Shihoko Yamaguchi

Senior Research Fellow
Master (Environmental Studies)

■Research Area
Environmental Studies, Sustainability, SDGs, Future Society, Sustainability Transformation (SX)

Humanity has always opened up new worlds by acquiring technology and energy, and overcoming challenges to reach new heights. Today, we are confronted with global issues such as climate change, resource problems, and the novel coronavirus.
To address these issues, I am taking two approaches.

The first is “creating the future”, a practical process and network of thinking, dialogue, action, and creation of a desirable future society with diverse people.

The second is “harmony of individuals”. Each individual must think about what they want to do, make choices, and discover their own answers. Thus, the way of life of each individual will become sustainable. I am pursuing a new philosophy to achieve this.
In both cases, my strength lies in getting people to mentally adopt issues as their own, drawing on my experience of working with local governments, NPOs, and NGOs in a variety of settings.

I have been interested in the environment and nature since I was a child, and the world view of “Nausicaa” has been one of the bases of my activities. I will continue my research and activities with “think globally, act locally” as my motto.

Brief History

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1983. She specializes in environmental studies. After completing a master’s degree in environmental systems at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, She worked as a local government official, NGO official, and NPO official before joining GLOCOM in 2015. She has been conducting hands-on research across various sectors on social issues such as climate change, disasters, and the aging of society, as well as on budding future science and technology.

Major Lectures

  • “Diversity and the way of working and living in the future”, Information Moral Awareness Seminar in Yamaguchi, organized by the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, Chugoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Hyper Network Society Research Institute, February 3, 2021
  • “How to Utilize ICT to Function Effectively in Disaster Situations: Development and Practice of “Assessment of Evacuation Shelters and Community Support Bases””, hosted by the Japan Society for Disaster Information, 22nd Annual Conference of the Japan Society for Disaster Information, November 29, 2020
  • “No One Left Behind: SDGs x Communication Workshop”, online event hosted by ACT SDGs, June 21, 2020
  • “Changing Disaster Response with Field-Based Approach and Data Utilization,” Disaster Reduction Promotion Council, Cabinet Office, National Council for Disaster Reduction, Disaster Reduction Promotion National Convention 2019, October 20, 2019
  • “Dialogue and Social Translation”, STI Horizon Magazine Skill Up Seminar, hosted by the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, July 18, 2019

Major Achievements

2018 – Visiting Researcher, RIKEN Innovation Design Office
2020 – Partner, Cross-border Leadership Project

Educational Background

Bachelor of Earth Environment, Faculty of Education and Human Sciences, Yokohama National University, (Environmental Studies)
Master of Environmental Systems, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo (Environmental Studies)


2008 Joined Fussa City Office (Environment Division)
2012 Environmental Business Women Public-Private Partnership Coordinator (Ministry of the Environment projects, etc.)
2013 Coordinator for Public-Private Partnerships, NPO BeGood Café (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry project, etc.)
2015 Senior Researcher, GLOCOM, International University of Japan
2018 Visiting Researcher, RIKEN Innovation Design Office
2021 Representative of Wholeness Lab (in addition, part-time staff member of RIKEN Innovation Design Office, part-time researcher of non-profit organization MIRATUKU)



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