and Risk
in Democracies


  • Coordinators
  • French team
  • Japanese team

Dr François GEMENNE


A political scientist by training, François Gemenne is a research fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) and a lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, the University of Paris 13 and the Free University of Brussels.

His research deals with populations displaced by environmental changes and the policies of adaptation to climate change. He has conducted field studies in New Orleans, Tuvalu, China, Central Asia, the Maldives and Mauritius.

Between 2007 and 2009, he supervised the research clusters on Asia-Pacific and Central Asia of the European research project EACH-FOR (standing for ‘Environmental Changes and Forced Migration Scenarios’). He has also been the scientific advisor of the exhibition Native Land. Stop Eject, presented at the Fondation Cartier in Paris in Winter 2008. He has consulted for several organisations, including the International Organisation of Migration (IOM), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the British Government and the ACP Observatory on Migration. In 2010, he was awarded the ISDT-Wernaers Prize for achievement in the communication of science to the general public.

He holds a joint doctorate in political science from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Liege (Belgium). He also holds a Master in Development, Environment and Societies from the University of Louvain, as well as a Master of Research in Political Science from the London School of Economics. Between 2008 and 2010, he was awarded a post-doctoral scholarship from AXA Fund for Scientific Research. He has published in various journals, including Science and Global Environmental Change, and has authored four books: Controverses climatiques (edited with E. Zaccai and JM Decroly, in French, Presses de Sciences Po 2012), Anticiper pour s’adapter (with L. Tubiana and A. Magnan, in French, Pearson 2010), Géopolitique du changement climatique (in French, Armand Colin 2009), and Nations and their Histories : Constructions and Representations (edited with Susana Carvalho, Palgrave Macmillan 2009).


Prof. Norichika KANIE


Norichika Kanie is associate professor at the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. He is also a Research Fellow at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) in the Sustainable Development Governance (SDG) initiative. His research focuses on international environmental governance. Among others he serves as a scientific steering committee member of the Earth Systems Governance project of IHDP, and editorial board member of the journal Global Environmental Governance. Currently he is a co-chair of the Working Party on Climate, Investment and Development (WPCID) at OECD, and a member of the UNEP International Environmental Governance Advisory Group. Since 1996 he has been a representative of Japan to air pollution regime negotiations in East Asia (EANET). From August 2009 to July 2010 he was a Marie Curie Incoming International Fellow of the European Commission and based in Sciences Po, Paris. His recent publications include: “Allocation and architecture in climate governance beyond Kyoto: lessons from interdisciplinary research on target setting”, International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics (2010, lead author); “Post-2012 Institutional Architecture to Address Climate Change: A Proposal for Effective Governance. Global Warming and Climate Change”, in Grover, V.I. ed. Global Warming and Climate Change: Ten Years After Kyoto and Still Counting (2008); Co-editor of Climate Change in Asia United Nations University Press (2008, with Y. Kameyama, A. P.Sari, M. H. Soejachmoen) and Emerging Forces in Environmental Governance (2004, with Peter M. Haas). He received his Ph.D. in Media and Governance from the Keio University.


Dr Alexandre Magnan

Alexandre Magnan is research fellow at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Sciences Po Paris. He holds a PhD in Geography. His research deals with the development of vulnerability assessments, as well as theoretical and applied reflections on adaptation to environmental change. He currently leads two research projects: CapAdapt on adaptive capacity to climate change, and VulneraRe on trajectories of vulnerability analysis and assessment.

Some of his recent publications include "Ces îles qui pourraient disparaître" (with V. Duvat, in French, Le Pommier 2012) and "Anticiper pour s'adapter" (with L. Tubiana and F. Gemenne, in French, Pearson 2010).



Reiko Hasegawa is a research fellow in charge of the field research for the DEVAST project at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Sciences Po Paris. After completing a Master's degree (M.A.) in International Affairs in Canada, specialized in conflict analysis, Reiko worked for a humanitarian NGO as Field Coordinator and Country Representative in Iraq, Kosovo and Sierra Leone. In 2003, she joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), assigned as Associate Programme Officer in Slovenia and Head of Field Office in Indonesia. During these missions, she was in charge of various assistance projects for asylum-seekers, refugees, returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in emergency operations, such as those associated with the Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of 2004, as well as post-conflict/post-disaster reconstruction programmes. She also worked for JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) as Associate Expert, managing development and peacebuilding programmes. Through the DEVAST project, she wishes to contribute to the better understanding of the situation that evacuees have faced during and after the disaster, and to the enforced disaster management by drawing lessons and making effective policy recommendations.



Michel Colombier is an agricultural engineer and doctor of economics. He currently serves as the Scientific Director of IDDRI. Specialist in energy and climate issues, he's also a former member of the GEF and FGEF scientific panels. After a stint at the CEEETA (University of Lisbon), he joined ADEME, the French Environment Agency, then headed ICE.
He helped to set up IDDRI in 2001.


Prof. Claude HENRY

Claude Henry is a physicist (quantum mechanics) turned economist.
He has taught public economics and environment economics at Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and at Lausanne University; he has written articles and books on these subjects.

He is a professor on innovation and sustainable development at Sciences Po Paris and an Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. From 1997 to 2002, he was an adviser to the Prime Minister of France on matters pertaining to public utilities and environmental policies; he is currently an adviser to the Director of the European Environmental Agency.
Claude Henry is the Chair of IDDRI's Scientific Council.



Rina Kojima is an intern for the DEVAST project at IDDRI, from March to July 2012. Currently enrolled in the Erasmus Mundus Master's programme Phoenix, she majors in Public Health at EHESS in France and at Linköping University in Sweden. "Trauma and Risk caused by the Disaster of the 11th March 2011 in Japan" is the subject of her Master's thesis. Her passion is the Japanese traditional harp, Koto. Rina aims to contribute to the reconstruction of Japan by her research and music, and disseminate its research result to the world through the DEVAST project.


Daria Mokhnacheva

Daria Mokhnacheva is an intern for the DEVAST project at IDDRI. After graduating from the University of Cambridge (UK), where she was awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Japanese Studies and Social and Political Sciences, Daria worked at UNDP Russia as Programme Associate in the Energy and Environment Unit. She resumed her studies in 2010 and completed a Masters in Environment and Sustainable Development at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs in 2012. In the course of her studies she focused on environmental migration (including the resettlement of the population of Chernobyl), development, institutional and legal frameworks, and governance in the context of natural disasters. In 2011 she contributed to the IDDRI-IOM publication The State of Environmental Migration 2010 with a paper analyzing the response to the forest fires in Russia in 2010.

Mokhnacheva, D. 'Wildfires in Russia'. The State of Environmental Migration 2010. IDDRI/IOM, 2011, pp. 27-38.


Prof. Noriyuki UEDA

Noriyki Ueda is Professor at the Centre for Liberal Arts and the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
He is a renowned anthropologist in Japan. He has been in charge of editorials and book reviews for the Japanese main newspapers, and also appears often on TV. He studied anthropology at the Undergraduate and Graduate School of the University of Tokyo, and obtained his PhD in Medicine at the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He became Professor at TITech in February 2012, after serving as Associate Professor since 1996. Prior to TITech, he taught at the University of Ehime as Associate Professor between 1993 and 1996. Meanwhile, he was Associate Professor at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies (1994-97) and Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo (2003-05). From April 2005 until February 2006, he was a visiting fellow at the Stanford Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford University, USA. Currently his work focuses on the revitalisation of Japanese Buddhism, heading the School of Buddhism Renaissance since 2003, which was designed for monks from all Buddhist streams to exchange opinions and share experiences. At TITech, he was selected as the best teacher based on results from students' evaluations, and awarded the Best Teacher's Award by TITech.
In December 2006, he met His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in India, and the content of their discussion was published in a book, "Wake up, Buddhism! From a discussion with the Dalai Lama" (unofficial translation, NHK books 2007). His book, "The Meaning of Living" (unofficial translation), Iwanami Shinsho (2005) was the most cited literature in the University Entrance Examination for more than 40 universities in 2006.


Prof. Shunji MATSUOKA

Shunji Matsuoka is Professor at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies and Director of the Institute for Global Sustainability at Waseda University. He earned his PhD in Environmental Management from the Graduate School of Biosphere Sciences, Hiroshima University.
His specialties are environmental economics, environmental policy, international development and cooperation, international environmental cooperation, and policy evaluation. He became Professor at Waseda University in April 2007 after serving as Assistant Professor and Professor at Hiroshima University. He was invited to Malaya University as Visiting Professor in 1996 and American University as a Visiting Researcher in 2000. He was also a Visiting Professor in the Arid Research Center at Tottori University from 2009 to 2010. He is now General Manager of the Campus Asia - EAUI Program.
He is also conducting several research projects on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, climate change in Asia, integrated solid waste management in Sri Lanka, and environmental innovation.
Some of his major publications include Matsuoka S. et al. (Eds), New Perspective of Asian Regional Integration, Keiso Shobo (in Japanese, 2011); Matsuoka S. (Ed.), Effective Environmental Management in Developing Countries: Assessing Social Capacity Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007); Matsuoka S. and A. Kuchiki (Eds), IDE Spot Survey: Social Capacity Development for Environmental Management in Asia: Japan's Environmental Cooperation after Johannesburg Summit 2002 (Institute of Development Economies, 2003).



Erin Kennedy is an Education and Research Assistant at the Graduate school of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Erin is the Earth System Governance Tokyo 2013 Conference Manager; this event is part of the global conference series organized by the Earth System Governance Project. Erin is also the Programme Assistant for the Sustainable Urban Futures programme at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan. She has received two master's degrees: the first was a MA in development studies from Lund University in Sweden and the second was a MA in Chinese Society, Public Policy and Law from Fudan University in China. Erin is involved with the Low Carbon Campus project at Fudan University, China, where she is a visiting scholar within the Urban Co-Benefits Programme. While in China, Erin worked for two NGOs: a grassroots initiative that provides orphaned adolescents with the opportunity for continued education in an area of trade as a Director of Communications; and an international NGO that builds housing for families and individuals following natural disasters, in which she was in charge of resource development.



Magali Dreyfus is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University in Japan. She holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and has been a research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria. She is interested in legal and institutional issues related to the provision of public services, climate change and environmental matters in urban areas. Her current research deals with the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation measures in the provision of essential services in the cities. It is financed by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).


Masahito TANADA

Masahito Tanada is a Master's student and belongs to Professor Kanie's research group in the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology (TITech). He majors in International Politics and holds a Bachelor of Science in Bioscience from TITech.



Since April 2011, Yohei Yamada is a Master's student and belongs to Professor Matsuoka's research group at Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Waseda University. His research focuses on the issue of renewable energy and the smart city. He graduated from the School of Social Sciences at Waseda University in March, 2011. His undergraduate study was on environmental policy and the European Union.



Yui Nakagawa graduated from the Faculty of Comparative Culture, Sophia University, in 2010.
She joined Professor Kanie's Lab as a graduate student, with a particular focus on the European Integration and Energy policy, planning to pursue her research on these topics. She is currently a candidate for Master of Arts at the Department of Value and Decision Science, Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology. Her Master's thesis addresses the nuclear policy of France and Germany from the perspective of comparative politics.



Miho Akatsuka is a Master's student and belongs to Professor Ueda's research group at the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
She majors in Anthropology, focusing on the spirituality among Japanese. This Japanese 'spirituality', she believes, could help alleviate the suffering of those who were victims of the 11 March catastrophe.