On 4 February 2020, NERPS, together with Taoyaka Program, launched its first research seminar with four distinguished guests from Japan and the United States. The seminar was held at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation and attended by graduate students and faculty staff.
Prof Vally Koubi of ETH-Zurich presented her ongoing research on the implications of climate change migration on urban conflict by comparing survey data from Kenya and Vietnam. Prof Akira Hibiki of Tohoku University explained the impact of air pollution on child health according to gender in households of Bangladesh. Dr Joshua Fisher of AC4 at Earth Institute of Columbia University made a case for integrated sustainability and deeper collaboration in managing environmental conflict and achieving the SDGs based on multi-year fieldwork in Papua New Guinea. Dr Shoko Kohama of Hokkaido University shared her research work on the role of soft power in public diplomacy by experimenting on various outcomes of confirmation bias, leader cues, and negative perceptions.
Dr Ayyoob Sharifi and Dr Dahlia Simangan facilitated the open discussion. The program with the lecture titles can be found here.