Core Members


Shinji Kaneko is the Executive Vice President for Global Initiatives and a Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hiroshima University. He graduated from the School of Engineering at Kyushu University majoring in water engineering (Dr. of Engineering). Immediately after the completion of his doctoral program, he joined the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in 1999 as a researcher and conducted research on urban climate policy in Asian megacities for three years. He also worked at global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training (START) as a Research Fellow for three years from 2005. In 2018, he was appointed as the Director of Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University. He has conducted numerous policy research on natural resources, energy, and the environment in developing countries.

AYYOOB SHARIFI (Environment and Sustainability)

Ayyoob Sharifi is Professor at the IDEC Institute, Hiroshima University. His research is mainly at the interface of urbanism and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Ayyoob actively contributes to global change research programs such as the Future Earth and has served as a lead author for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Before joining Hiroshima University, he was the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project (GCP)-a Future Earth core project. There, he was leading the urban flagship activity of the project that is focused on conducting cutting-edge research for supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation in cities. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (Surveying), a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, and a doctorate in Environmental Engineering. He has published extensively on issues related to urban environmental science and is interested in pursuing research at the interface of climate change and urban planning. The ultimate goal of his research is to provide further insights into how to develop sustainable, peaceful, just, and resilient urban communities.

DAHLIA SIMANGAN (Peace and Security)

Dahlia Simangan is Associate Professor at Hiroshima University’s The IDEC Institute and Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science. She holds a PhD in International, Political, and Strategic Studies from the Australian National University (2017), and a former Kanagawa University JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow (nominated by the United Nations University-Centre for Policy Research in Tokyo). She is the author of ‘International Peacebuilding and Local Involvement: A Liberal Renaissance’ (Routledge, 2019) and several research articles on post-conflict peacebuilding, the relationship between peace and sustainability, and international relations in the Anthropocene. She is an Assistant Editor of Peacebuilding and a member of the Planet Politics Institute. Personal website


Masayuki Kondo is an associate professor at the IDEC Institute, Hiroshima University. He has been a leading scientist in the greenhouse gas budget assessment study under the international project,  REgional Carbon Cycle Assessment and Processes 2 (RECCAP2), since 2018.
With bachelor’s and master’s degrees in High Energy Particle Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas, Kondo pursued a brief career in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiment at Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire (CERN) before pursuing a career in Geophysical research. He earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Hokkaido University, Japan.
His research aims to assess reliable greenhouse gas budgets at regional and global scales using terrestrial ecosystem models, atmospheric inversions, including GOSAT CO2/CH4 inversions, and empirical upscaling of greenhouse gas fluxes from eddy flux observations, and to provide insight into prospects of biogeochemical cycles of Earth. To date, Kondo has produced achievements, including identifying the significant sink-source change in the Southeast Asian CO2 budget between decades and the role of plant regrowth in the recent enhancement of terrestrial CO2 uptake.
Currently, his research focuses on filling a gap between carbon budgets from ‘top-down’ and ‘bottom-up’ approaches, particularly in tropical regions. Also, he is leading a synthesis of global and regional carbon budget assessments from multiple approaches and processes, aiming to contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).


Masatoshi Sato joined NERPS in February 2021 as Senior Assistant to the NERPS Director after retiring from the Japanese foreign service at the end of March 2020. His main duties include liaising between NERPS and higher education and other institutions NERPS works with.


Saori Fukuoka joined NERPS in April 2023 as Education and Research Coordinator on SDGs. She has worked in administrative and educational support roles at Hiroshima University since 2015 after completing her Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Psychology at York University in Toronto. Saori obtained her Master’s degree in Humanities from Hiroshima University. She attended the first NERPS conference – Hiroshima International Conference on Peace and Sustainability 2022 – as a presenting participant. Her research paper titled “Mindfulness-Based Nonviolence and Engaged Buddhism: Thich Nhat Hanh’s Contribution to Sustainable Peace” is included in the NERPS publication, Integrated Approaches to Peace and Sustainability. Saori’s work enhances the function of NERPS as a one-stop office for university-wide SDGs-related activities.
Saori’s early career was in early childhood education, teaching in Japan for 10 years. She was also involved in the tourism industry, has worked as a tour conductor, and is a certified Hiroshima Prefectural Government Licensed Guide Interpreter. In Toronto, she was actively involved in Japanese social services, supporting people of all ages, from children to the elderly, while teaching Japanese language and culture to local students.


Yoshiko Naribayashi joined NERPS in February 2021 as an administrative assistant. She performs administrative duties to ensure the administrative operation of NERPS. She wishes NERPS to be a global and vibrant network of innovators and problem-solvers.

Former Members

Tomomi Yamane – Researcher
Yujiro Tokumitsu – University Research Administrator
Mayumi Tokunaga – Administrative Assistant
Naho Ichikawa – Administrative Assistant
Chui Ying Lee – Postdoctoral Researcher