Core Members

Shinji Kaneko, Director

Shinji Kaneko is a Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Science 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, Associate Professor (Environment, Sustainability)

Ayyoob Sharifi is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Hiroshima University. He also has a cross-appointment at the Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering of Hiroshima University, and is a research fellow at the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS). Additionally, he serves as a visiting scholar at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan. 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 is currently serving 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, Assistant Professor (Peace)

Dahlia Simangan is an Assistant Professor at Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences where she teaches Global Governance and Peacebuilding Case Studies. She is a former JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo. She obtained her PhD in International, Political and Strategic Studies from the Australian National University in 2017, her MA in International Relations from the International University of Japan in 2010, and her BA in Sociology from the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2006. Her research interest in peace and conflict studies includes topics on international peacebuilding, the United Nations peacekeeping operations, and International Relations in the Anthropocene. She is the Assistant Editor of Peacebuilding and a member of the Planet Politics Institute. Personal website

Chui Ying Lee, Postdoctoral Researcher

Chui Ying Lee is a postdoctoral researcher under NERPS. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, under the Development Policy department. By doing impact evaluation of policies and programs conducted in developing economies, she is keen to address the sustainable growth of socio-economic and environmental issues.

Manabu Kosako

Manabu Kosako oversees the University Research Administration department in charge of supporting NERPS research activities. He believes that communication, such as interaction and collaboration with researchers inside and outside the university, is essential for strengthening the research capabilities of the university and URA activities. The activities of NERPS, which contributes to solving global social issues such as SDGs, are important, centering on the formation of networks with researchers in Japan and overseas.


Tomomi Yamane

Tomomi Yamane is a researcher at the Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS), Hiroshima University, Japan. After working at Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA), and Osaka Kyoiku University, she came to Hiroshima University in 2016. Her research fields include Development Economics, and Microeconometrics. Her work on SDG implementations includes “Hiroshima University SDGs awareness Survey”, and “Impact of Raising Awareness of Sustainable Development Goals: A Survey Experiment Eliciting Stakeholder Preferences for Corporate Behavior” (with Shinji Kaneko) in Journal of Cleaner Production. She completed a Ph.D program without a dissertation at Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University.

Yujiro Tokumitsu

Yujiro Tokumitsu is a Research Administrator at Office of Academic Research and Industry-Government Collaboration, and has been involved in NERPS as one of the staff members in charge of administration since 2018.

Mayumi Tokunaga

Mayumi Tokunaga (rightmost in the photo) joined NERPS in November 2020 as an administrative assistant. She performs administrative duties to ensure the efficient functioning of NERPS. She wishes NERPS to be a global and active group that contributes to solving the most pressing issues in the world.