Core Members

Shinji Kaneko, Director

portrait_kaneko_20171Shinji Kaneko is a Professor at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC) 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)

ayyoobAyyoob Sharifi is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University. Ayyoob’s research is mainly at the interface of urbanism and climate change mitigation and adaptation. He 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- leading the urban flagship activity of the project which 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. Ayyoob 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 communities.

Dahlia Simangan, Assistant Professor (Peace)

dahlia-1Dahlia Simangan is an Assistant Professor at Hiroshima University’s Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation (IDEC). 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. Dr. Simangan’s research interest in peace and conflict studies includes topics on international peacebuilding, the United Nations peacekeeping operations, International Relations in the Anthropocene, and human rights issues in the Philippines. She has professional experience in government research, policy research and communication, and project management. Personal website

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Naho Ichikawa, Administrative Assistant

Naho Ichikawa joined NERPS in November 2018 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.