Video: Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs on Sustainable Development as a Path to Peace

The video from the first webinar on Peace and Sustainability in the Context of Global Change with Prof Jeffrey Sachs is now live on our brand new YouTube channel and with edited English subtitles. Japanese subtitles will be up soon, so subscribed to our channel to make sure you don’t miss it and all our upcoming events and activities.

NERPS Publication: The literature landscape on peace–sustainability nexus

The literature landscape on peace–sustainability nexus: A scientometric analysis


Ayyoob Sharifi, Dahlia Simangan, and Shinji Kaneko

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Abstract:Academics, policymakers, and practitioners have long considered peace and sustainability to be fundamentally linked. However, despite the increased attention paid toward the intersection of peace and sustainability, there is still limited knowledge on the nature of their linkages. To advance the current understanding on the peace–sustainability nexus and inform an integrated research agenda, this paper employs a scientometric analysis of literature to identify publication trends, thematic clusters, and knowledge gaps. Analyzing the publications according to the types of peace, the pillars of positive peace, the dimensions of sustainability, and the SDGs further reveals weak engagement among academic disciplines and across the SDGs. The results of this analysis emphasize the need for future research to focus on underexamined subjects, geographic regions, and sectors to bolster the linkages between peace and sustainability.

NERPS Webinar: A Conversation with Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University in Japan is hosting a series of webinars on the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. This series is situated within the urgent need to deal with the implications of global change, including the COVID-19 pandemic, for peace and sustainability.

The webinar sessions serve as a platform for rethinking and updating the current discourse on peace and sustainability amidst these global challenges and transformations. Leading experts will discuss the role of resources, digital technologies, migration, governance, and education in peacebuilding, conflict mitigation, humanitarian aid, and capacity-building, among other components that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainabile Development Goals, particularly that of Goal 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

In celebration of this year’s International Peace Day, our inaugural guest speaker is Prof. Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University. He will talk about how sustainable development offers a path to peace, both by ensuring a global society that is fair for all and by encouraging international cooperation that can help to overcome fear, bigotry, and narrowmindedness.

Registration is now closed.

Register here to participate online >>>

Limited slots for in-person participation at the 2F, Reception Hall, Faculty Club, Higashi-Hiroshima campus, Hiroshima University is also available. Preventive measures against Covid-19 will be in place for the safety of the participants.

To register for in-person participation or receive the live stream link for YouTube or Facebook, fill out the form below.

NERPS Publication: Three decades of research on climate change and peace

Three decades of research on climate change and peace: a bibliometrics analysis

Sustainability Science

Special Feature: Review Article (The Sustainability-Peace Nexus in the Context of Global Change)

Ayyoob Sharifi, Dahlia Simangan, and Shinji Kaneko

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Abstract: Over the past 3 decades, a vast body of research has been published on the interactions between climate change and events that undermine negative peace. Consequently, several review papers have been published in the last few years on this nexus. However, there is still a lack of a comprehensive bibliometrics analysis of the field. Accordingly, the main aim of this study is to fill this gap to advance our understanding of the existing literature. For this purpose, we analyzed 1337 articles indexed in the Web of Science using VOSviewer and SciMAT that are two commonly used software tools for science mapping and bibliometrics analysis. The SciMAT tool was also used to examine thematic evolution of the nexus over three consecutive sub-periods (i.e., 1990–2007, 2008–2014, and 2015–2020). Results show that research on this nexus has grown steadily since 1990, but the trends have rapidly increased after the publication of the IPCC assessment report in 2007. Four major thematic focus areas were identified, namely, (1) war and violent conflict, (2) political tensions and institutional mechanisms to deal with conflicts, (3) disasters and other climatic impacts that may lead to massive human displacements, and (4) conflicts/cooperation related to water resources. Results of the SciMAT analysis confirm and add weight to these findings. They also show that, over time, issues related to environmental security have gained more attention. An important finding is that the focus has mainly been on war and violent conflicts and other events are not well addressed. The article concludes with some recommendations for future research.

Postponed to October 2021: NERPS Conference

Important Announcement: Due to the uncertainties and challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizing committee decided to postpone this year’s conference to October 2021. The health and safety of our participants and communities are important to us. The new dates and arrangements will be announced as soon as we finalize the details.

This postponement is an opportunity for us to deepen our collaboration in the lead-up to October 2021. We will be holding several virtual events to start engaging prospective presenters and participants with the themes of the conference. Kindly watch this space and our associated social media accounts for announcements. Thank you for your support and understanding.

About the Conference

2020 NERPS Conference poster

The Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS) at Hiroshima University will hold its inaugural international conference on Peace and Sustainability in the Context of Global Change at Hiroshima University, Japan from 23-24 October 2020.

The 2020 NERPS Biennial Conference invites abstracts for research papers and posters that interrogate the relationship between peace and sustainability in the context of environmental, socio-political, economic, and technological transformations. We welcome a diverse range of disciplinary approaches and methodologies examining peace-sustainability nexus in relation to resources, digital technologies, migration, governance, and education. Download the conference poster.

Scientific Committee

Joshua Fisher – Columbia University
Akira Hibiki – Tohoku University
Fumiko Kasuga – Future Earth Global Hub, Japan
Vally Koubi – ETH Zurich
Paul Shrivastava – Pennsylvania State University
Hassan Virji – Hiroshima University / START

Key Dates

To submit an abstract, please download and fill out this form and send it to with subject line “2020 NERPS Conference.”
May 31 – abstract submission deadline
June 15 – notification of results
July 15 – early registration deadline
August 30 – late registration deadline
September 30 – paper submission deadline (for award consideration)*
*Note: Full papers are not required except from those who want to be considered for the best paper awards.

Registration Fees (JPY)

Registration fees can be paid via bank transfer or Paypal. Details for the registration and payment process will be announced on 31 May 2020.
Early registration
Standard – 30,000
Student – 15,000
Final registration
Standard – 40,000
Student – 20,000
We have limited slots for non-presenting participants. Register early to reserve your place.
Standard – 50,000
Student – 25,000


The Scientific Committee will select the best papers for the following categories. Awardees will be invited to submit their papers for potential publication in a special journal issue. Details will be announced later.

Best Poster Award (student category)
Best Paper Award (student category)
Best Paper Award (early career researcher category)
Best Paper Award (senior researcher category)

The following information will be announced later.

Keynote speakers
Plenary session speakers
Reception dinner
Travel and accommodation guide for participants

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NERPS launched its first research seminar with four distinguished guests

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.

2020 Research Seminar 1
Prof Vally Koubi of ETH-Zurich on “Climate Change Migration and Urban Conflict”

2020 Research Seminar 2
Prof Akira Hibiki of Tohoku University on “Gender Differences in Associations of Household and Ambient Air Pollution with Child Health: Evidence from Household and Satellite-based Data in Bangladesh”

2020 Research Seminar 3
Dr Joshua Fisher of AC4, Earth Institute, Columbia University on “Environment, Peace, and Security: Overcoming Conflict to Achieve the 2030 Sustainability Agenda”

2020 Research Seminar 4
Dr Shoko Kohama of Hokkaido University on “Searching for Soft Power in Experiments: Confirmation Bias, Leader Cues, and Negativity in Public Diplomacy”

2020 Research Seminar 5
We thank our invited guests and attendees to the first NERPS Research Seminar, jointly hosted by Taoyaka Program.







2020 NERPS Scoping Workshop

On 3 February 2020, NERPS held its 2020 scoping workshop at Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima campus. NERPS Director, Prof Shinji Kaneko, opened the morning session to present to the participants the achievements and way forward for NERPS. He was followed by a presentation by Dr Dahlia Simangan about the concept paper on peace-sustainability nexus based on the 2019 Hiroshima Dialogue Forum. Dr Ayyoob Sharifi then shared the preliminary results of a literature review of published works on peace and sustainability.

NERPS advisory board members, Prof Paul Shrivastava and Prof Hassan Virji (who joined us via Zoom), gave their remarks to the presentations and invited the participants to share their comments. The participants then provided their suggestions for how the Science Plan should be developed and the important elements that should be incorporated in it.

In the afternoon session, Prof Kaneko led the discussions about the future plans of NERPS, including a 2-year grant program, cross-appointments of visiting professors, and the first biennial conference to be held in October 2020. Details of these events will be shared with our network once they have been finalized.

We thank the following participants for their time and valuable inputs during the workshop: Joshua Fisher, Columbia University; Akira Hibiki, Tohoku University; Gaku Ito, Hiroshima University; Fumiko Kasuga, Future Earth Japan Hub; Mari Katayanagi, Hiroshima University; Minseo Kim, Hiroshima University; Vally Koubi, ETH Zurich; Prem Pangotra, Hiroshima University; Giles Sioen, Future Earth Japan Hub; Keiko Tanaka, Hiroshima University; Yuki Yoshida Hiroshima University.


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1st NERPS Research Seminar

NERPS, in collaboration with Taoyaka Program, will hold its first Research Seminar on 4 February 2020 from 2:00pm-5:15pm at the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation at Hiroshima University’s Higashi-Hiroshima campus.

NERPS invited Vally Koubi of ETH Zurich, Akira Hibiki of Tohoku University, Joshua Fisher of Columbia University, and Shoko Kohama of Hokkaido University to share their research on peace and sustainability to academic staff and students on campus. The seminar will be a public event, and attendees are invited to join the discussion after the presentations.

1st NERPS Seminar Program

Call for Papers for Sustainability Science: The sustainability–peace nexus in the context of global change

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Sustainability Science journal. The Issue offers a platform for synthesizing existing knowledge and advancing the current understanding of sustainability–peace nexus in the context of global change. It aims to draw together a collection of high-quality papers, addressing uni- and bi-directional causal linkages between sustainability and peace, as well as challenges and opportunities for promoting and sustaining peaceful environments that benefit human societies and the natural world. We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit original research articles, case studies, reviews, critical perspectives, and viewpoint articles on topics related to peace and sustainability. Kindly check this link for examples of topics and details of submission and peer-review process.



The inaugural Hiroshima Dialogue Forum on Peace-Sustainability Nexus successfully held

10-11 August 2019 | Hiroshima University, Japan

Experts and practitioners from Japan and overseas came to Hiroshima University to participate in the two-day interactive and intensive discussion for the inaugural Hiroshima Dialogue Forum on the Sustainability-Peace Nexus in the Context of Global Change.

The objective of the Forum was to engage a diverse community of experts in considering complex interactions at the intersections of sustainability and peace in the context of rapid global changes and global effort to achieve sustainable development goals, especially SDG 16 on “Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.” Click here for the 2-day agenda of the Forum.

The Forum was organized in close collaboration with representatives of the Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan government’s national agencies, regional and local private sector representatives, and international organizations based in Japan, Europe, North America. Participants from Austria, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, China, India, Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, the UK, and the USA engaged in the Forum. They were from academia, government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, international scientific programs, the private sector, and the public sector. The Forum agenda enabled insightful discussions among the participants who collectively distilled a list of priority research themes to be carried out by NERPS and its partners. 

The outcomes of the Forum will be a synthesis of the perspectives of stakeholders from various communities on challenges of the nexus of peace and sustainability and a collection of research articles for a proposed Special Issue in the Sustainability Science journal, with a target publication date of 2020. All participants are now members of NERPS.

NERPS will hold the second Hiroshima Dialogue Forum in 2021.