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Sustainability, Social Justice, and Resource Management

About the lecturer

Dr. Hiroe Ishihara is an Associate Professor at the Sustainable Society Design Center, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo and current Pew Marine Fellow. Her work focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem assessments, as well as seafood supply chain and common pool resource management. She is currently involved in Values Assessment Report published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and Grenada National Ecosystem Assessment (Grenada NEA).
From 2003 to 2006, she worked as a Programme Officer in the Environment Unit of the United Nations Development Programme, Yemen Office, in charge of various Global Environment Facility (GEF) funded projects. After that, she moved back to academia to pursue a master’s and PhD degree in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. She obtained PhD degree in 2016 by conducting research on terraced paddy fields and irrigation channel management in Japan.
Assoc. Prof. Hiroe Ishihara


1 Subject Sustainability, Social Justice, and Resource Management
2 Field Ecological economics, institutional economics, environmental sociology
3 Key words Sustainable Development, common pool resource management, equality and equity
4 Global Unit 0.5
5 Lecturer Hiroe Ishihara
6 Period June 19 - 23, 2023
7 Time 3:00-4:30pm (Japan Standard Time)
8 Lecture style Online (live virtual class)
9 Evaluation Criteria Excellent (S) 90 –100%; Very good (A) 80–89%; Good (B) 70–79%; Pass (C) 60–69%; Fail (D) 0–59%
10 Evaluation methods The students who attend this course will be evaluated by: i) their attendance (50%) (note that the attendance includes the active participation in the group discussion) and ii) their essay at the end of the course (50%).
11 Prerequisites There is not specific prerequisite for this course, however, students with background in economics and sociology are welcome.
12 Contents Purpose
The lecture is implemented to deepen the students’ understanding of ‘sustainability’ and ‘justice’. Despite the fact that plethora of SDGs related initiatives, sustainability remains a vague concept. Students who successfully completed this course will be able to understand the multifacetedness of sustainability and the fact that inclusive society with equity and equality needs to be promoted alongside sustainability.

The lecture will be given on-line. The lecture will be composed of presentation by the lecturer and group discussion and presentation.

From 19th June-23rd June
4th period: 3:00-4:30pm (Japan Standard Time)

1st Lecture (19th June) – History of Sustainability and sustainable development

2nd Lecture (20th June) – Sustainability and resource management from Economics perspective (Part 1)

3rd Lecture (21st June) – Sustainability and resource management from Economics perspective (Part 2)

4th Lecture (22nd June) - Sustainability and resource management from Sociological and anthropological perspective (Part 1)

5th Lecture (23rd June) - Sustainability and resource management from Sociological and anthropological perspective (Part 2)

Essay topics will be provided during the last lecture on Friday 23rd June. The students are required to choose one topic and write an essay (min 1500 words to max. 2000 words). In the essay the students are required to refer to at least 5 peer-reviewed papers (papers in a journal).
13 Required readings The reading list will be provided in UTeLF sytem by the Early June 2023.
14 Reference readings ​Will be provided through the UTeLF in advance.
15 Notes on Taking the Course -


UTokyo Global Unit Courses
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