Lab. Members


  • Mssayuki Sato (Professor)
    • Theme:  Environmental and Resource Economics, Economic  Valuation of the Environment and Ecosystem Services, Sustainable Development
    • Message: We are open to all students, who are interested in the environment, natural resources, ecology and ecosystem services, decision-making and public policy on environmental conservation, and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. We welcome such students with strong motivation and potential. We also welcome the applications to graduate school.
  • Paula Cano (D3)
    • Theme:  Resource Mining and Ecosystem Conservation
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  • Islam Saiful (D3)
    • Theme:  Food Security, Climate Change and Extreme Climatic Events
    • Message: I’m elated profoundly and feel lucky enough to be a student of Professor Masayuki Sato. I strongly believe that students those who are dreaming for amassing and skewing their knowledge on environmental economics, resource economics as well as ecosystem service value through surfing  into international horizons and illuminate himself/herself on these high valued and well recognized topics, Sensei’s Seminar is superb. Sensei is very much amiable and generous regarding knowledge sharing and caring. So, welcome to Seminar.
  • Xiaohui Ye (D1)
    • Theme:  Air pollution and public transportation in mega cities
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  • Shelly Shaw (M2)
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  • Terutada Araki (B4)
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  • Kento Kato (B4)
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  • Hiroya Kawaguchi(B4)
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  • Suzuka Kume (B4)
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  • Yushin Nibari (B4)
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  • Shinpei Sakurai (B4)
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  • Kouhei Tsuruta (B4)
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  • Mako Kataoka (B3)
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  • Mana Kitani (B3)
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  • Mio Yamaji (B3)
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  • Yuna Yoshino (B3)
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  • Miyu Sakata (currently absent from undergraduate course)
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  • Ippei Aoshima(Currently absent from Ph.D course
    • Theme:  Urban Ecosystem Service Valuation
    • Message:  環境経済学の知識をつけることもさることながら,様々な知識を体系づけて統合する能力を養うことができます。大量の情報が氾濫する現代社会において,目的に沿って情報を的確に運用し,自分で考えるための知的能力をつけることができるゼミです。

Researchers in past

  • Kazunobu Okubo(October 2017 – March 2019, Now working in Ryutsu Keizai University)
    • Theme:  Environmental and Resource Economics, Economic Valuation of Non-marketed Goods and Services, Social Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • Message:  We tackle a diverse range of issues from multiple disciplines and perspectives in our seminar. I enjoy the diversity of members’ interests and receive positive influence and inspiration. Come in and join us!
  • Runshinarith Phim (from Cambodia, October 2014 – April 2016, Now working in United Nations)
    • Theme: Human Capital and Development Economics
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  • Jeffry Thornton (from USA, June 2013 – June 2015. Now in Texas State University)
    • Theme: Ecological Economics
    • Message: I am writing, albeit belatedly, to thank you and your colleagues at the Graduate School for being my hosts during my period as visiting researcher at the School, June 2013 and June 2015.
      During this period, I was able to complete  numerous manuscripts and attend several international conferences and symposia, including International Conference on Salt Lake Research where I was honored to present a keynote address. Copies of the various publications have been sent to you by electronic mail. These include the paper on eutrophication as a “wicked problem” which has been well-received in the lake management literature, as well as several contributions dealing with aspects of ecological economics as applied to lakes and watershed. These latter papers were written in partnership with Dr Hebin Lin, who I know is well-known to you and who is now my wife.
      I was especially honored to be able to present my work to your Graduate School. Bringing my experiences to this knowledgeable body of individuals was a highlight of my tenure as visiting researcher. I was greatly impressed by the caliber of the staff and the quality of the students who were undertaking graduate studies in the School. These latter individuals represented a range of Pacific countries which was a great encouragement. The international outlook of the School and its staff was welcoming and encouraging to the students, as well as to visiting friends, such as me. The students and staff had many questions which stemmed from the presentation and extended the concepts and thoughts into new spheres and potential avenues of research. Clearly, the School encourages new thinking and thoughtful consideration of concepts and ideal Clearly, the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment is seeking to graduate individuals wishing and capable of making significant contribution to our world.
      In closing, let me again thank you  of your kind hospitality, and commend you, your colleagues, and students for the exceptional way in which you are contributing to our shared human development and environment. It is through such dedicated scholarship, practical exchange of information, and results-focused education that we can make a positive difference, and truly seek to achieve the outcome of sustainable development and preserved environment that is fundamental to our human survival.

 (Letter from Jeff.pdf uploaded with his permission)


AY 2020

  • Tasuku Seko (BA)
    • Theme:  Application of travel cost methods to urban green space with simulation of facility change
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  • Hideka Shigemitsu(BA)
    • Theme:  Evaluation of cultural facility as public goods
    • Message: このゼミの魅力は分野の幅広さです。環境経済学が主ですが、財政学、文化など興味のある事を絡めて研究することができます。また、佐藤先生は親しみやすく、どんな相談にも丁寧に応じていただけます。佐藤ゼミにしてよかったと思います。これから卒論に向けてがんばります。
  • Kou Yanagibayashi(BA)
    • Theme:  Social Capital and the role of Sports
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AY 2019

  • Sota Murao(BA)
    • Theme:  Redevelopment of green resort site in Japan
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  • Tomohiro Yamaguchi (BA)
    • Theme:  Valuation of biodiversity in urban green spaces
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AY 2018

  • Paula Cano (Went to Doctoral course)
  • Shu Fujii (BA)
    • Theme:  Survival rate in primary education in developing countries
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  • Kei Yamazawa (BA)
    • Theme:  Electricity deregulation and consumers’ switching
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AY 2017

  • Ippei Aoshima (Went to Doctoral course)
  • Ryo Kanatani (M.A)
    • Theme:  Ecosystem Dis-service in the City
    • Message: 私たちのゼミでは環境経済学を中心にライフスタイルに関わる多様な分野の研究ができます。私は都市生態系を中心に研究していますが自分の好きな研究ができ,楽しいです。またスポーツなどのイベントが多く心身ともに満足がいくゼミです。
  • Davide Orsetti (Returned to Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italy)
    • Theme:  Food Waste Problem in Japan and Italy
    • Message: I have been part of professor Sato’s laboratory for one year since September 2016 to August 2017, though I joined the lab basically the second part of the year. Before coming to Japan I expected to improve my academic skills both in Japanese and in Environmental Economics, but I would have never imagined to get so much from that experience, in particular from the seminar.
      Basically speaking joining professor Sato’s lab gives you the right to access a private room where you can study 24h/day every day and the only requested duty is to join once a week a seminar: the seminar is based on students presentations, which are in English or Japanese.
      Joining this laboratory can be useful and important for different reasons:
          1. Professor Sato is always open to give (or even receive) suggestions to his students, and when I say always I mean it: you can easily ask him for advices directly in his office, by email or even using the LINE chat. That was particularly surprising for me, because in my home University the approach between students and professors is totally different and it is harder to keep in touch with your supervisor.
          2. The seminar covers a wide range of topics related to Sustainable Development: my research topic is Food Waste, and though my colleagues and professor Sato are not specialized in that specific field, I received precious advices by all of them.
          3. The atmosphere is relaxed: colleagues are not just colleagues but also friends and they may help you in different ways.
      I strongly recommend every student interested in Sustainable Development to join professor Sato’s laboratory, it will definitely help you improving your skills and your academic research.
  • Yumiko Matsushita(BA)
    • Theme: Eco-consumption in developing countries
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  • Shin-nosuke Nose(BA)
    • Theme: Residential choice and life satisfaction of university students
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  • Kumi Oshima(BA)
    • Theme: Social cost of logistics by increasing online shopping
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AY 2016

  • Tingting Lyu (MA. from China)
    • Theme: Regional Sustainability and Internal Migration in China
    • Message: This seminar is alive with activity, offering a unique and fantastic experience including the opportunity to work with world-leading academics about environmental economics and sustainable development. Under the tuition of Professor Sato, and  the communication with seminar members, you will have a rapid growth in academic ability. You can meet some smart and interesting fellows who are concerned with complicated but interesting topics.
      I am curious about the correlation between internal migration and regional sustainability in China. Meanwhile, by using provincial data of Genuine Savings, I would like to have a further discussion about the disequilibrium in capital, such as natural capital and human capital in different economic performance provinces.
      If you are an international student, you have no need to worry about the communication with others, our guys will be open and warmhearted to help you. You will share some unforgettable moments with us, like visiting other universities to have a joint seminar, enjoying sushi and sake together. Welcome to our seminar! Join us, with your passion and curiosity.
  • Misaki Tatsuma (BA)
    • Theme: Regional Transportation and Environmental Burden
    • Message: 基本は環境経済学ですが,先生も学生も研究内容は多様なので,様々な視点からの意見をもらうことができ,多面的なものの捉え方を身につけることができると思います。他大学との交流もあるのでアウトプットをする機会が多いというのも,このゼミの魅力です。尊敬できる先生や先輩方のいるこのゼミで学べることをとてもうれしく思っています。
  • Ryo Nishimura (BA)
    • Theme: Eco-purchasing and waste reduction
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AY 2015

  • Ippei Aoshima (Went to Master course)
  • Souma Aota (BA)
    • Theme: Gender difference in Job satisfaction and Happiness
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  • Ryo Kanatani (Went to Master course)
  • Togo Hasegawa (BA)
    • Theme: Food change and virtual water in Japan
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  • Chiharu Moriyama (BA)
    • Theme: Child Growth and Life satisfaction
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  • Rion Shimonaka (BA)
    • Theme: Disaster-related Emotion Prediction
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AY 2014

  • Tomomi Hasegawa (BA)
    • Theme: Satisfaction of eating out
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  • Naoki Mishima (BA)
    • Theme: Time preference and involvement formation
    • Message:チームプレイで学問ができるゼミ。学生間はもちろん、学生と先生との距離が非常に近く、多くの人との関わり合いがあります。そのため、あなたの研究に新しい助言をしてくれる、また、切磋琢磨し合える仲間がいます。そんな、より良い人間関係が根底にあるからこそHave to ではなくWant toで学問が楽しめるゼミです。
  • Koki Tsubakihara (BA)
    • Theme: Economic valuation of forest in Mt. Rokko
    • Message:環境経済学や生態系から幸福度や心理的な調査まで多種多様な研究をすることができるゼミです。ゼミ内の交流はもちろんのこと学外での交流もすることができます。自分のやりたいことをできて充実した時間が過ごせました。
  • Kosuke Yokai (BA)
    • Theme: Decision making strategy and multi-attributive valuation
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  • Akiko Yoshioka (BA)
    • Theme: Environment, Leisure and Quality of Life
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