Lab. Sustainable Development & Human Ecology

Latest update on 1st July 2016.

The laboratory of Sustainable Development & Human Ecology, Department of International Health, Kobe University Graduate School of Health Sciences is managed by Prof. Minato Nakazawa since 1st April 2012.

Prof. Minato Nakazawa also works at GSICS as a professor of cooperative laboratory, so that some students are supervised and attending the regular seminar.

Theme of Research / Education

The sustainable development is one of the major targets of the United Nations' post-MDGs. From the viewpoint of international health, sustainability is essentially important. Overseas aids are, even if the amount of investment is huge, totally ineffective if the recipients cannot maintain the system, or do not have needed indeed. For instance, if hunter-gatherer once changes their subsistence to sedentary farming and/or herding as the result of overseas aid to increase stability of food production, they may tend to suffer from various infectious diseases, so that the clinic must be built and vaccinations are needed. Since the natural environment which the hunter-gatherer depended on cannot revive, they must continue farming/herding after the end of overseas aid. Vaccination and treatment in the clinic must be maintained by the local people, though it is very difficult. The aid must consider such a situation, including the local ecosystem. In other words, we must study the human ecology of the local population (recipients) (and sometimes donors, too). We aim to study and give education for these topics.

To check actual fieldwork done by Prof. Nakazawa, see his personal web site. Graduate students' studies will be introduced here in the future.


(Note: GSICS=Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, GSHS=Graduate School of Health Sciences)

Professor: Minato Nakazawa, Ph.D. (Health Science)
Graduate Students
Risa Murakami (GSHS, Doctoral): Kobe city
Bharat Negi (GSHS, Doctoral[as sub]): Nepal
Emi Kobayashi (GSHS, D1): Zambia?
Hanna Horiguchi (GSHS, D1): Laos?
Ryoko Yamaguchi (GSICS, M2): Indonesia
Yao Yao (GSICS, M2): China
Chieko Niboshi (GSHS, M2): Cambodia
Moe Takano (GSICS, M1): Korea
Wanjing Li (GSICS, M1): China
Undergraduate students
Yuuta Mitono (MT)
Minami Kamata (MT)
Research Students
Junko Miyamoto
Kazuko Miyamoto, Ph.D. (GSHS, Professor, Yamanashi University)
Syahirul Alim, Ph.D. (GSHS, Faculty in Universitas Gadja Madah)
Ichiro Mihara (GSICS)
Junko Koga (GSHS)
Kaori Sugishima (GSHS)
Sakie Shizuki (GSICS[as sub])
Ayaka Shimizu (GSICS, JOCV in Bolivia)
Yui Hosokawa (GSICS[as sub])
Shoko Nakamura (GSHS)
Harumi Oshitani (GSHS)
Hisako Kasahara (GSICS)
Miho Ikai (GSICS)
Ryodai Yamamura (Undergrad, MT)
Kaoru Mitsumori (Undergrad, MT)
Yoshinori Matsumoto (Undergrad, Ns)
Keiko Aihara (Undergrad, Ns)
Mami Sakakibara (Undergrad, Ns, the study has been published as JSOS Newsletter paper in Japaneses)
Yuka Morita (Undergrad, MT)
Yuuya Karato (Undergrad, MT, the study has been presented in the annual meeting of JSHHE)
Tomoko Kanata (GSICS): West Africa
Chihiro Tsuchiya (GSHS): Thailand and Solomon Islands
Shigeo Fukuda (GSHS): Singapore
Takako Sasatani (Research Associate)
Reiko Yotsumoto (Research Students)


Basically we have laboratory meetings on every monday at 18:30-20:00. Currently the room is E501 (or E702 when available).

Past meetings

Fiscal year 2017

20 April
Progress report (plan of pilot study) by Yao Yao (M2, GSICS)
11 May
Ryoko Yamaguchi (M2, GSICS)
18 May<
Chieko Niboshi (M2, GSHS)
25 May
Hanna Horiguchi (D1, GSHS)
1 June
Emi Kobayashi (D1, GSHS)
8 June
Wanjing Li (M1, GSICS)
15 June
Moe Takano (M1, GSICS)

Useful links for students