Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Doctoral Program in
Appropriate Technology and Science for Sustainable Development

Overview

Two of the biggest challenges facing mankind in the 21st Century are how to achieve sustainability in agriculture and forestry production, and to develop technological systems that are in harmony with environmental conditions. The Division of Appropriate Technology and Science for Sustainable Development believes that the “eco-region” is attainable when economic activities and the technologies employed in resource uses are well coordinated to ecological dynamics. Thus, we share in the belief that the eco-region is maintained only when moderate yields are produced under the limited environmental capacity, by applying technologies that do not undermine the self-replenishing capacity of the ecosystem in a production. We are therefore convinced of the necessity of developing new technologies and social systems in accordance with this concept of eco-region.

The global targets for the research and education of this Doctoral Program are to create and maintain the eco-region in our society. The creation and maintenance of eco-region may be attained by a proper unification and/or combination of modern innovative technologies to conventional technologies which exist in different forms in different societies and communities. We call this unified technology as an “Appropriate Technology.”

Fields of research

Ecoregion Development Engineering

  • Fundamental and application of colloid and interface sciences in soil and water
  • We focus on the development of “Environmental and Colloidal Engineering” for the sustainability of soil and water environments
  • Collid and Interface science in soil and water environmentFundamental and application of colloid and interface sciences in soil and water
  • Hydrology in mountain catchments and development of survey techniques for hydrological properties
  • Environmental monitoring and monitoring with satellite remote sensing
  • Participatory irrigation management
  • Development of an Asian tractor, Agricultural mechanization in the tropics, Engineering alleviation of soil compaction
  • Remote Sensing Systems for Crop Monitoring and Development of Agricultural Machinery 
  • Development of rural renewable energy simulator and energy unit vehicle for agricultural farming
  • Researches on optimization and development of post-harvest technology in agricultural processing facilities
  • Protected Area Management

Food and Biomass Sciences

  • Microtechnology for new food processing and functional food
  • Nanotechnology for novel bioactives delivery systems
  • Effective utilization of food processing residues for value addition
  • Molecular and cellular biology for food functions focusing on compounds that prevent the pathogenesis of the metabolic syndrome.
  • Molecular and cellular biology of protein tyrosine phosphatases involved in the pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis and in the regulation of ovarian functions.
  • Innovation of lignocellulose chemical pulping and non-chlorine bleaching
  • Characterization, reactivity and utilization of lignins
  • Production system of forest products, pulp and paper
  • Characterization of chemical components of biomaterials
  • Creation of paper-based electronics maintaining general paper functions
  • Development of paper sensors by using capillary liquid transport through fiber network
  • Development of saltwater immersion method for saving flood-damaged paper cultural heritage and salt-paper interaction
  • Property enhancement of wood by chemical modification
  • Material engineering for musical instruments
  • Safety of housing materials
  • Utilization of cellulosic nanofibers
  • Synthetic study on material science Synthesis and properties of hybrid polymers
  • Removal of food hazard by wet milling
  • Milling of components related to health function by spray dry
  • Development of novel food by applying rice slurry

Rural Development Economics

  • Analysis of Food industries and agricultural cooperatives with specific attention to issues of productivity, R&D, scale economies and economics of organization.
  • Economic Analysis of Agricultural and Food Policy in Asian countries Trade structure in Asia
  • Development of Decision Support System for Farm Management Agency
  • Business Arrangement and Network Systematization of Agribusiness Corporations
  • Agribusiness and Rural Development
  • Food consumption analysis that mainly focused on food safety issues
  • Study on the capitalistic development of farming area and mountainous area, technique book on agriculture and forestry written by farmers.
  • Study of the conventional industry and the state of Family-Owned Businesses
  • Study of the role of women in farm villages
  • Forest Economics and Policy Science toward sustainable forest management and wood utilization
  • Sustainable Forest Management

Faculty

Ecoregion Development Engineering

Environmental Colloid and Interface Engineering
ProfessorADACHI Yasuhisa
Farmland System Engineering
Associate ProfessorKOBAYASHI Motoyoshi
Assistant ProfessorYAMASHITA Yuji
Watershed Conservation
Assistant ProfessorYAMAKAWA Yosuke
Watershed Conservation
Associate ProfessorNASAHARA Kenlo
Water Resources Management Enginieering
ProfessorISHII Atsushi
Bioproduction and Machinery
ProfessorTAKIGAWA Tomohiro
Associate ProfessorTofael Ahamed
Assistant ProfessorGENKAWA Takuma
Bio-resource Process and System Engineering
Associate ProfessorNOGUCHI Ryozo
Protected Area and Wildlife Management
ProfessorITO Taiichi
Associate ProfessorSAKATA Keisuke
Rural Environment Improvement
ProfessorTARUYA Hiroyuki
Biosphere Informatic Control Engineering
ProfessorMOTOBAYASHI Kota

Food and Biomass Sciences

Food Resource Engineering
ProfessorNAKAJIMA Mitsutoshi
Associate ProfessorMarcos Antoio NEVES
Science for Food Functions
ProfessorMIYAZAKI Hitoshi
Chemistry of Biomaterials
ProfessorOHI Hiroshi
Associate ProfessorNAKAGAWA Akiko
Engineering of Biomaterials
ProfessorENOMAE Toshiharu
Associate ProfessorOBATAYA Eiichi
Associate ProfessorKAJIYAMA Mikio
Agri-Food Process Engineering
ProfessorKITAMURA Yutaka
Nano and Micro-scale Food Analysis
ProfessorTODORIKI Setsuko
Sustainability of Biomass Resources
ProfessorKOSUGI Akihiko
Regianal Forest Resource Development
ProfessorYAMADA Tatsuhiko

Rural Development Economics

Agricultural and Bioresource Economics
ProfessorSHIGENO Ryuichi
Associate ProfessorSHUTO Hisato
Resource Management and Development Studies
ProfessorMATSUSHITA Shusuke
Farm Business and Agribusiness Management
ProfessorNOHGUCHI Ruriko
Associate ProfessorUJIIE Kiyokazu
Rural Sociology and Agricultural History
ProfessorKATO Morihiro
Associate ProfessorYUZAWA Noriko
Forest Resource Economics
Associate ProfessorTACHIBANA Satoshi
Forest Resources Sociology
Associate ProfessorKOHROKI Katsuhisa
Rural Development Study
ProfessorFURUYA Jun
Associate ProfessorKOBAYASHI Shintaro
Regional Forest Resource Development
Associate ProfessorHIRANO Yuichiro