Graduate School of Asia-Pacific StudiesWaseda University



  • Position:Professor
  • Degree
  • Background
    Researcher, Kyoto University (1988)
    Lecturer, Hiroshima University(1988)
    Visiting Researcher, Malaya University (1996)
    Visiting Researcher, American University(2000)
    Professor, Hiroshima University(2002)
    Professor, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University (2007-present)

Field of Specialization

Environmental Studies, Development Studies, Evaluation Studies, and Risk Governance

Research Theme

Study on Sustainable Development
Policy/ Program/ Project Evaluation
International Development Cooperation

Major Works / Publications Awards

Major Works

  • Matsuoka, S. et al. eds. (2013), Regional Integration in East Asia: Theoretical and Historical Perspective, United Nations University Press
  • Matsuoka, S. (2011), “Climate Policy and International Development Cooperation”, in Sumi, A., N. Mimura, and T. Masui eds., Climate Change and Global Sustainability: A Holistic Approach, UNU Press
  • Matsuoka, S. ed. (2007), Effective Environmental Management in Developing Countries: Assessing Social Capacity Development, Palgrave-Macmillan
  • Matsuoka, S. and A. Kuchiki eds. (2003), IDE Spot Survey: Social Capacity Development for Environmental Management in Asia: Japan’s Environmental Cooperation after Johannesburg Summit 2002, Institute of Development Economies

Academic Societies / Service to Society

Academic Societies

  • Society of Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Japan Society of International Development
  • Japan Society of Evaluation Studies

Service to Society

  • Chief Advisor for Combating Desertification, GEF
  • Committee Member of Indicator for Environmental Basic Plan, Ministry of Environment, Japan
  • President, Organization for Promotion of Asian University Institute (AUI)

Research Project

MA: Global Sustainability and International Development Cooperation Studies
PhD: Environment and Sustainable Development

Research theme, outline of project research seminar, message to prospects

The focus in my seminar is on global environmental issues and poverty reduction. Furthermore, my mission is to improve the applicability and effectiveness of sustainable development. As for my students, my aim for them is not only to have a high professional knowledge of the above matters, but also to succeed in their ambitions, always to put effort into what they do, to have cool and sound judgment, and never to abandon their goals. Moreover, I hope that my students will develop kind and flexible hearts with the ability to perceive other’s happiness and sadness.

If students want to do a certain job, they need to make the maximum effort in order to reach that goal. At the same time, they have to think about what is right in each situation. While working to that end, students need to exercise their cool judgment and try to please others. Sometimes, a sense of humor is also needed to overcome difficult situations.

All in all, this means that in order to cultivate professional knowledge, we need to cultivate the various aspects of our human abilities. My hope is that my students do not focus on their failures, but boldly face and succeed in overcoming new challenges. Endurance is also a major part of overcoming new challenges. Students that have the courage and endurance necessary are most welcome to join my seminar.

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