Born in Kyoto, graduated from Tokyo University (College of Agriculture), obtained Master of Science Degree from the University of California, Berkeley and Ph. D from Tokyo University. Work experiences include Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), UN FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization), Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) before joining Sophia University. Overseas working experience in Italy and Thailand.

Introduction to Prof. Shibata’s Research Activities

Prof. Shibata wrote an article on “Public Participation and EIS (Environmental Impact Statements) in forest planning in US National Forests under NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) ” in 1987 (in Japanese), and subsequently published a number of articles on collaborative, sustainable natural resource management planning and policy issues. His recent research themes include: “Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) and Ecosystem Market”, ”Consensus-building Processes for Sustainable Land and Resource Management Planning”, “Collaborative Deliberation Processes with Local Collaborative Partnerships in Natural Resource Management”, “Outdoor Recreation and Community-based Ecotourism”, “International Model Forest Network as a Mechanism to Pursue Sustainable Landscape Management”, “Incorporating Ecosystem Services Approach into Environmental Policy Making”.

Education and Research Focus at GENV

Prof. Shibata’s lectures reflect his actual experiences on policy formulation and project implementation in governmental ministries and UN organization, so both academic and practical knowledge can be obtained from his lectures. His education and research focus on the above themes.

What can students learn from taking Prof. Shibata’s courses?

Students can obtain extensive knowledge on contemporary environmental policy and environmental resource management policy issues at local, national, regional and global scale, through both theories and field-level learnings. Emphasized areas include collaborative environmental policy formulation and decision-making processes, global forest and natural resource conservation issues, sustainable utilization and conservation of ecosystem service values.

Research Seminar Synopsis

Through active discussions at seminars of various styles, oftentimes at mixed nationality settings: introductions of articles/books, guest lectures, field visits, etc., it is aimed that students’ capabilities of international analytical skills will be enhanced. Seminars will be conducted in Japanese or English depending on students’ capabilities. Students are expected to find their own topic of interest to pursue, and actively participate. Examples of existing students’ research topics: Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES), Ecotourism, Collaborative Ecosystem Management Planning, Environmental Education. Field activities are planned to utilize recently established Sophia Educational Forest in Karuizawa/Nagano Prefecture.