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Master Student
Date of Enrolment
September 23, 2016
Primary Advisor
ASAMI Yasushi
I’m an interdisciplinary social scientist doing science-policy research that bridge the gap between climate change adaptation-disaster risk management (CCA-DRM) and policy-making for the attainment of sustainable development.

Before studying the Master of Sustainability Science at the University of Tokyo, I worked for more than three years helping policy-makers in the Philippines and other developing countries establish sustainable governance systems that are resilient and adaptive to climate change and other environmental hazards. I particularly helped them by publishing actionable research studies related to the urban governance of CCA-DRM, with natural and social scientists, as: a Research Analyst at the Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative; a Researcher at the Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management; and a Research Assistant at the Manila Observatory.

I got started in my CCA-DRM research career when I became interested in environmental issues and challenges, as related to social and economic development, after being asked to read for class Fred Magdoff and John Bellamy Foster’s book, “What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism,” by one of my professors at the University of the Philippines in Manila, where I obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies.

Outside of studying and research, I love to go on food trips, play badminton, swim, discover underground music, and from time to time, sing loud to karaoke.
Research Title
Assessing the Factors Associated With the Variations in Ability to Make Progress in Climate-Sensitive Land-Use Planning of Municipalities in Metro Manila, Philippines: An Earth System Governance Case Study
Reserch Keywords
urban planning, adaptive capacity, earth system governance, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction
Research Interests
climate change adaptation, disaster risk management, sustainable urban development, risk-sensitive development planning, earth system governance, and science-policy nexus