Erin Kennedy is an Education and Research Assistant at the Graduate school of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. Erin is the Earth System Governance Tokyo 2013 Conference Manager; this event is part of the global conference series organized by the Earth System Governance Project. Erin is also the Programme Assistant for the Sustainable Urban Futures programme at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, Japan. Erin has received two master’s degrees. The first was a MA in development studies from Lund University in Sweden and the second was a MA in Chinese Society, Public Policy and Law from Fudan University in China. Erin is involved with the Low Carbon Campus project at Fudan University, China, where she is a visiting scholar within the Urban Co-Benefits Programme. While in China, Erin worked for two NGOs: a grassroots initiative that provides orphaned adolescents with the opportunity for continued education in an area of trade, here Erin was the Director of Communications; and an international level NGO that builds housing for families and individuals following natural disasters, here Erin was in charge of Resource Development.