The Research Centre Shonan Fujisawa at Keio University was launched in August 2015. It is the successor of the Earth System Governance Research Centre Tokyo established 2009 at the Tokyo Institute of Technology.

As a part of the global alliance of Earth System Governance Research Centres, through the global network and by cooperating with research centres in other countries, the Shonan Fujisawa centre will in particular emphasize transdisciplinary research and contribute to a broad debate about national implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Since it was set up as the Earth System Governance Tokyo Research Centre in the Tokyo Institute of Technology, the Research Centre has made significant contribution trough research results. As one of its key activities, the workshop “Earth System Governance Hakone Vision Factory: Bridging Science Policy Boundaries” was held  on 27-29 September 2011, in Hakone, Japan, to address the key issues required for a fundamental transformation of global sustainability governance in the 21st century. The goal of the workshop was to come up with a proposal that identifies five key policy options that need to be addressed at Rio+20 Conference and its follow-up processes in order to come to an improved Architecture for International Environmental Governance (IEG), and Sustainable Development.

The main outcome was summarized in the statement “Towards a Charter Moment. Hakone Vision on Governance for Sustainability in the 21st Century” which served as input to preparations for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”).

The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference was also held on 28-31 January 2013 at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. This event was the fourth in a global series organized by the Earth System Governance Project, and also the first conference held in Asia. The Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference was jointly hosted by the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), the International Environmental Governance Architecture Research Group and the Tokyo Institute of Technology on behalf of the Earth System Governance Project. The five themes of the conference were as following:

  • Earth System Governance Architectures in the 21st Century
  • Climate and Energy Governance Architectures
  • The Nexus between Architecture and the other “A’s” in Earth System Governance
  • Political Dynamics in the Interface of Agency and Architecture
  • Methodological Challenges to Complex Architectures and Multiple Agents
  • Special Conference Stream on Nuclear Safety and Post-disaster Governance
  • The Research Centre has been involved in following projects and conducted related research activities, with a significant focus on initiative in transdisciplinary research.


Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (ERTDF) S-11 POST 2015 – Project On Sustainability Transformation beyond 2015

The aim of this project is to contribute to international discussions toward the establishment ofsustainable development goals (SDGs) in the short term, and to propose policies and frameworks for a long-term transformation in human behaviour toward sustainable society. Specifically, five objectives of the project are described as following:

  • Contribute to establishing the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Promote trans-disciplinary research into ways to harmonize environment and development by leveraging sustainable development goals.
  • Create a new trans-disciplinary epistemic community by promoting research-based collaboration. This is to address the lack of communication between research communities dealing with environmental issues and development issues.
  • Aim to become an international research centre through relevant international collaboration and networks.
  • Through these activities, contribute to a broad societal debate about sustainability transformation.


JST Basic Research Program – Trans-disciplinary Research towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation

In cooperation with Future Earth, a ten year global research programme for sustainability, this project conducts research with a strong focus on institutional architecture. The main purpose of this project is to make an intellectual contribution to the transdisciplinary research and its practical application for the SDGs setting and implementation at the UN level, and at different levels of governance from regional, national, local or corporate/organizational levels.