The rise of resource nationalism, as seen in the cases of oil and rare metals, has effects that now extend not only to the management of natural resources themselves, but to larger geopolitical affairs. In order to navigate the complexities of international resource management, we must aim for sustainable and responsible resource development with not only scientific technologies, but also an understanding of resource trends, systems, and cultures from a global viewpoint.
In the Resource Policy and Management Course, students acquire deep insights into law, politics, economics, and international cooperation as they relate to natural resources. These essential insights are further refined by incorporating contextual information, like culture, politics, and religion when considering resource locations. The course consists of a unique curriculum, not only in Japan but worldwide, designed to train the future professionals that will solve energy- and mineral-related resource problems from sociological and humanitarian angles. After establishing a solid foundational knowledgebase in resources and English, students build upon their understanding using perspectives developed in the social sciences and the humanities. This interdisciplinary approach, which also includes the study of specialty subjects relating to the “hard sciences” in Earth Science and Engineering courses, provides students with the elements necessary to work internationally as resource-oriented professionals.
By studying resources through interdisciplinary points of view, students will be able to better understand complex world affairs surrounding resource policy and management, and gain the skills necessary to handle problems with corporate and political responsibility.
Chair, Department of Resource Policy and Management
The Department of Resource Policy and Management offers a program to educate students to engage in sustainable and responsible resource development and strategies and to conduct advanced research.
The program consists of English education to improve communication skills as well as a comprehensive subjects related to the resource sector, including a foundation of natural sciences and engineering, and courses in the social sciences and humanities.
Contribute to sustainable society highly conscious of resources, environmental issues.
Develop the professionals of the future who are highly motivated to communicate with people with diverse values and work in different fields in global society.
Educate students to collect and provide precise information and knowledge about the global resources situation.
Educate students to think about sustainable and responsible resource development and its strategies.
Improve student skills and capacity to communicate with people of multi- cultures and values.
The impacts that resources have on political democratization, economic modernization, and international relations are studied through the analysis of the current situation in resource rich countries.
The impact of resources on the relationships between countries that provide development assistance and the countries that receive assistance as well as the ways in which local government and autonomous authorities function in developing countries are studied.
Legal regulation concerning resources such as international law, miming laws, and HSE, as well as joint venture agreement theory and negotiation are studied to understand how they relate to resource development.
The problems and impacts of resource development on local residents in various countries is studied.
The relationship between the development and environment of mineral resources and sustainable resource supply and global environment problems are studied by economic analysis and evaluation.
Intercultural understanding and global communication are studied because of their importance in negotiations and dealings with resources rich countries.
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We, Adachi Lab., are studying and analyzing several issues in terms of economics of mineral and energy resources to suggest the sustainability of resource in the sustainable society. Our research field is called Mineral Economics. The issues of every activity of mineral and energy from supply to consumption, recycling and disposal are evaluated by modeling with analyzing methods of economics, financial engineering and system engineering. You can find more detailed information from below original web site.
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Area Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Environment Analysis
Hiroshi NAWATA is Professor at Department of Resource Policy and Management, Faculty of International Resource Sciences, Akita University. He received his Ph.D. in Human and Environmental Studies (Cultural Anthropology) from Kyoto University (2003). He was Assistant Professor at the Division of Comprehensive Measures to Combat Desertification, Arid Land Research Center, Tottori University (2004－2007), and the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) (2008-2013). He was RIHN project leader for “A Study of Human Subsistence Ecosystems in Arab Societies: To Combat Livelihood Degradation for the Post-Oil Era” (2008－2013). His major fields of interest are camel pastoral systems, coastal resource uses, Muslim trading networks, and indigenous (traditional) knowledge about rural development in arid lands of the Middle East and Africa. His major publications include Desert History: Strategies of Humans, Animals, and Plants for Sharing Water (Tokai University Press, 2014), Date Palms (Rinsen Shoten, 2013), Mangroves (Rinsen Shoten, 2013), The Alien Species Mesquite (Rinsen Shoten, 2013), Human Resource and Engineering in the Post-Oil Era: A Look at Viable Future Societies in Japan and Oil-Rich Countries (Showado, 2013), Exploitation and Conservation of Middle East Tree Resources in the Oil Era (Shoukadoh Book Sellers, 2013), Dryland Mangroves: Frontier Research and Conservation (Shoukadoh Book Sellers, 2013), and Human Development in Africa: Practice and Cultural Anthropology (Akashi Shoten, 2008) etc.
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Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology, Area Studies
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Africa Area Studies, Linguistics, Intercultural Communication
Faculty Member Room 1, No.1 Education Building
TESOL, I-EAP, Discussion, Debate
Hello, my name is Alan Bessette. I grew up in Massachusetts in the northeastern part of the United States, and then I went to high school and university in California. A year after graduating from university, I moved to Japan to teach English. Although I didn’t really plan on staying for a long time, I’ve now been in Japan for more than 37 years. Almost all of that time has been in Kansai; I taught English at a small university in Osaka for 23 years after getting my M. Ed. in TESOL. This is my first year in Akita and I’m looking forward to teaching here. I’m interested in all aspects of language teaching and learning, but most of my research has been in the use of computers in learning language, especially how to help students use technology more effectively. I don’t have any shortcuts for becoming fluent in English; however, I can help you reach your goal.
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International Relations，Political Science, Area Studies
Hi, Students! My primary concern is the energy and water resources problem in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union as it relates to the International Relations (IR) and Political Science. And my recent theme is how to transform the energy resources to international public goods. If you are interested in the IR and Central Asia, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Second Language Acquisition, American Studies
Evan Cacali holds an MSc in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Oxford as well as an MA in American Studies from the University of Heidelberg. He has 11 years of experience teaching English in Japan. On the cultural side of things, his research interests currently include American transcendentalist writing, Bakhtin in cinema and complex tv, and transnational intertextuality in spaghetti westerns. On the applied linguistics side, his interests have mainly focused on language learning motivation, contextual teacher training, and self-concept theories.
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Second Language Acquisition, Applied linguistics
Eric K. Ku received his PhD in TESOL from National Taiwan Normal University. He has experience teaching English for Academic Purposes at universities in the United States and Taiwan. His research interests include issues in TESOL relating to language teacher/learner identity and language teacher development as well as issues in applied linguistics relating to linguistic landscapes and translingualism/multilingualism.
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International Corporation, Peace Building, Southeast Asian Studies
My research areas are peacebuilding and national integration mainly in Southeast Asia. Most of conflict areas are frontier areas. Not only internal politics but also development projects and relation with neighbor countries are important factors. The reason why I’m interested in this area is my journey to Rwanda in my student days. I recommend you that you should go on a journey while you are student. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!
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Energy and the environment
Oda Lab focuses on CO2 emissions, which are the cause of global warming, and is researching policies and measures for reducing CO2 emissions. Even if it is clear that the spread of a technology will reduce CO2 emissions, it will be costly to spread the technology and it will be difficult for society to accept the technology. We also need to overcome the barriers of whether businesses will invest in the technology. CO2 emission reduction is "easy to say, hard to do", and that is why we would like to find a better path.
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hydrology and water resources
My research field is hydrology and water resources. I am conducting research from the perspective of natural geography and earth science in order to solve various water problems in the region. In our laboratory, we have been working on hydrological phenomena such as groundwater, mainly through field studies and laboratory analysis of water quality. Based on the research content alone, you may feel that our lab is not suitable for students in this course. However, using only a little bit of physics and chemistry based on geography, the research content can be tackled by liberal arts students. The research area ranges from arid lands such as Mongolia to various parts of Japan. Students who are interested in water research and field observation, why don't you join us?