Ms. Evonne Yiu is the lead researcher of the Sustainable Primary Industries (SPI) project of the UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa / Kanazawa (OUIK), on research for policymaking on sustainable development of agriculture, forestry and fisheries and rural revitalization. She is also one of the main researchers of the Satoyama and Satoumi (SAS) project, on management of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) and biodiversity conservation.
Based at UNU-IAS in Tokyo, her research focus also includes Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), and she has assisted with the designation of several GIAHS sites in Japan and Korea. Ms. Yiu is a key research member of the project teams for Developing a Comprehensive Assessment Method for Ingenious “Agri-Cultural” Systems in Japan (ACS) and Agrodiversity and Sustainability, and she is also the UNU focal point for other joint projects on forest rehabilitation, coastal forest management and REDD+.
Ms. Yiu is a Singaporean citizen, fluent in English, Mandarin and Japanese. She obtained her Masters Degree in Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo, as a Japanese government scholarship (MEXT) recipient. With a strong interest in environmental issues, particularly in ocean and biodiversity conservation, she has also completed the Ocean Alliance Programme at The University of Tokyo, and wrote her research paper on Satoumi: The Japanese Way of Coastal Management and its Role in Biodiversity Conservation. Ms. Yiu obtained her Bachelors Degree in Arts with first class honors at the National University of Singapore, double majoring in Japanese Studies and Psychology.
Prior to coming to Tokyo, Ms. Yiu worked with the Ministry of Transport Singapore as Assistant Director of International Relations, where she represented Singapore on international transport initiatives at many international forums such as APEC, ASEAN and ICAO etc. She also served on the Miyazaki City Board of Education and Miyazaki Prefecture Government as Coordinator of International Relations under the Japan and Exchange Teaching (JET) programme.