Doctor of Environmental Science, Risk Management and Environmental Sciences, Yokohama National University, Japan
Master of Sciences, Environmentally Sustainable Development, University College London, UK
Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Studies, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, USA
Harumi Akiba is a Research Associate in the Sustainable Urban Futures (SUF) and the Science and Technology for Sustainable Societies (STSS) programmes at UNU-IAS. Her research interests include understanding human values and social factors affecting public behaviours in management of urban wildlife, conservation of biodiversity and animal welfare. She has a BA degree in Environmental Studies from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, USA, and an MSc degree with specialization in Environmentally Sustainable Development from University College London, UK, and a Doctor of Environmental Science degree from Yokohama National University, Japan. Before joining UNU-IAS, she worked as a research promotion officer at Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, a Japanese governmental research institute, for eight years where she supported a secretariat office for the Japanese science community contributing to the fourth assessment report (AR4) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – Working Group 1 (IPCC-WG1). In addition to her position at UNU-IAS, she is also a part-time postdoctoral researcher at Yokohama National University where she continues her research on the human dimensions of wildlife.