Keiko Hori has worked as a Research Assistant at UNU-IAS, mainly on the project “Predicting and Assessing Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services (PANCES)”, since April 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Engineering with a specialty in Sustainable Energy and Environment in March 2018 from Osaka University, Japan. She also finished The Cross-Boundary Innovation (CBI) Program at Osaka University, designated as a Leading Graduate School by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Prior to joining UNU-IAS, she was engaged in doctoral research under a JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists.
Her current research interests related to PANCES project are mainly future supply and demand management of ecosystem services. She works on construction of predictive models for various scenarios. In addition to that, she is interested in utilization of renewable energy and development of local communities. In order to see the results of academic research contribute to decision making in society, she is also concerned with the effective communication utilizing visualization methods, dialogue in workshops, and artistic technique.