Nuno Boavida

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Christian Büscher

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Christina Götz

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Hideyuki Hirakawa

Osaka University Center for the Study of Communication-Design (CSCD)

Research Subjects

1. Political Theory of Knowledge

Political theory of knowledge means to study the political nature of science and technology in the public sphere. Theoretically, a critical question in this field is how the science and technology themselves are political, rather than how they are related to the politics in the ordinary sense. And, the notion of "knowledge" should encompass not only the products and practice of science and technology but also those of so-called "local knowledge".

Ken Ito

Project Research Associate Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University

Ken Ito has a bachelor degree in economics and MBA in International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in the United States. After ten years of experience in the private sector, including his last position at GE Capital, he joined the Japanese non-profit Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL) to launch a new division of the organization, Center for Social Innovation, to promote social innovation through its leadership training programs.

Shingo Kano

Professor / Division of Biosciences, Univ. Tokyo

Project Professor / Division of Biosciences,

Department of Medical Genome Sciences / / Course of Intellectual Property in Bioscience/ / Innovation Research in Advanced Medicine

António Moniz

Universidade Nova de Lisboa & Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

@ ITAS Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Akira Morita

Programme Officer RISTEX

Akira Morita graduated from Faculty of Law, University of Tokyo in1976. He worked as a Professor, Faculty of Law and Economics, Chiba University, after which as Professor at The University of Tokyo for Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, Faculty of Law and Graduate School of Public Policy, of which he was Dean from 2004 to 2008. He was the 1st Director of Policy Alternatives Research Institute, University of Tokyo, from 2008 to 2010, and Senior Fellow from 2010. He also serves as Chairman of Central Social Insurance Medical Council from 2011.

Hiroshi Nagano

Professor, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS)

Kumi Okuwada

Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

Constanze Scherz

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Taketoshi Taniguchi

Professor/UTokyo Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI)

Dr. Taketoshi Taniguchi is a Professor at UTokyo Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo. Prior to joining UOT in 2012, he was the Director of the Socio-Economic Research Center at the Central Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry from 2005-2010. He received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1984. He also served since 2005 as a representative of HSE Risk C-cube, an NPO for risk communication and collaboration with the community. Dr.

Masaru Yarime

Professor / Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo

Professor of Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG), Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), University of Tokyo

Honorary Reader, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP), University College London (UCL)

Go Yoshizawa

Professor / Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University

Current Research Topics

  • Knowledge management and policy; science and technology policy
  • Strategic intelligence; socio-technology
  • Knowledge communication


Statistical thermodynamics, history of science, and science and technology studies