Name BABA Kenshi
Official Title Professor
Affiliation Environmental Studies
Profile Kenshi Baba, Ph.D. in Policy Science is a Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, and Graduate School of Environmental and Information Studies, Tokyo City University. He also serves as a visiting professor at Hosei University and RIHN (Research Institute of Humanity and Nature), and a visiting researcher at NIED (Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience). His classes in charge in TCU are as follows; Environmental Governance (2nd year), consensus building (3rd year) and seminars (3rd year and 4th year) + SD-PBL 1/2 (as class teacher), and environmental communication and governance (graduate school).
His research interests include consensus building and policy process within local energy and environmental issues. He was involved in some national research projects on climate change adaptation policy; the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund S-8 (2010-2014) of the Ministry of Environment, SI-CAT (Social Implementation of Climate Change Adaptation Technology) (2015-2019) of the MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology), and human environmental security in water-food-energy NEXUS/Scenario project of the RIHN. Now he is involved in the STI (Science and Technology Innovation) Policy project of the Japan Science and Technology Agency and the Acceleration of Carbon Neutral Local Society by Concentration of the Universities’ Resource of the MEXT.
He is a member of the Japan Society of Civil Engineering (JSCE), Society Environmental Sciences of Japan (SESJ), Science and Technology Society of Japan, Public Policy Society of Japan, and American Geoscience Union etc. He serves as a secretary-general of the environmental system committee in JCSE, executive secretary of other committees and referee of several journals at present. He has published numerous articles especially in the journals of the JSCE and the SESJ, and books in Japanese. He also has published some articles and books in English from MDPI and Springer.
He contributes as committee member to some advisory commissions of the government and some local governments regarding environmental policy. He also used to contribute to the IEA Wind Task 28 committee and served as a contributing author of IPCC AR5 WGII.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. (1) Development and practice of participatory approaches and integrated scenario building method

    He plans to design a series of meetings for experts, policymakers, stakeholders and citizens to examine carbon neutral future vision in Kyoto and plans to reflect the outcome in the policy. (MEXT-RIHN project)
    He plans to design a series of meetings for experts, policymakers, stakeholders and citizens to examine future vision of climate change adapted community in Kanagawa and Shiga and plans to reflect the outcome in the policy. (JST-RISTEX project)

  2. (2) Environmental policy innovation and process analysis

    He will analyze the drivers and barriers in the evidence-based policy making process of cli-mate change adaptation measures in overseas and internal local governments and will support the formulation of policy with scientific evidence including uncertainty. (JST-RISTEX project, Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research, B)

  3. (3) Citizens’ environment-conscious attitude and behavior analysis

    With the data of questionnaire collected from the general public, he will analyze their atti-tudes toward climate change risk, mitigation measures and adaptation measures, and obtain knowledge on behavior change based on nudge theory. (JST-RISTEX project, Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research, B)
    He plans to develop a behavior change mechanism by setting up a system of participatory monitoring (citizen science approach) of climate change impact and design a deliberation for experts and citizens to examine scientific evidence in Kanagawa and Shiga. (JST-RISTEX project)

Representative Papers
  1. (1) Attitude Changes of Stakeholders towards Climate Change Adaptation Policies in Agricultural Sector by Online Deliberation. Kenshi Baba, Eri Amanuma, Motoko Kosugi. Climate. 9(5) 75 - 75. May. 2021.
  2. (2) Organizing the Challenges Faced by Municipalities while Formulating Climate Change Adaptation Plans. Asako Iwami, Takanori Matsui, Michinori Kimura, Kenshi Baba, Mitsuru Tanaka. Sustainability. 12(3) 1203 - 1203. Feb. 2020.
  3. (3) Resilient Policies in Asian Cities; Adaptation to Climate Change and Natural Disasters. TANAKA Mitsuru, BABA Kenshi eds. Springer. Aug. 2019.
  4. (4) Attitudes of Farmers and Rural Area Residents Toward Climate Change Adaptation Measures: Their Preferences and Determinants of Their Attitudes. BABA Kenshi, TANAKA Mitsuru. Climate. 7(5) 71 - 81. May. 2019.
  5. (5) "Scenario-based Approach to Local Water-energy-food Nexus Issues with Experts and Stakeholders. Baba, K., Masuhara, N. and Kimura, M. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus Human-Environmental Security in the Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire. Endo, Aiko, and Oh, Tomohiro Eds. 273-286/321-333) Springer 2018年4月Endo, A. and Oh, T.: The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Human-Environmental Security in the Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire, 321~333, 2018.4, Springer
  6. (6) Climate Change Adaptation Strategies of Local Governments in Japan: A Survey. Kenshi Baba, Masahiro Matsuura, Taiko Kudo, Shigeru Watanabe, Shun Kawakubo, Akiko Chujo, Hiroharu Tanaka, Mitsuru Tanaka. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. 1 - 27. Sep. 2017.
  7. (7) Clarifying relationships between participatory approaches, issues, processes, and results, through crosscutting case analysis in Japan’s environmental, energy, and food policy areas. Naoki Masuhara, Kenshi Baba, Akihiro Tokai. Environment Systems and Decisions. 36(4) 421 - 437. Dec. 2016.
  8. (8) Consensus Building for Long-term Sustainability in the Non-North American Context: Reflecting on a Stakeholder Process in Japan. Masahiro Matsuura, Kenshi Baba. NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT RESEARCH. 9(3) 256 - 268. Aug. 2016.
  9. (9) Potential of existing policies of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government for implementing adaptation to climate change. Yasuaki Hijioka, Saneyuki Takano, Kazutaka Oka, Minoru Yoshikawa, Arata Ichihashi, Kenshi Baba, Sawako Ishiwatari. REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE. 16(4) 967 - 978. Apr. 2016.
  10. (10) Challenges of implementing climate change adaptation policy for disaster risk reduction - implications from framing gap among stakeholders and the general public -. Kenshi Baba, Mitsuru Tanaka. Journal of Disaster Research. 10(3) 404 - 419. Jun. 2015.
Award Academic Award of Society of Environmental Sciences Japan, 2019
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Research Grants/Projects including subsidies, donations, grants, etc.
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) Japan Society of Civil Engineering (member), Society Environmental Sciences of Japan (member), Science and Technology Society of Japan (menber), Public Policy Society of Japan (menber), and American Geoschience Union (menber)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Environmental policy, Consensus building
Education Field (Graduate level) Environmental communication and governenace