Name OTSUKA Yoshiki
Official Title Professor
Affiliation Sociology of environment, STS (Science, technology and society)
Profile He obtained PhD in sociology at Tsukuba University after his carrier as a researcher on biochemistry of a chemical company in Japan. His research concern has been in the area of sociological and historical studies on the development of biotechnology in the areas of food and agriculture. In particular, he published two books (in Japanese) about the social contexts of the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and its consequences that involves a controversy over safety on human health and natural environment, and an international environmental politics on biosafety under the Convention of Biological Diversity. He also participated in a social experiment on participatory technology assessment in which ordinary citizens discuss cutting edge technologies. Recently, he studies science communication between experts and consumers about genome editing technologies adapted for breeding in agriculture.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. (1) Sociology of biotechnology

    Social and technological construction of agricultural biotechnologies in molecular level, that may affect the global agro-food system and hence environmental changes in GHG emissions and land use.

  2. (2) Sociology of environmental communication

    Analyses of social and educational communications on environmental issues, in particular agriculture, food, animals and biodiversity, between scientists, regulatory experts, citizens and students.

Representative Papers
  1. Otsuka, Y. (2021). Consumer Movements Confronted by Naturalness in Gene Editing in Japan. East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal, 15(01), 24-45. doi:10.1080/18752160.2021.1877442
  2. Wu, J., & Otsuka, Y. (2021). Exploring the climate literacy of high school students for better climate change education. International Journal of Global Warming, 23(2), 151-168. doi:10.1504/ijgw.2021.112894
  3. Wu, J., & Otsuka, Y. (2020). Pro-climate behaviour and the influence of learning sources on it in Chinese adolescents. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 1-15. doi:10.1080/10382046.2020.1761063
  4. Otsuka, Yoshiki. (2013). Constructing Otherness: The Politics of Bioscience in Japan. Journal of Group Dynamics 30 (1): 322–340. doi:10.11245/jgd.30.322
  5. Otsuka, Yoshiki. (2007).The Biofuel Regime: A Constellation of Food, Biotechnology, Climate, Energy and Automobility. Tailoring Biotechnologies 3 (3), 67-90.
  6. Yoshiki Otsuka (2004). Industrial Food for Thought: Globalisation of Agro-Food-System and Environmental Concern in Széll, G., & Tominaga, K. i. (eds.). The Environmental Challenges for Japan and Germany: Peter Lang.
  7. Otsuka, Y. (2003). 9. Socioeconomic considerations relevant to the sustainable development, use and control of genetically modified foods. Trends in Food Science & Technology, 14(5-8), 294-318. doi:10.1016/s0924-2244(03)00077-3
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) No
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) Japanese association of environmental sociology (member)
Japanese society for science and technology studies (member)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Social survey, Sociology of environment, STS (Science, technology and society)
Education Field (Graduate level) Social studies of science and technology