The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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The University of Kitakyushu, Graduate School of Environmental Engineering, The Faculty of Environmental Engineering Professor Toru Matsumoto

Trial to measure effectiveness of PBL (Problem Based Learning) method to increase environmental awareness education in Indonesia

Research grant

Project Description

The environmental awareness of Indonesia's citizens is essential for the environmental problems of the city, especially regarding improvement of household problems of waste and water, and the improvement of urban environmental infrastructure. This research proposes and verifies an environmental learning program aimed at Indonesia's city residents on the premise of the introduction of a method called PBL (Problem Based Learning). A trial is being carried out to measure the effectiveness of the program, which is aimed to help parents, children, and teachers grasp the reasons for the driving forces behind environmental problems.

Grant year
FY14/3 Research Grants
Grant term
2 years
April 2015 - March 2017
Grant amount
5,999,000 yen
Activity region
Bandung City; Padang City; Malang City; Metro City, Republic of Indonesia
Elementary school teachers experience the environmental education program WS (December 2012, Balikpapan City)

Overview of the Organization

Professor Toru Matsumoto
Professor Toru Matsumoto
  • Specialist field
    Environmental systems engineering, urban environmental policy
  • Affiliated academic societies
    Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Environmental Science, Japan, The Japan Society for International Development, Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management, Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Japan Association for Human and Environmental Symbiosis, The Institute of Life Cycle Assessment, Japan, The Japan Society of Energy and Resources, Japan Society for Impact Assessment, International Society for Industrial Ecology
  • Background
    Employed as Researcher at the Environmental and Energy Research Division of Nomura Research Institute from 1992-1995. In September of 1995, transferred to become a Research Center Assistant at the Research Institute of Environment of Sustainability, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University. In 2000, became an associate professor. Moved to Kitakyushu University in 2001, and became Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Environmental Engineering, and in 2008 became a Professor at the same department. Meanwhile, was a visiting professor at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), as well as holding a Professor Emeritus at China's Nankai University.
    Completed a PhD in 1999 in the subject of Science Engineering.
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Collaborating organizations
State University of Malang, Langlangbuana University, Indonesia University of Education, Pasundan University, Andalas University, Bandung Institute of Technology
Research record
  • Measuring effects of research on environmental education
    I. Rachman and T. Matsumoto: Interaction analysis between environmental knowledge and lifestyle by using field survey at Karang Joang Village in Balikpapan, Indonesia, ECSEE 2014 Conference, 2014
  • Structural analysis research on environmental awareness
    FUKUSHIMA Midori, MATSU Toro "Research on the factors which form regional environmental ability using covariance structural analysis." Environmental Systems Research, Vol.35, pp.327-332, 2007
  • Others include material flow analysis, and life cycle assessment research