The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Susumu Kitagawa, Lecturer, Integrated Graduate School of Medicine and Engineering, University of Yamanashi

Development of a new field of research (environmental policy history) oriented towards the creation of a sustainable society

Research grant

Project Description

In this study the applicant gives theoretical and empirical considerations to a new research field they advocate, named "environmental policy history." The applicant considers the possibilities and theories of various methodologies of environmental policy history, and analyzes specific environmental policies such as global warming prevention and those to reduce the volume of packaging waste from the perspective of environmental policy history. The uniqueness, significance, usefulness, and issues of environmental policy history with respect to other fields in environmental research are clarified. The usefulness of the achievements of environmental policy history in the support of the planning of policies to achieve a sustainable society are also considered.

Climate change
Grant year
FY2010 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2011 - March 2014
Grant amount
3,541,110 yen
Activity region
Germany, Japan
Report at the 17th ISA World Congress of Sociology

Overview of the Organization

Susumu Kitagawa, Lecturer
Susumu Kitagawa, Lecturer
Specialist fields
Environment policy theory, environmental policy history
Affiliated academic societies
Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Japanese Association for Environmental Sociology, Association of East Asian Environmental History
Late-term withdrawal from doctoral program specializing in the analysis of economic dynamics at the Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University. Currently a researcher at Ulm University (Germany), and a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Research record
  • (1) Susumu KITAGAWA (2011) "Vision and Signifi cance in Environmental Policy History" paper presented at the First Conference of East Asian Environmental History (EAEH2011), Taipei.
  • (2) Susumu KITAGAWA (2010) "German Packaging Ordinance policymaking process: the first half of 1990 Kyousei Shakai Shisutemu Kenkyuu (Symbiotic social system studies) Vol.4, No.1, pp.65-82.
  • (3) Susumu KITAGAWA (2010) "Doitsu Youki Housou Seirei ni Okeru Kakudai Seisan-sha Sekinin Souan Sakusei Dankai de no Seisaku Shudan no Sentaku Katei" (Extended producer responsibility in government ordinances in Germany relating to packaging, the selection process of policy instruments at the drafting stages), Kazuhiro UEDA, Hajime YAMAKAWA ed., Kakudai Seisan-sha Sekinin no Kankyou Keizai-gaku — Junkangatashakai Keisei ni Mukete (Environmental economics of extended producer responsibility - towards a recycling-oriented society), Showado.
  • (4) Susumu KITAGAWA(2006) "Kankyou Seisaku-shi Kenkyuu no Doukou to Tenbou," (Trends and prospects for environmental policy history research), Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies ed.; Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies Annual Report No. 11, "Kankyou Keizai Seisaku Kenkyuu no Doukou to Tenbou" (Trends and prospects for environmental economics and policy research), Toyo Keizai Inc.