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Yokohama National University, Faculty of Environment and Information Sciences, Division of Social Environment and Information    Professor: Hiroki Hondo

Designing future energy systems by creating narrative scenarios using collective intelligence

Research grant

Project Description

This research aims to build an energy system that is aligned with societal needs by developing a methodology for creating long-term energy scenarios using collective intelligence. Specifically, it will aim to fully leverage the diversity of the population and raise understanding of energy issues by comparing a 'narrative mode,' which reflects a recognition of the situation and thinking that is in line with the sentiment and vision of people, with a 'logical mode' that reflects logic-based recognition and thinking. It will then propose a methodology for creating energy scenarios based on this 'narrative mode.' Workshops will be held in which the outcome of creating scenarios using the developed methodology will be made clear. [No. R18-0042]

Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund FY2018 Research Grants List (PDF 193KB)

Relationship between People and Society
Grant year
FY2018 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years (April 2019 - March 2022)
Grant amount
Activity region
Local governments in Japan
Workshop on "Group Decision Making for Renewable Energy Introduction"

Overview of the Organization

Professor: Hiroki Hondo
Project organization
Yokohama National University
Faculty of Environment and Information Sciences, Division of Social Environment and Information
Professor: Hiroki Hondo
Specialist field: Sustainable society, Technology assessment
Affiliated academic societies: Japan Society of Energy and Resource, Japanese Society for Science and Technology Studies, The Institute of Life Cycle Assessment (Japan), The Japan Institute of Energy, The Japanese Society for Environmental Education
Background: After obtaining an M.A. from the Tokyo Institute of Technology's Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering in 1991, he joined the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, and in 2004 he became an assistant professor at Yokohama National University, where he has worked since 2012. He gained a PhD in Energy Science from Kyoto University in 2001.
Research record
Hiroki Hondo, Yue Moriizumi (2017) Employment creation potential of renewable power generation technologies: a life cycle approach. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 79:128-136

Kiyotada Hayashi, Hiroki Hondo, Yue Moriizumi (2016) Preference construction processes for renewable energies: Assessing the influence of sustainability information and decision support methods, Sustainability, 8(11): 1114 (14 pages)

Hiroki Hondo, Kenshi Baba (2010) Socio-psychological impacts of the introduction of energy technologies: change in environmental behavior of households with photovoltaic systems. Applied Energy 87(1): 229-235
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