Tatsuya Yamamoto Profile


Tatsuya YAMAMOTO is a Professor of department of Global Citizenship Studies at Seisen University (Tokyo, Japan). He is also a member of the strategic forum for human futures at the Engineering Academy of Japan and a member of the board of directors of Mottainai Society (it is regarded as a Japanese branch of ASPO: Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas).

He was born in 1975. He holds a Ph.D. in media and governance from the Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance. He assumed his current position after serving as a director and visiting research fellow at the Japan Center for Academic Cooperation of the University of Aleppo in Syria, a senior researcher at the KEIO Research Institute at SFC, among other positions.

He received a Sylff scholarship in 2001 during his studies at the Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus. While conducting research abroad at the University of Aleppo in Syria, participated in the Sylff Africa/Europe Regional Forum held in September 2003 at the American University in Cairo. In 2007, attended Building a Better Asia (BABA): Future Leaders’ Dialogue, a retreat for young Asian leaders organized by the Nippon Foundation and held at Peking University, as a Sylff fellow.

He specializes in the politics and policies of technology and social change. He has published books and articles on how information and communication technologies and energy-related technologies drive social change (political transformation) in the 21st century.

Structural changes in the international energy environment pose a new challenge: resource constraints (energy constraints) and public policy. Partly because of this awareness of these issues, his main area of interest in recent years has been the politics and public policy of democracies facing the “limits to growth.”

In terms of practical aspects of his research, he is interested in politics and policies for “sustainable cities” in the 21st century. His research and practice focus on how small and medium-sized cities redesign the balance of distance from natural environments while adopting the latest technologies.

He moved his base to Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, in 2012, and has been engaged in a variety of activities focusing on the “future of Matsumoto City.” In 2020, he chaired the Council for developing the 2021-2030 basic plan (10-year plan) of Matsumoto City.

He is an author of Redesigning Our Lifestyle and Unpredictable World: The Limits to Growth and our Future (Kaden-sha, 2017), Revolution and Turmoil in Egypt: The Politics of Social Media and Peak Oil (Keio University Press, 2014), Information Control in the Arab Countries: The Politics of Internet Control (Keio University Press, 2008), and a coauthor of The High Walls of the Internet: A New Clash of Cultures and Border Disputes (coauthor, NTT Publishing, 2009), How to Look at Politics (coauthor, Yachiyo Shuppan, 2010), along with other publications.

He received his BA in policy management, MA in media and governance, and Ph.D. in media and governance from Keio University (Japan).


Please feel free to contact him via E-mail.
He can be contacted on yamamoto [at] seisen-u [dot] ac [dot] jp.


Department of Global Citizenship Studies
Seisen University
3-16-21, Higashi-Gotanda, Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan

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