About “Institute for Sustainability Research”
The Institute for Sustainability Research, Hosei University (ISR-HU; Tokyo, Japan) aims at new development of sustainability research by 1) inheriting research activities on environmental sustainability which were conducted under the Institute for Sustainability Research and Education (closed in March 2013); 2) reconstructing of the disaster-stricken areas by the Great East Japan Earthquake; and 3) establishing new energy policies which are considered as main issues for Japanese society after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster. More specifically, based on environmental sociology, sociology of local community, social planning, citizens’ movement, administrative law, environmental law, social philosophy, ethics, media studies and archival science, ISR-HU takes following 5 approaches;
- Elucidating problems for energy policies based on establishment of environmental archives and compilation of A Comprehensive Chronology for Nuclear Energy: History of events leading to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster (Tokyo: Suiren-sha, 2014; in Japanese).
- Exploring solutions for nuclear waste problems which are expected to meet more difficulties accompanied by a nuclear phase out, as well as economic, financial and employment problems for regions where nuclear power plants are located
- Understanding policy changes and analyzing policy logics for foreign energy policies
- Establishing “the Integrated Commercialization Model” which promotes renewable energy projects and supporting its implementation
- Local development in the disaster-stricken areas, population declining areas and developing countries by introducing renewable energies
In the 1st approach, there is a project called the World Environmental Chronology Project (WEC project), which is now planned to present its work in the Thematic Session 2: “History of Environmental Problems and Environmental Sociology” at the 2nd day of the Pre-Congress Conference. WEC is the first collective handbook written in English on the environmental chronology for 124 different countries/regions from the industrial revolution to the first decade of the 21st century. It contains various information on the environment, such as environmental problems, environmental policies and legislations and environmental movements, with specific references for each item. ISR-HU and the WEC project expect that participants of the session will witness the usefulness of the WEC and its chronological method for their future research.