Research component

After completion of the coursework component of the program in their first six months, students in MSc engage in full-time research for the remaining 18 months. Throughout the program, students are actively involved in the School’s research community, participating in weekly seminars, thematic workshops and academic conferences.

IPADS offers various areas of research that constitute the fundamentals of Agricultural Development Studies.

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The research component of the MSc program and the entire PhD program are conducted under the supervision of one or more of the School’s faculty. Students have opportunities to work with suitable members of staff to satisfy their own requirements and research interest.

Research topics currently being undertaken at the School include, but are not limited to:

Plant Science

Kensuke OKADA, Professor
Toru FUJIWARA, Professor
Kae MIYAZAWA, Associate Professor
Akihiko KAMOSHITA, Associate Professor
Yoichiro KATO, Associate Professor
  • Impacts of atmospheric changes on agriculture and ecosystems in Asia
  • Plant production in effective agro-ecosystem management
  • Crop management assisted with modeling in Africa and South America
  • Water-saving rice production systems

Plant Material Science

Yukie SAITO, Professor
Satoshi KUBO, Associate Professor
  • Technology development to use under-utilized plant resources
  • Study on function of plant components in ecosystems
  • Development of the techniques for performance evaluation of material for lesser-utilized biomass resources
  • Effective utilization of lignin and other chemicals from wood materials
  • Wood-based building materials and components

Plant Biotechnology

Hiromi NAKANISHI, Associate Professor
Matthias WISSUWA, Associate Professor
  • Plant tissue culture to introduce useful genes to produce functional molecules
  • Cellular and molecular analysis of iron acquisition mechanism in plants
  • Genetic studies on acquisition and efficient use of phosphorus
  • Analysis of stress response and molecular genetic breeding of stress tolerant plant


Nobuhiro SUZUKI, Professor
Takeshi SAKURAI, Professor
Katsuhiro SAITO, Associate Professor
Hsiaoping CHIEN, Associate Professor
  • Effect of global warming on world agriculture and forestry
  • Food supply and demand in the world interpreted by system model
  • Economic development and environmental problems in the developing countries
  • Historical study for climate change, agriculture and population growth in the world
  • Green Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa and Poverty Reduction
  • Comparative Economic History on the Development of Market Institutions

Animal Science

Katsuaki SUGIURA, Professor
Yasunobu MATSUMOTO, Associate Professor
Hideki ENDO, Professor
Yoko AIDA, Professor
  • Epidemiology of zoonotic infectious diseases
  • Virus-based recombinant vaccines for animal diseases
  • Molecular pathology of malaria and leishmaniasis
  • Development of edible vaccines and other mucosal vaccines
  • Studies on the morphological diversity of vertebrates

Food Science

Tetsuya ARAKI, Associate Professor
Hiroshi NABETANI, Professor
  • Food engineering including the optimization of freeze-drying processes
  • Value chain analysis in developing countries
  • Application of membrane separation technology for food processing
  • Optimal distribution model for fresh produce in rural Java, Indonesia


Masaru MIZOGUCHI, Professor
  • Constructing monitoring system for agricultural and soil information using IT technologies
  • Engineering development in the conservation of agricultural farm


Satoshi TSUYUKI, Professor
Naoto KAMATA, Professor
Kenji FUKUDA, Professor
Toshiaki OWARI, Associate Professor
Tamotsu SATO, Associate Professor
  • Policy options for collaborative forest governance
  • Comparative analysis on participatory forest management policy
  • Forest monitoring using satellite remote sensing
  • Forest environment assessment by remote sensing and GIS
  • Development of forest certification system for the rural communities
  • Forest insect population ecology


Nobuyuki YAGI, Professor
Shuichi ASAKAWA, Professor
Marcy WILDER, Professor
Tomohiko KAWAMURA, Professor
Yutaro SAKAI, Associate Professor
  • Economics and policy for conserving marine biological resources
  • Analysis of marine biodiversity and economic development
  • Life histories, population dynamics and community structures of coastal fishes in southern Japan and Southeast Asia
  • Material cycles and food web systems of coastal areas in Southeast Asia
  • Improvement of aquaculture systems for sustainable utilization of coastal environments in Southeast Asia

Environmental Science

Taku NISHIMURA, Professor


Toshiya OKURO, Professor


Applicants for the PhD program must contact their potential supervisor(s) DIRECTLY and prepare a research proposal with him/her/them prior to application. The IPADS Office does not offer assistance for potential applicants to select their PhD supervisors.

For the MSc program, prospective students shortlisted for admission will receive an invitation to contact their potential supervisors to discuss research opportunities. Until then, all MSc application-related inquiries should be directed to the IPADS Office.


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