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Tohoku University
Graduate School of Environmental Studies Department of Environmental Studies for Advanced Society Energy Resources International Energy Resources
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Associate Professor
PhD(University of Tokyo)
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Published Papers

Naoyuki Ohara, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Gregory Trencher
Environmental Communication   1   Nov 2019   [Refereed]
Trencher, G., N. Healy, K. Hasegawa & J. Asuka
Energy Policy   132 782-796   Sep 2019   [Refereed]
Achieving temperature targets under the Paris Agreement requires urgent measures to curb construction of coal-fired power plants (CFPPs) and expediate the retirement of existing assets. As the world's fourth largest coal consumer, Japan's efforts ...
Gregory Trencher, Jeroen van der Heijden
Energy Research & Social Science   54 34   Aug 2019   [Refereed]
Trencher, Gregory; van der Heijden, Jeroen
Energy Research & Social Science   49 209-218   2019   [Refereed]
Scholarship is devoting increasing attention to the important role that socio-technical imaginaries play in materialising desirable energy futures by inspiring and propelling technological innovation strategies, mobilising stakeholders and resourc...
Trencher G, A. Karvonen.
Inside Smart Cities: Place, Politics and Urban Innovation      Oct 2018
The majority of smart city initiatives to date have focused on economic development strategies that deploy digital technologies to reduce environmental impacts. Such activities have been widely critiqued for forwarding the interests of private sec...
Trencher G, A. Geissler, Y. Yamanaka. 201
Urban Living Labs: Experimenting with City Futures      May 2018   [Refereed]
Trencher, G., A. Geissler & Y. Yamanaka. 2018. 15-years and still living: The Basel Pilot Region laboratory and Switzerland’s pursuit of a 2000-Watt Society. In Urban Living Labs: Experimentation and Socio‐technical Transitions, eds. S. Marvin, H....
Gregory Trencher, Shirley Vincent, Kyle Bahr, Shogo Kudo, Kate Markham, Kate Markham, Yasuhiro Yamanaka
Journal of Cleaner Production   181 829-841   Apr 2018   [Refereed]
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Interest in and understanding of the various competencies that university sustainability and environmental graduate degree programs should aim for has increased in recent years. Yet empirical efforts that assess the effectivene...
Walter Leal Filho, Luciana Londero Brandli, Deisi Becker, Constantina Skanavis, Aristea Kounani, Chrysoula Sardi, Dimitra Papaioannidou, Arminda Paço, Ulisses Azeiteiro, Luiza Olim de Sousa, Schalk Raath, Rudi Wessel Pretorius, Christine Shiel, Valeria Vargas, Gregory Trencher, Robert W. Marans
International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education   19 85-113   Jan 2018   [Refereed]
© 2018, © Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: There is a widely held belief that sustainable development (SD) policies are essential for universities to successfully engage in matters related to sustainability, and are an indicator of the extent ...
Vanesa Castán Broto, Gregory Trencher, Ewa Iwaszuk, Linda Westman
Ambio   1-14   2018   [Refereed][Invited]
Trencher, Gregory
Technological Forecasting and Social Change      2018   [Refereed]
While scholars critique the first-generation of the corporate smart city for failing to tackle people-oriented agendas and authentically respond to the needs of residents, many point to a potential to move beyond narrow environmental and economic ...
Christopher Luederitz, Niko Schäpke, Arnim Wiek, Arnim Wiek, Arnim Wiek, Daniel J. Lang, Daniel J. Lang, Daniel J. Lang, Matthias Bergmann, Matthias Bergmann, Joannette J. Bos, Sarah Burch, Anna Davies, James Evans, Ariane König, Megan A. Farrelly, Nigel Forrest, Niki Frantzeskaki, Robert B. Gibson, Braden Kay, Derk Loorbach, Kes McCormick, Oliver Parodi, Felix Rauschmayer, Uwe Schneidewind, Michael Stauffacher, Franziska Stelzer, Gregory Trencher, Johannes Venjakob, Philip J. Vergragt, Henrik von Wehrden, Henrik von Wehrden, Henrik von Wehrden, Frances R. Westley
Journal of Cleaner Production   169 61-76   Dec 2017   [Refereed]
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd Transitions towards sustainability are urgently needed to address the interconnected challenges of economic development, ecological integrity, and social justice, from local to global scales. Around the world, collaborative sci...
Gregory Trencher, Andrew Karvonen
Local Environment   1-18   Aug 2017   [Refereed]
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group Contemporary smart cities have largely mirrored the sustainable development agenda by embracing an ecological modernisation approach to urban development. There is a strong focus on st...
Gregory Trencher, Gregory Trencher, Masafumi Nagao, Masafumi Nagao, Chiahsin Chen, Chiahsin Chen, Kentaro Ichiki, Tobai Sadayoshi, Mariko Kinai, Mio Kamitani, Shojiro Nakamura, Aiko Yamauchi, Masaru Yarime, Masaru Yarime, Masaru Yarime
Sustainability (Switzerland)   9    Apr 2017   [Refereed]
© 2017 by the authors. Universities are under mounting pressure to partner with societal stakeholders and organizations to collaboratively create and implement sustainability-advancing knowledge, tools, and societal transformations. Simultaneously...
A. Beynaghi, F. Moztarzadeh, G. Trencher
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews   51    Jan 2017   [Refereed]
Gregory Trencher, Vanesa Castán Broto, Tomoko Takagi, Zoe Sprigings, Yuko Nishida, Masaru Yarime
Environmental Science and Policy   66 353-365   Dec 2016   [Refereed]
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd This study examines ten programmes to advance energy efficiency and retrofitting of existing, private sector buildings in C40 cities in Asia-Pacific and USA. We set out to identify differing policy approaches, together with pot...
M. Mozafari, M. Mozafari, M. Mozafari, G. Trencher, A. Beynaghi
Science   352 1404   Jun 2016
Ali Beynaghi, Ali Beynaghi, Gregory Trencher, Fathollah Moztarzadeh, Masoud Mozafari, Reza Maknoon, Walter Leal Filho
Journal of Cleaner Production   112 3464-3478   Jan 2016   [Refereed]
© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. As achievements of the completed United Nations Decade (2005-2014) of Education for Sustainable Development are contemplated globally, along with potential steps forward for the future, Member States have ...
Gregory Trencher, Toru Terada, Masaru Yarime
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability   16 56-63   Oct 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
© 2015 Elsevier B.V. Universities around the world are increasingly engaging in multi-stakeholder collaborations for the co-creation of knowledge, tools and experiments with social and technical systems for advancing societal sustainability. With ...
Daniel Rosenberg Daneri, Gregory Trencher, John Petersen
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability   16 14-21   Oct 2015   [Refereed]
© 2015 Elsevier B.V. An increasing number of colleges and universities are playing a crucial role in driving societal transformations and creating the physical and social conditions for accelerating progress towards sustainability. The potential o...
Gregory Trencher, Xuemei Bai, James Evans, Kes McCormick, Masaru Yarime
Global Environmental Change   28 153-165   Jan 2014   [Refereed]
© 2014 Elsevier Ltd. Universities are playing an increasingly central role in advancing sustainability at the local, regional and national scale through cross-sector collaborations. Accompanying the launch of Future Earth, interest is mounting in ...
A. Kharrazi, M. Yarime, G. Trencher
WIT Transactions on Ecology and the Environment   181 543-550   Jan 2014   [Refereed]
Sustainability as a concept has multiple disparate perspectives stemming from different related disciplines which either maintain ambiguous interpretations or concentrate on metrics pertaining to single aspects of a system. An ecological informati...
Gregory Trencher, Masaru Yarime, Kes B. McCormick, Christopher N.H. Doll, Steven B. Kraines
Science and Public Policy   41 151-179   Jan 2014   [Refereed]
This paper explores a global trend where universities are collaborating with government, industry and civil society to advance the sustainable transformation of a specific geographical area or societal sub-system. With empirical evidence, we argue...
Gregory P. Trencher, Masaru Yarime, Ali Kharrazi
Journal of Cleaner Production   50 40-55   Jul 2013   [Refereed]
This paper attempts to 'connect the dots' between several cases and provide a comprehensive global analysis of the trend of universities reaching across campus boundaries to form partnerships with government, industry and civic organisations to dr...
Masaru Yarime, Gregory Trencher, Takashi Mino, Roland W. Scholz, Lennart Olsson, Barry Ness, Niki Frantzeskaki, Jan Rotmans
Sustainability Science   7 101-113   Feb 2012   [Refereed][Invited]
The field of sustainability science aims to understand the complex and dynamic interactions between natural and human systems in order to transform and develop these in a sustainable manner. As sustainability problems cut across diverse academic d...