TANAKA, Toshinori

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TANAKA, Toshinori
The University of Tokyo
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
Job title
Associate Professor
Research funding number

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Aug 2018
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
Apr 2018
Jul 2018
Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
Jul 2012
Mar 2018
Project Assistant Professor, Graaduate Scohol of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo
Jul 2011
Jun 2012
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University
Apr 2011
Jun 2011
Post-doctoral Researcher, Graduate School of Law, Hokkaido University


Apr 2008
Mar 2011
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University

Committee Memberships

Apr 2015
The Forest Culture Association  research committee
Oct 2014
The Ministry of the Environment  The World Heritage Scientific Committee Amami-Ryukyu WG
Apr 2014
IUCN  Member of Commission on Environmental Law
Jan 2013
Member of Japan MAB Planning Committee

Awards & Honors

Aug 2017
ESPEC Prize for the Environmental Studies, ESPEC Foundation for Global Environment Research and Technology
May 2017
[Comparative Legal Analysis of Protected Areas including Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites], Award of Merit, UNESCO Jakarta Regional Science Bureau for Asia and Pacific
Dec 2009
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Paper Award

Published Papers

Bureaucracy in Nature Conservation: a new perspective on technocratic bureaucracy
TANAKA, Toshinori
The Annals of the Japanese Society for Public Administration   53 142-162   May 2018   [Refereed]
Analysis of the Governance Structures in Japan’s Biosphere Reserves: Perspectives from Bottom–Up and Multilevel Characteristics
Tanaka, T and Wakamatsu N
Environmental Management   61(1) 155-170   Jan 2018   [Refereed]
Costly Barriers to Sustainable Institutions: Empirical Evidence from State-Reinforced Management of a Communal Irrigation System in the Philippines
Doreen Ingosan Allasiw, Toshinori Tanaka and Takashi Mino
Sustainability   9    May 2017   [Refereed]
Directions for Vacant Lot Management in the Outer Suburbs of the Tokyo Metropolitan Region
China Yanada, Toru Terada, Toshinori Tanaka, Makoto Yokohari
Urban and Regional Planning Review   3 66-84   Apr 2016   [Refereed]
Jarkko Havas, Osamu Saito, Keisuke Hanaki, Toshinori Tanaka
Ecosystem Services   18 130-140   Mar 2016   [Refereed]
A comparative analysis of national networks of international conservation institutions: World Heritage Convention, Ramsar Convention, UNESCO MAB Programme, and Global Geopark Network
TANAKA, Toshinori
Japanese Journal of Ecology   66(1)    Mar 2016   [Refereed]
Joanne Yu Ting Khew, Makoto Yokohari, Toshinori Tanaka
Human Ecology   42(6) 979-988   Dec 2014   [Refereed]
Governance of Japan's National Parks in 21st Century: a Perspective from Public Administration
TANAKA, Toshinori
Journal of Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture   75(3)    Oct 2014   [Invited]
Implementing Sustainable Tourism in Complex Situations: A Case Study of Minami-jima in Ogasawara Islands
TANAKA, Toshinori
UNESCO World Heritage Paper Series   38 68-75   Aug 2014   [Invited]


Can Sustainability Become a Civilization of 21st century?
TANAKA, Toshinori
Green Power   (479) 26-29   Nov 2018   [Refereed][Invited]
TANAKA, Toshinori
HUFFPOST      Sep 2018   [Invited]
Administrative History of National Parks in Japan 5
TANAKA, Toshinori
National Parks   (761) 20-25   Mar 2018   [Invited]
Administrative History of National Parks in Japan 4
TANAKA, Toshinori
National Parks   (760) 26-30   Jan 2018   [Invited]
Administrative History of National Parks in Japan2
TANAKA, Toshinori
National Parks   758 21-24   Nov 2017   [Invited]

Books etc

Biosphere Reserves: Nature Conservation through Local Practices
TANAKA, Toshinori (Part:Contributor, Governing Networks)
Kyoto University Publishing   Apr 2019   
Dictionary of Environmental Economics and Policy Studies
TANAKA, Toshinori (Part:Contributor, World Heritage Convention)
Apr 2019   
State of the Earth 2013
TANAKA, Toshinori (Part:Joint Translation)
Worldwatch Japan   Dec 2016   
Forest Environment 2016
TANAKA, Toshinori (Part:Contributor, What is Green Reconstruction? a dilemma of Sanriku Fukko National Park and the Sea Wall)
The Forest Culture Associatoin   Mar 2016   
Where Art and Science Fall in Love: JOZO 2050
TANAKA, Toshinori (Part:Contributor)
Hakuhodo, Inc.   Mar 2016   

Conference Activities & Talks

Implementation of World Heritage Convention [Invited]
TANAKA, Toshinori
Japan Association for Environmental Law and Policy Symposium 2019   9 Jun 2019   
The Role of Government in managin the Natural Tourism Resources [Invited]
TANAKA, Toshinori
Annual Conference of the Japanese Society for Public Administration   26 May 2019   
Minami-Alps Biosphere Reserve: Current Status and Future Pespective [Invited]
TANAKA, Toshinori
Annual Meeting of Minami Alps Biosphere Reserve Council   22 May 2019   
Implementation of Lima Action Plan in Japan [Invited]
TANAKA, Toshinori
MAB National Committee, Japanese National Commission for UNESCO   20 Mar 2019   
TANAKA, Toshinori
Trans-disciplinary Symposium "Culture and Future of Fermentation and Japanese Sake"   4 Mar 2019   
Understanding Environmental Problems [Invited]
TANAKA, Toshinori
Research meeting on Public Administration   8 Feb 2019   
TANAKA, Toshinori
Ceremonial Speech at Minakami Town   13 Jan 2019   
A Standard Framework for Biosphere Reserve management informed by Sustainability Science [Invited]
TANAKA, Toshinori
2018 Year Review and Plan for Lima Action Plan Implementation – Eco - Labelling in Vietnam Biosphere Reserve Network   28 Nov 2018   
Implementation of MAB Programme in Japan [Invited]
TANAKA, Toshinori
International Forum on Implications of Protected Areas for the Achievement of SDG 15   16 Nov 2018   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Comparative Analysis of Transaction Cost in Rule-making and its Implementation in National Parks
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): TANAKA, Toshinori
Analysis of Lima Action Plan Implementation in Japan's BR
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO: 
Project Year: 2018 - 2019    Investigator(s): TANAKA, Toshinori
Trans-disciplinary Research on Fermentation in Global Economy
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo: Trans-disciplinary Research Promotion
Project Year: 2018 - 2019    Investigator(s): TANAKA, Toshinori
Research on Management of Kuchinoerabu Biosphere Reserve
Yakushima Town: 
Project Year: 2018 - 2019    Investigator(s): TANAKA, Toshinori
sustainable management of natural tourism resources: policy analysis
Project Year: Apr 2015 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): TANAKA, Toshinori
Comparative Law Study on the Implementation of Biosphere Reserve Zonation in the Asia Pacific Region with Identification of Key Legal Aspects
Project Year: 2018 - 2018    Investigator(s): Donna Craig
Sustainability Science Framework for Managing Biosphere Reserves
Project Year: 2017 - 2018    Investigator(s): TANAKA, Toshinori
Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, the University of Tokyo: Grant for Promotion of Trans-disciplinary research
Project Year: Dec 2015 - Nov 2016    Investigator(s): TANAKA, Toshinori
Sustainable eco-tourism: case study of Act on Special Measures for the Promotion and Development of Okinawa
Nissei foundation: young researcher grant
Project Year: Oct 2014 - Sep 2015    Investigator(s): TANAKA, Toshinori
Co-management of the transboundary protected areas
Project Year: Apr 2012 - Mar 2015    Investigator(s): TANAKA, Toshinori