Takuto Sakamoto

Takuto Sakamoto

J-GLOBAL         Last updated: Jul 14, 2019 at 03:13
Takuto Sakamoto
The University of Tokyo
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Job title
Associate Professor
Ph.D(University of Tokyo)


Originally as a student of international relations, I have been studying different political dynamics observed in Africa, especially its northeastern region: state integration and disintegration; domestic armed conflict and its international ramifications; and emerging regional inter-state cooperation. Recently I have also started visiting several places in the region as well as in Mongolia for the purpose of studying nomadic pastoralists. My focus here is on rapidly changing social and ecological circumstances such as land tenure transformation and climate change, which can significantly affect the sustainability of pastoral livelihoods in those arid areas. Most of these studies benefit from the growing availability of various computational tools such as agent-based simulation and satellite image analysis. I have keen interests in applying these and other computational tools to wider social phenomena, not just those in the domain of international relations.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Nov 2016
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
Nov 2014
Oct 2015
Visiting Scientist, ETH Zürich
Apr 2014
Oct 2016
Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Area Studies Center, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization
Nov 2010
Mar 2014
Research Associate, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo
Apr 2010
Nov 2010
Project Lecturer, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

Published Papers

Takuto Sakamoto and Hiroki Takikawa
Proceedings of 2017 IEEE International Conference on Big Data   3022-3028   Dec 2017   [Refereed]
Joeri Smits, Yibekal Tessera, Takuto Sakamoto, Richard Schodde
UNU-WIDER Working Paper   (2016/046) 1-35   Apr 2016   [Refereed]
Takuto Sakamoto
PLoS ONE   11(3)    Mar 2016   [Refereed]
Takuto Sakamoto
Journal of Management and Sustainability   6(1) 59-75   Mar 2016   [Refereed]


Takuto Sakamoto, Lloyd Sanders, and Nobu Inazumi
bioRxiv   055905 1-14   Sep 2017
Takuto Sakamoto, Lloyd Sanders, and Nobu Inazumi
bioRxiv   055905 1-17   May 2016
Takuto Sakamoto and Mitsugi Endo
SSRN Working Paper   1-33   May 2016