About OPRI

Staff Members

Keita Furukawa
Ocean Policy Research Institute
(Division of Ocean Policy Research)

Senior Research Fellow
Keita Furukawa
Dr Keita Furukawa, Affiliated Research Fellow, the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI/SPF), Japan. He is also an affiliated professor at Yokohama National University and Tokushima University, and president of the Association for Shore Environment Creation (NPO).
He has more than 30 years’ experience with marine and coastal environmental research and in coastal ecosystem restoration project implementation. This includes work within governmental institutions, along with ocean policy studies at OPRI-SPF.
His scientific work has focused on the open ocean, estuaries, tidal-flats, seagrass beds, coral reefs, and mangrove forests. He has been actively involved in local, national, regional, and global action for marine environment conservation and restoration.


  • Coastal ecosystem restoration
  • integrated coastal management (ICM)
  • mangrove forest
  • gobies revival project
  • blue carbon
  • climate change adaptation and mitigation, and civil science


Academic/Professional Background
Academic Society etc.
  • the Japan Society of Ocean Policy (public relations committee member)
  • the Japan Association for Coastal Zone Studies (organizing committee member)
  • the Japan Society for Mangroves (board member)
  • International EMECS (science and policy committee member)
  • PEMSEA (co-chair of the technical session)
Professional Background
  • Apr. 2013- has worked for OPRI-SPF on topics including Ocean Governance, Blue Economy, Ocean Education, and Integrated Coastal Management
  • 1994-1996 visiting research fellow at the Australian Institute for Marine Science (AIMS)
  • 1988-2013 research position at the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management (NILIM: formerly PHRI)
Academic Background
  • Dr (Eng.) in Civil Engineering in 2004 from Waseda University, Japan


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