About OPRI

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Michael C. Huang
Ocean Policy Research Institute
(Division of Ocean Policy Research)

Senior Research Fellow
Michael C. Huang
Michael C. Huang has been affiliated with the Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) since 2018. His expertise is general equilibrium analysis using the GTAP modeling for policy simulations. Dr. Huang is in charge of economic analysis for projects of Blue economy, Blue finance, Science, technology, and innovation policy assessment, and Disaster risk management. In addition, his research activities are related to United Nations Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Initiative and Asian Development Bank Ocean Financing Initiatives. Dr. Huang's research fields aim to connect the ocean to the social system on various topics, including Renewable energy, Deepsea water industry, Resilient global supply chain, Eco-Friendly shipping, hydrogen society transition, and cultural satellite accounting (CSA) for heritages. He serves as guest editor for Marine Policy (2020-2022), as well as the editor for Blue Economy and Blue Finance (ADBI Press), Moving toward Net-zero Carbon Society (Springer).
Before OPRI, Dr. Huang served as a researcher in the Science for RE-designing Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciREX) Center at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS) and Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) in Tokyo. He is also managing special economic seminars in the Faculty of Economics at Toyo University for Ocean and disaster economics, Asian economic development and integration, and Policy analysis. He holds PhD in Public Economics from GRIPS and is a member of Japan Ocean Policy Society, Japan Economic Association, and the Japan Castle Foundation.


  • Blue finance
  • Blue economy
  • Policy simulation
  • Disaster economics
  • Global supply chain
Shiiba N, Wu H, Huang M, Tanaka H (2021) "How blue financing can sustain ocean conservation and development: A proposed conceptual framework for blue financing mechanism", Marine Policy 139, 104575.
Tanaka H, Shiiba N, Huang M (2021) “Disaster Impact Assessment and Vulnerability Index (VI) of a Tsunami: An Approach using Geographic Information System (GIS) and General Equilibrium for Mie Prefecture, Japan”, IDRiM Journal 11(1): 46-63.
Huang M and Kim C (2021) “Investigating Cost-effectiveness Policy Incentives for Renewable Energy for Japan: A Recursive CGE Approach for Optimal Energy Mix”, The Singapore Economic Review 66(2): 507-528.
Iwaki Y, Rauniyar S, Nomura S, Huang M (2021) "Assessing Factors Associated with TB Awareness in Nepal: A National and Subnational Study", International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health 18(10): 5124.
Cheng Y, Tseng Y, Iwaki Y, Huang M (2021) “Sustainable food security in Small Island Developing States (SIDS): A case of Horticulture project in Marshall Islands” Marine Policy 128: 104378.
Tanaka H,Huang M (2021) "Impact assessment and a fiscal recovery policy for tsunami risk: GIS and the general equilibrium approach in Hakodate city, Japan" Environment and Planning B: Urban Analytics and City Science, 48(5): 1144–1160.
Huang M, Liou M, Iwaki Y (2021) “The impact of R&D and innovation on global supply chain transition: GTAP analysis on Japan’s public R&D investment”, Journal of Social and Economic Development(S3): 447-467.
Tanaka H, Huang M (2021) “Policy simulations of 6th industrialization subsidy using recursive general equilibrium model: Case of Hakodate city, Hokkaido”, Ocean Policy Studies: 14, 73-88. (In Japanese)
Huang M, Hosoe N (2017) “Fiscal and Social Costs of Recovery Programs for an Earthquake Disaster in Northern Taiwan”, Journal of Asian Economics 53: 1-17.
Huang M (2017) The tendency of economic collaboration between Japan and Taiwan under Tsai Iing-wen's new administration, World Economic Review 61(1): 14-22. [In Japanese]
Huang M, Hosoe N (2016) “Computable General Equilibrium Assessment of a Compound Disaster in Northern Taiwan”, Review of Urban & Regional Development Studies 28(2): 89-106.
Huang M, Soong J (2016) “The Political Economy of ECFA Impact between China-Taiwan and the ASEAN States: Opportunity and Challenges”, The Chinese Economy 49(6): 429-441.
Huang M, Leen A (2007) “How a Free Market System Resulted in Hegemony and a Magnificent Era: The Case of Oda, 16th Century, Japan”, Archives of Economic History 19: 5-16.
Huang M, Rauniyar S, Iwaki Y, Paudel D (2023) “Investigating Build-Forward-Better Disaster Recovery Policies for Nepal 2015 Earthquake Recovery: An Approach of Recursive General Equilibrium Model”, in Wibowo and Tiwari (Eds) Resilient Compensation and Restitution for Post-Disaster Recovery in Asia and the Pacific, ADBI Press.
Huang M, Iwaki Y, Liou M (2023) “Technology Foresight for Hydrogen Society Transition in Japan: An Approach of GTAP-E-Power Model”, Hydrogen in Decarbonization Strategies in Asia and the Pacific, ADBI Press, 110-137.
Huang M, “Connecting Global Issues of Net-Zero Carbon Society in the 21st Century”, in: Wu, Liu, Huang (eds) Moving Toward Net-Zero Carbon Society. Springer Climate. Springer, 1-8.
Huang M, Iwaki Y, Liou M (2023) “Impact Assessment of Eco-Friendly Cooling System Implementation on Sea Transportation: A GTAP-E-Power Model Application”, in: Wu, Liu, Huang (eds) Moving Toward Net-Zero Carbon Society. Springer Climate. Springer, 135-148.
Tanaka H, Huang M, Watanabe A (2023) “The Environmental and Economic Potential of Kelp as Blue Carbon: Case of Hakodate, Japan”, in: Wu, Liu, Huang (eds) Moving Toward Net-Zero Carbon Society. Springer Climate. Springer, 107-117.
Huang M, Morgan, P. (2022) “Overview of the Blue Economy and Blue Finance” in Morgan, Huang, Voyer, Benzaken, Watanabe (eds) Blue Economy and Blue Finance, ADBI Press.
Huang M, Liou M, Tanaka H, Shiiba N (2022) “Global Economic Assessment of Renewable Energy for ESG Investment in Asia Using a Dynamic Global Trade Analysis Project Model”, in Nemoto, Liu (eds) Strengthening Environmental, Social, and Governance Investment Under COVID-19, ADBI Press, 128-155.
Huang M,Kuroda M (2021) “Investigation of Japan’s Value Chain through Research and Development and Innovation under Demographic Change: Implications for Digitalization in the Post-COVID-19 Era”, in Park, Ogawa, Kim, Sirivunnabood, Le (eds) Demographic Transition and Its Impacts in Asia and Europe. Tokyo: ADBI Press, pp. 93-122. 
Kuroda M,Huang M (2021) “Evaluation of knowledge stocks of R&D expenditures as intangible assets on static/dynamic TFP measures by input-output framework”, Global Value Chain Development Report 2021: Beyond Production, ADB-OECD.  
Kim C, Huang M, (2021) "The Privatization of Japan Railways and Japan Post: Why, How, and Now" in: Taghizadeh-Hesary, Yoshino, Kim, Kim (eds) Reforming State-Owned Enterprises in Asia. ADB Institute Series on Development Economics, pp 133-155. Singapore: Springer. 
Huang M,Masuda A (2020) “How Do Production Networks Affect the Resilience of Firms to Economic and Natural Disasters: A Methodological Approach and Assessment in Japan, Taiwan and Thailand” in: Anbumozhi V., Kimura F., Thangavelu S. (Eds) Supply Chain Resilience, pp 77-108. Singapore: Springer.
Kawasaki K,Sunami A, Ikeda Y., Huang M (2019) “Japan: Leveraging National Regulatory Reform and the Economic Modeling of Trade Agreements”, in Kingsbury B., Malone D., Mertenskötter P., Stewart R., Streinz T., Sunami A. (eds) Contested Megaregulation: Global Economic Ordering after TPP, pp 455-476. New York: Oxford University Press.
Kuroda M, Ikeuchi K, Hara Y, Huang M (2018) “Assessments of ICT Policy Options: The Framework of Input-Output Table Linked with Intangible Knowledge Stock”, in: Mukhopadhyay K. (Ed.) Applications of the Input-Output Framework, pp 65-110. Springer. 
Liu M, Huang M (2015) “Compound Disaster and Compounding Processes: Implications for Disaster Risk Management”, Input Paper in 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction. Geneva: UNISDR.
Edited Book
Huang M., Juang J., Jin H. (Forthcoming) Community-based Approach for Blue Impact: Think Tank-University Social Responsibility, Springer-Nature. 
Huang M. (Forthcoming) Formation of an Ocean State: The Japanese Castles and the Development of Cultural Citizenship, New York: Edwin Mellen Press.
Wu H, Liu W, Huang M (2023) Moving Toward Net-Zero Carbon Society Challenges and Opportunities: Challenges and Opportunities, Springer Climate. Springer. (ISBN: 978-3-031-24544-2)
Morgan P, Huang M, Voyer M, Benzaken D, Watanabe A (2022) Blue Economy and Blue Finance: Toward Sustainable Development and Ocean Governance, ADBI Press. (ISBN: 978-4-89974-251-7)
Wu H, Huang M (2020) Climate Change and Disaster Management Law and Policy, Taipei: New Sharing Publishing Co. Ltd. (ISBN: 978-986-5532-666)
The Economic Effects of Deep Sea Water Cluster and its Implications for Blue Impact Finance (National Ocean Day International Forum, Taiwan, June 2022)
Impact assessment and a fiscal recovery policy for tsunami risk: GIS and the general equilibrium approach in Hakodate City, Japan(2.76MB)
 (ADBI- Tokyo Virtual Workshop on Resilience of Cities to External Shocks, October, 2020)
Tsunami Disaster Impact and Vulnerability Index (VI) Assessment: An Approach of GIS and CGE model for Mie Prefecture, Japan (3.01MB)
(Online Annual Conference of Integrated Disaster Risk Management Society, September 2020)
The Role of Deep Seawater in the Blue Economy and Sustainable Development(6.65MB)
 (The 2020 International Deep Sea Water Symposium, November 2020)
Blue Finance toward Sustainable Ocean Governance(7.67MB)
(APEC Roundtable Meeting on Sustainability of the Marine Environment, December 2019)
Blogs and interviews
Press release


Creative Research Towards the Future of the Oceans (Blue Financing, Science and Technology, Innovation Policy Assessment, Disaster Risk Management)
Academic/Professional Background
Academic Society etc.
  • Japan Society of Ocean Policy
  • Japan Economic Association
  • Japan Castle Foundation
Professional Background
  • Senior Research Fellow, OPRI (2022-present)
  • Managing Guest Editor for Marine Policy (2020-2022)
  • Distinguished Researcher, National University of Kaohsiung (2019-present)
  • Visiting Researcher, GRIPS (2019-present)
  • Project Leader of Blue Finance, Blue Impact Finance, OPRI (2018-present)
  • Research Fellow, OPRI (2018-2022)
  • Global Health Diplomacy Workshop, iGHP, NCGM-MOFA, Japan (2017)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Toyo University (2016-present)
  • Resource Speaker for ADBI Capacity Building & Training (CBT) (2016-2018)
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, SciREX Center, GRIPS (2015-2018)
  • Research Associate, ADBI (2012-13)
  • International Development Professional Training Program, GRIPS-MOFA, Japan (2012)
Academic Background
  • MA of International Economics, GRIPS, 2011
  • PhD in Public Economics, GRIPS, 2015


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