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Miko Maekawa
Ocean Policy Research Institute
(Division of Ocean Policy Research)

Former Senior Research Fellow
Miko Maekawa
Ms. MIKO MAEKAWA is Senior Research Fellow at the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF). Prior to joining the SPF, she worked at several organizations including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (2000-2007), University of Tokyo as Assistant Professor with the "Wisdom of Water" (Suntory) Corporate Sponsored Research Program (2012) and the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University as Lecturer (2013). During her assignment at UNDP, Ms. Maekawa has managed a wide range of environmental projects on climate change mitigation, biodiversity conservation, and environmental mainstreaming. 


  • Ocean and Climate
  • Marine biodiversity conservation
2023 Nagisa Shiiba, Priyatma Singh, Dhrishna Charan, Kushaal Raj, Jack Stuart, Arpana Pratap, Miko Maekawa (2023) Climate change and coastal resiliency of Suva, Fiji: a holistic approach for measuring climate risk using the climate and ocean risk vulnerability index (CORVI) , Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change, 28, 9. doi:10.1007/s11027-022-10043-4
2022 Miko Maekawa, Mikiyasu Nakayama, Ryo Fujikura, Takayasu Yoshida, and Nagisa Shiiba (2022) Highly Skilled Migrant Workers as a Vulnerability of Small Island Developing States During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cases of Three Countries in Micronesia, J. Disaster Res., Vol.17, No.3, pp. 380-387, 2022. 
2022 Shanna N. McClain, Carl Bruch, Erin Daly, James May, Yuko Hamada, Miko Maekawa, Nagisa Shiiba, Mikiyasu Nakayama, and Glykeria Tsiokanou (2022) Migration with Dignity: A Legal and Policy Framework, J. Disaster Res., Vol.17, No.3, pp. 292-300. 
2022 Ryo Fujikura, Miko Maekawa, Mikiyasu Nakayama, and Daisuke Sasaki (2022) Evacuees Preferred to Continue Living in Relocation Sites Rather than Return: Misunderstanding of the Government and Media About the True Intentions of Evacuees, J. Disaster Res., Vol.17, No.3, pp. 356-364.
2022 Iwao Fujii, Miko Maekawa, Nozomi Shimizu, Naohisa Kanda, Nariaki Mikuni, Kazunobu Suzuki, Izumi Tsurita, Miriam C. Balgos, Marjo K. Vierros (2022) Implications of existing capacity building efforts for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction: A case study of Japan. Marine Policy, 138. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2022.105004
2022 Junko Toyoshima, Iwao Fujii, Miko Maekawa, Tomohiko Tsunoda, Noriko Kamada, Hiroka Hidaka, Yasuhiro Tojo, Kazuko Ikeda (2022) Assessing effectiveness of satoumi activities in Japanese coastal areas from ecological and socioeconomic perspectives. Ocean & Coastal Management, 230, doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2022.106354 
2021 M. Maekawa and I. Fujii (2021) Toward Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction: Analysis and Prospects for Negotiation Process at the United Nations with a Focus on Capacity Building and the Transfer of Marine Technology. J. of Japan Society of Ocean Policy, No. 11, pp. 55-69 (in Japanese with English abstract).
2021 Jack Stuart, Sally Yozell, Miko Maekawa & Nagisa Yoshioka ”The Climate and Ocean Risk Vulnerability Index: Measuring Coastal City Resilience to Inform Action”, New Security Beat (January 26, 2021).
2020 Fujii,I. and Maekawa, M. "Towards strengthening management of hegh seas biological diversity" In A Better World Volume 6, pp10-13 (Digital Book).
2019 Maekawa, M., Singh, P., Charan, D., Yoshioka, N., & Uakeia, T., Livelihood Re-Establishment of Emigrants from Kiribati in Fiji. Journal of Disaster Research, 14(9), 2019, pp.1277-1286.
2019 O’Connor, S., Bruch, C., & Maekawa, M, Legal and Practical Measures for Environmental Migrants. Journal of Disaster Research, 14(9), 2019, pp.1254-1261.
2018 Mai Fujii, Miko Maekawa, Eka Higuchi, Comparative Analysis on International Trends and Implementations of Three Major Countries towards the Sustainable Development Goal 14: Japan, France and U.S.A., Journal of Japan Society of Ocean Policy, No.8, Special Issue for the 10th Anniversary of the Japan Society of Ocean Policy, November 2018, pp.49-70.
2018 Miko Maekawa, Hiroshi Terashima, Eka Higuchi, Chapter 9: Sustainable ocean management and the role of the Japan Coast Guard, Routledge Handbook of Japanese Foreign Policy, Edited by Mary M. McCarthy, 2018, New York, Routledge
2015 Miko Maekawa, Chapter: Resettlement Policy in Lao PDR, Resettlement Policy in Large Development Projects, Edited by Ryo Fujikura and Mikiyasu Nakayama, 2015, New York, Routledge
2014 Miko Maekawa and Atsuko Kamioka, Can Timor-Leste Escape the Resource Curse? Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management, Vol. 5, No. 4, January 2014, pp.387-396.
2013 Miko Maekawa, Annette Lanjouw, Eugène Rutagarama and Douglas Sharp, Mountain gorilla tourism generating wealth and peace in post-conflict Rwanda, Natural Resources Forum, United Nations Sustainable Development Journal, 37, 2013, pp.127–137.
2013 Bounsouk Souksavath and Miko Maekawa, The Livelihood Reconstruction of Re-settlers from the Nam Ngum 1 Hydropower Project in Laos, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol. 29, No.1, March 2013, pp.59-70.
2012 Mikiyasu Nakayama and Miko Maekawa, Economic Benefits and Security Implications of Trading Hydropower through Transboundary Power Grids in Asia International Journal of Water Resources Development, iFirst article, 2012, pp.1-13.
2022 Climate Security: Global Warming and a Free and Open Indo-Pacific
Climate Security (PDF Book)(2.2MB)
2020 Deepening the Ocean - in the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework(2.2MB)




Academic/Professional Background
Academic Society etc.
  • The Japan Society of Ocean Policy
  • The Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies (SEEPS)
  • The Japan Society of Evaluation
  • A member of Subcommittee on Ocean Development, Council for Science and Technology, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Professional Background
  • 2014 Joined the Sasakawa Peace Foundation
  • 2013 Lecturer, the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Osaka University
  • 2012 Assistant Professor with the "Wisdom of Water" (Suntory) Corporate Sponsored Research Program, University of Tokyo
  • 2000-2007 Joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Academic Background
  • Ph.D. in international studies from the University of Tokyo (2011)
  • M.Sc. in environment and development from the University of East Anglia (2000)
  • BD Sophia University


Japanese, English, Mandarin

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