Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

Staff Profile

AffiliationResearch Department
PositionSenior Researcher
Arrival day20130801
Leaving the office day 
Year of Birth1974
Higher DegreesDoctor of Engineering(Osaka University, 2017)
Master of Political Science(Waseda University, 2000)
Fields of SpecializationPublic Administration
Local Government Studies
Environment and Energy Policy
Citizen Participation Studies




K Baba, N Masuhara, M Kimura 2018,05 Scenario-based Approach to Local Water-energy-food Nexus Issues with Experts and Stakeholders. A Endo・T Oh (ed.) The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Human-Environmental Security in the Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire. Global Environmental Studies. Springer, pp.321-333.

M Kimura, N Masuhara, K. Baba 2018,05 Making Social Networks Visible: Shared Awareness Among Stakeholders on Groundwater Resources. A Endo・T Oh (ed.) The Water-Energy-Food Nexus: Human-Environmental Security in the Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire. Global Environmental Studies. Springer, pp.273-286.

Naoki Masuhara 2015,03 Institution and Implementation of Global Warming Countermeasure Ordinances. Mitsuru Tanaka (ed.) Institution and Implementation of Local Environmental Ordinances. Shinzan-sha Publishers, Tokyo, pp.19-32. (in Japanese)

Naoki Masuhara 2015,03 Regulation Policy in Air Pollution Area. Mitsuru Tanaka (ed.) Institution and Implementation of Local Environmental Ordinances. Shinzan-sha Publishers, Tokyo, pp.101-112. (in Japanese)

Naoki Masuhara 2014,07 Basic Mechanism of Power Generation and Transmission. Mitsuru Tanaka, Nobuo Shirai and Kenshi Baba (ed.) Introduction to renewable energy for daily life. Ienohikari Publishers, Tokyo, pp.46-53. (in Japanese)

Naoki Masuhara 2014,02 Driving Factors and Barriers of Low Carbon Policies and Policy Promotion Model. Mitsuru Tanaka (ed.) Practice of local low carbon and energy policy. Gyousei, Tokyo, pp.82-99. (in Japanese)

Naoki Masuhara 2013,12 Possibility of Trans-local Collaboration for Citizen Energy Actions. Takahiro Nakaguchi and Research Institute of Local Initiatives for Environmental Policies (ed.) State of Local Environmental Governments 2013-2014: from Local Environmental Governments towards Local Sustainable Governments. Seikatsu-sha, Tokyo, pp.43-50. (in Japanese)

Naoki Masuhara 2013,11 Chapter 2 Column “Resilience” a keyword for new age. Mitsuru Tanaka and Nobuo Shirai (ed.) Climate Change Adaptation Society. Gihodo Publishers, Tokyo, pp.51-52. (in Japanese)


【Original Articles】

Makoto Taniguchi, Naoki Masuhara, Shun Teramoto 2018,10 Tradeoffs in the water-energy- food nexus in the urbanizing Asia-Pacific region . Journal Water International 43(6):892-903. DOI:10.1080/02508060.2018.1516104 (reviewed).

Naoki Masuhara, Kenshi Baba, Akihiro Tokai 2016,11 Clarifying relationships between participatory approaches, issues, processes, and results, through crosscutting case analysis in Japan’s environmental, energy, and food policy areas. Environment Systems and Decisions online(first):1-17. DOI:10.1007/s10669-016-9613-6 (reviewed).

Baba, K., Takatsu, H., Kito, M., Kawai, Y., Noritake, T., Masuhara, N., Kimura, M. and Tanaka, M 2015,07 Examing Harmonious Coexistence of Geothermal Resource between Small Power Generation and Hot Spring Utilization by Stakeholder Analysis; A Case Study of Beppu. Journal of Society of Environmental Sciences Japan 28(4):316-329. (in Japanese) (reviewed).

Naoki Masuhara 2015,05 Local Governments as Demand side of Energy and Renewable Energy Issue. Toshi Mondai (City Issue) 106(5):64-73. (in Japanese)

Kimura, M., Baba, K. and Masuhara, N 2014,10 Analysis of the relevance of multiple social networks over the groundwater resources - A case study of groundwater resources of Obama city, Fukui prefecture. Proceedings of 42nd Annual Meeting of Environmental Systems Research 2014:323-328. (in Japanese)

Naoki Masuhara 2014,06 Trend and Issue of Local Energy Ordinances. Financial management of local government(720):129-138. (in Japanese) Serialization: New developments of local climate change measures (3)

Naoki Masuhara 2013,11 The forefront of renewable energy projects by local governments and citizen. Social Movement(404):25-31. (in Japanese)

【Review Articles】

Baba, K. and Masuhara, M. 2015,11 Report on the Special session “Trans-disciplinary Approach for Water-Energy-Food Nexus Issue: A Case Study in Obama City, Fukui Prefecture” at the annual meeting of Society of Environmental Sciences Japan 2015. Journal of Society of Environmental Sciences Japan 28(6):457-461. (in Japanese)

Baba, K. and Masuhara, M 2014,12 Report on the Special session “Conflicts among resources and environmental governance” at the annual meeting of Society of Environmental Sciences Japan 2014. Journal of Society of Environmental Sciences Japan 27(6):386-391. (in Japanese)

Research Presentations

【Oral Presentation】

Naoki Masuhara Changes of Local Resource Utilization after 1960: Japan's Medium-term Development Strategy and Its Impacts. International Workshop on Resource Nexus and Asia's Great Acceleration, 2019.03.10-2019.03.11, RIHN, Kyoto city, Kyoto Prefecture.

Naoki Masuhara Possibility for problem solving based on interests of local citizen: examples of Obama City and the Pajaro Valley, California. Annual Meeting of Society of Environmental Sciences Japan 2015, 2015.09.07-2015.09.08, Suita City, Osaka. (in Japanese)

Naoki Masuhara and Kenshi Baba Comprehensive Case Analysis on Participatory Approaches, from Nexus Perspectives. 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, 2014.12.15-2014.12.19, San Fransisco, CA, USA.

Naoki MASUHARA, Maximilian SPIEGELBERG and Makoto TANIGUCHI Human-Environmental Security in the Asia-Pacific Ring of Fire: Approaching the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. International Symposium on Earth Science and Technology 2014, 2014.12.04-2014.12.05, Fukuoka city, Fukuoka pref..

Baba, K. and Masuhara, N. Does Joint Fact-finding work for Water-energy-food Nexus Issues? A Role of Scientific Evidence in Policy Process. 2014 AGU Fall Meeting, December 2014-December 2014, San Francisco, CA. USA.

【Poster Presentation】

Naoki Masuhara, Sanghyun Lee and Makoto Taniguchi Decision-making Gaps regarding Food-Energy-Water Nexus? A Case Study of the Kyoto City in Japan. AGU 2018 Fall Meeting, 2018.12.10-2018.12.14, Washington, DC. DOI:10.1002/essoar.10500658.1

Naoki Masuhara Citizensʼ Consciousness and Interest: A Study on Groundwater Issues in Saijo City, Japan. World Social Science Forum 2018, 2018.09.25-2018.09.28, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Naoki Masuhara Current State and Future Possibility of Renewable Energy Projects that utilize Local Governmental Assets. 12th Poster Session of Environmental Information Science, 2015.12.01, Tokyo, Japan. (in Japanese)

Naoki Masuhara and Kenshi Baba Governance structure of local energy policy in Japan. International Conference "Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. Synergies and Tradeoffs: Governance and Tools at various Scales", 2014.05.19-2014.05.20, Bonn, Germany.

Naoki Masuhara, Michinori Kimura, and Kenshi Baba Comprehensive Case Analysis on Participatory Approaches Applied to Resolve Environmental Disputes in Local Community from Nexus Perspectives. Nexus 2014: Water, Food, Climate and Energy Conference, 2014.03.05-2014.03.08, Chapel Hill, North Carolina USA.

【Invited Lecture / Honorary Lecture / Panelist】

Naoki Masuhara (Panelist) Issues and possibilities for making Kyoto smart city from Water-Energy nexus perspective. Open Seminar on Kyoto Decarbonization through Smart City Development, 2019.05.13, RIHN, Kyoto City.

Naoki Masuhara (Invited Lecture) Relationships between geothermal power developments and conflicts in Japan after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake of 2011. Workshop on Energy and Environmental Research, 2019.03.25, University of Hawaii.

Naoki Masuhara (Panelist) Comment on Dr. Jan-Erik Lane’s presentation "The Twilight of Mankind: Global Warming cannot be managed through the COP21". 2017 Tokyo Conference, Japan Area Studies Association, 2017.06.03-2017.06.04, Koto-ku, Tokyo.