Research Interests

  • Agricultural land policy
  • Environmental governance
  • Land use planning
  • Socio-ecological production landscapes
  • Urban planning


  • PhD in Urban Planning (Columbia University)
  • MA in Development Studies (Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands)
  • MEng in Urban Engineering (The University of Tokyo)
  • BEng in Civil Engineering (Waseda University)

Biographical Statement

Maiko Nishi joined UNU-IAS as a Research Fellow for the International Satoyama Initiative in May 2019. Her area of research interest includes social-ecological system governance, local and regional planning, and agricultural land policy. In particular, her interest lies in the notions of multi-level governance, land tenure and use, and perspectives and subjectivities of institutional actors in the processes of governing natural resources. She began her career as a consultant in urban planning in Japan, and experienced both overseas and domestic projects including those related to participatory planning, rural water supply, and regional development. She was also engaged in several research and assessment activities as a coordinator to follow up the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, including a multi-stakeholder assessment on the interaction between humans and ecosystems in Japan.