Yumiko Yasuda

Post-doctoral Researcher

Dr. Yumiko Yasuda is a Postdoctoral researcher on water diplomacy. Her postdoctoral position was jointly established by The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the International Centre for Water Cooperation (under the auspices of UNESCO), a partnership of the Stockholm International Water Institute and the Uppsala University in Sweden. At the Hague Institute, Dr. Yasuda works with the Water Diplomacy project, being responsible for the research on identifying key determinants affecting transboundary water cooperation. She coordinates research inputs from six other partner institutions for the project and supervises junior researchers working in case study areas including the Jordan River Basin and the Brahmaputra River Basin.

Dr. Yasuda completed her PhD at the Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science (under the auspices of UNESCO) at the University of Dundee. Her PhD thesis was edited into a book titled ‘Rules, Norms and NGO Advocacy Strategies: Hydropower Development on the Mekong’ and was published in 2015 by Routledge & Taylor/Francis Group.

During her research Dr. Yasuda received Endeavour Fellowship Award from the Government of Australia, and was a visiting scholar at the Mekong Research Group at the University of Sydney. She was also a recipient of Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship.

Dr. Yasuda’s research is based on her experience as a water and environmental governance practitioner in Europe, Asia and the Pacific regions. She was based in Southeast Asia for seven years prior to her career as a researcher at the University of Dundee. While based in Laos PDR, she worked as a sustainable livelihoods coordinator for WWF Great Mekong Programme, supporting capacity building for better management of wetlands and poverty alleviation. While she worked for the Asia and the Pacific regional centre for the United Nations Development Programme, she was responsible for capacity building projects within Asia and the Pacific region funded by the Global Environmental Facility. Dr. Yasuda also worked as the community based ecotourism advisor for a Cambodian environmental NGO called Mlup Baitong, successfully establishing Chambok community ecotourism (http://chambok.org/), one of the pioneer of community based ecotourism in Cambodia. She was also an environmental specialist for a global telecommunication company Ericsson, based in Sweden and Japan.

Dr. Yasuda also graduated from Tufts University with Master of Arts in Environmental Policy, and Tsukuba University with Master of Science in Environmental Science. She was awarded with Naruse memorial award, given for academic excellence at the Japan Women’s University.

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