Vice-President, Kyoto University
Leader of JASTIP Project
Former Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

After graduating from the University of Tokyo and obtaining a doctoral degree in agriculture, Professor Yasuyuki KONO joined the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, in 1987 and expanded his research fields to natural resources management, rural livelihood studies, and human-nature relations in Southeast Asia. He has worked on research projects on rain-fed agriculture in Northeast Thailand; the agricultural development process of the Chao Phraya, Red, and Mekong deltas; mountain agriculture and forest conservation, including shifting cultivation in Laos and Vietnam; coastal ecosystems and fisheries in Thailand; rural livelihood transition in Cambodia; peatland management in Indonesia; and sustainable humanosphere studies. Through these projects, he has sought to highlight the complexities of the development process and identify the major drivers of change in rural societies. He has also sought to elucidate the livelihood rationality of rural communities with a view to promoting best practices of rationality-based natural resources management. Professor Kono is currently the Vice President of Kyoto University and Leader of JASTIP Project. Prior to these, he is former Director, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University.