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Azusa Uji,PhD


"What hinders cooperation in a global political economy?"


"What are the most effective ways of utilizing international institutions to help govern a globalized world?"


Dr. Azusa Uji seeks to answer these questions, among others, with her research in International Political Economy and International Relations. With a substantive focus on environmental institutions, she aims to uncover how such institutions shape the environmental behaviors of countries and non-state actors. Her research has covered environmental treaties, international organizations, and domestic environmental policies on a range of issues, including mercury pollution and climate change.

Dr.Azusa Uji

She is Associate Professor (Political Science) of Graduate School of Law at Kyoto University. She received her PhD. from Graduate School of Law at Kyoto University in March 2018. She also studied in School of Government at Harvard University in 2015 as a visiting student and in Center for Comparative and International Studies at ETH Zurich in 2018.

In 2019, her dissertation won the Masaharu Matsushita Memorial Academic Award (by Panasonic) and was published by Yuhikaku.

Uji's full CV can be accessed   here.

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Environment Foundation has made a remark on the completion of my Ph.D degree in its news letter in June 2018 here

Our story

​◆ Book Publication

"Designing an International Environmental Treaty: The Minamata Convention on Mercury"

Uji's doctoral dissertation won the Masaharu Matsushita Memorial Academic Award (by Panasonic) and was published by Yuhikaku in 2019.

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​◆ Journal Articles and Book Chapter

"From Plastic to Peace: Overcoming Public Antipathy through Environmental Cooperation"  Journal of Peace Research, forthcoming. (with Sijeong Lim and Jaehyun Song)

"The Shadow of History in Inter-Organizational Cooperation for the Environment" The Journal of Environment & Development, forthcoming.

"Mercury Stories: Understanding Sustainability Through a Volatile Element (Book Review)"  

Global Environmental Politics, February 2022, 22 (1), 183-185

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"Public support for climate adaptation aid and migrants: a conjoint experiment in Japan"  

Enviromental Research Letters, November 2021, 16 (12). (with Aseem Prakash, Nives Dolsak, and Jaehyun Song)

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"Understanding Public Support for Domestic Contributions to Global Collective Goods -Results from a survey experiment on carbon taxation in Japan-"  

Climatic Change, 2021, 166 (3), 1-20. (with Liam F. Beiser-McGrath, Thomas Bernauer, and Jaehyun Song)

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"Does the "NIMBY syndrome" Undermine Public Support for Nuclear Power in Japan?" Energy Policy, 2021, 148, 111944. (with Aseem Prakash and Jaehyun Song)

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"Minamata Convention" chapter in

Essential Concepts of Global Environmental Governance (2nd Edition) Routledge, 2020, edited by Jean-Frédéric Morin and Amandine Orsini.     

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"Institutional Diffusion for the Minamata Convention on Mercury"

 International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics 2019 19(2): 169-185   

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​◆ Commentary

"Why Local Communities May Support Nuclear Energy" The Regulatory Review (Opinion), June 29, 2021 (with Aseem Prakash and Jaehyun Song)

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​◆ Work in Progress

"Comparing Public Support for Nuclear and Wind Energy in Washington State" (with Jaehyun Song, Nives Dolsak, and Aseem Prakash)

"Decarbonization and Supply Chains: Public Support for the Thacker Pass Lithium Mine"(with Jaehyun Song, Nives Dolsak, and Aseem Prakash)

"Public Support for Suspending Federal Gas Tax: A Survey Experiment" (with Jaehyun Song, Nives Dolsak, and Aseem Prakash)

"What motivates national regulations on plastic bags?" (with Jaehyun Song, Nives Dolsak, and Aseem Prakash)

"Overcoming Political Competition in Environmental Cooperation"

"Informational Tasks of International Financial Institutions"  (with Motoshi Suzuki and Akitaka Matsuo)

"Do Trade Agreements Reduce Distributive Conflict over Export Markets between Foreign Aid Donors?"  (with Motoshi Suzuki)



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