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 is a Junior 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 will be 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


​◆ Book Publication

Doctoral Dissertation

"Institutional Trinity for the Minamata Convention on Mercury"

* The dissertation won the Masaharu Matsushita Memorial Academic Award

(by Panasonic) and will be published by Yuhikaku.


Uji points out that informational and distributional problems are a hindrance to designing institutions for environmental treaties. Analyzing the negotiation process of the Minamata Convention, she shows that by solving these problems, participating 


For the entire abstract click here.

​◆ Journal Publication

"Institutional Diffusion for the Minamata Convention on Mercury"

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


Uji compares the negotiation process of the Minamata Convention with that of the Stockholm Convention. She argues that participating countries learned from the failures and successes of similar existing treaties to agree on the institutional design for the Minamata Convention.


For the entire abstract click here.

​◆ Work in Progress

"Climate Policy Diffusion: Interdependence through Economic or Normative Considerations?" (with shohei Doi and Motoshi Suzuki )

By drawing GHG emissions data during the pre-Paris Agreement period, Uji analyzes how “peer pressure” could work under the Paris Agreement. The analysis, which is based on policy diffusion literature, was conducted using statistical analysis with spatial models.

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"Cooperation among IOs for the Implementation of the Minamata Convention"

"To solve the climate problem, will you support a nuclear power plant in your neighborhood? A survey experiment in Japan" (with Aseem Prakash)

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

"Reciprocity and Japanese Support for Carbon Tax Policy"  (with Thomas Bernauer, Liam McGrath, and Jaehyun Song)

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

* Uji's research has been funded by Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Konosuke  Matsushita Memorial Foundation, and Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Environmental Foundation.


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