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Shinichiro Asayama, PhD

Shinichiro Asayama, PhD

Visiting Scholar at Department of Geography

JSPS Research Fellow at Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan


As an environmental social scientist, Shinichiro studies the roles of narratives and imaginaries in the societal debates around climate change. He is interested in understanding how people construct climate change as a narrative for social change (or non-change).


  • since 2017: JSPS Research Fellow, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Japan
  • 2014-2017: Research Associate, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan
  • 2012-2014: JSPS Research Fellow, Center for Northeast Asian Studies, Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2011: Research Assistant, Climate Change Group, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
  • 2009-2010: Business Correspondent, Jiji Press, Ltd., Japan


  • 2013: PhD, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2009: MA, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2007: Bsc, Department of Metallurgy, Materials Science and Materials Processing, School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan


His research focuses broadly on the politics of scientific knowledge and technological imaginaries in the science-policy interface of climate change. In particular, through interpretative social science analysis, he studies the role of discourses, framings and narratives in shaping the public debates around the IPCC, CCS and climate geoengineering.


Selected publications:

Journal articles


  • Asayama, S., Hulme, M. (2019). Engineering climate debt: Temperature overshoot and peak-shaving as risky subprime mortgage lending. Climate Policy.
  • Asayama, S., Sugiyama, M., Ishii, A., Kosugi, T. (2019). Beyond solutionist science for the Anthropocene: To navigate the contentious atmosphere of solar geoengineering. The Anthropocene Review.



  • Wibeck, V., Hansson, A., Anshelm, J., Asayama, S., Dilling, L., Feetham, P. M., Ishii, A., Sugiyama, M. (2017). Making sense of climate engineering: A focus group study of lay publics in four countries. Climatic Change, 145(1-2), 1–14.
  • Asayama, S., Ishii, A. (2017). Selling stories of techno-optimism? The role of narratives on discursive construction of carbon capture and storage in the Japanese media. Energy Research & Social Science, 31, 50-59.
  • Asayama, S., Sugiyama, M., Ishii, A. (2017). Ambivalent climate of opinions: Tensions and dilemmas in understanding geoengineering experimentation. Geoforum, 80, 82–92.
  • Sugiyama, M., Asayama, S., Ishii, A., Kosugi, T., Moore, J.C., Lin, J., Lefale, P.F., Burns, W., Fujiwara, M., Ghosh, A., Horton, J., Kurosawa, A., Parker, A., Thompson, M., Wong, P.-H., Xia, L. (2017). The Asia-Pacific's role in the emerging solar geoengineering debate. Climatic Change, 143(1), 1–12.
  • Sugiyama, M., Asayama, S., Kosugi, T., Ishii, A., Emori, S., Adachi, J., Akimoto, K., Fujiwara, M., Hasegawa, T., Hibi, Y., Hirata, K., Ishii, T., Kaburagi, T., Kita, Y., Kobayashi, S., Kurosawa, A., Kuwata, M., Masuda, K., Mitsui, M., Miyata, T., Mizutani, H., Nakayama, S., Oyamada, K., Sashida, T., Sekiguchi, M., Takahashi, K., Takamura, Y., Taki, J., Taniguchi, T., Tezuka, H., Ueno, T., Watanabe, S., Watanabe, R., Yamagishi, N., Yoshizawa, G. (2017). Transdisciplinary co-design of scientific research agendas: 40 research questions for socially relevant climate engineering research. Sustainability Science, 12(1), 31–44.


  • Asayama, S. (2015). Catastrophism toward "opening up" or "closing down"? Going beyond the apocalyptic future and geoengineering. Current Sociology, 63(1), 89–93.


  • Asayama, S., Ishii, A. (2014). Reconstruction of the boundary between climate science and politics: The IPCC in the Japanese mass media, 1988-2007. Public Understanding of Science, 23(2), 189–203.


  • Asayama, S., Ishii, A. (2013). Exploring media representation of carbon capture and storage: An analysis of Japanese newspaper coverage in 1990-2010. Energy Procedia, 37, 7403–7409.

Book chapters


  • Asayama, S., Lidberg, J., Cloteau, A., Comby, J.-B., Chubb, P. (2017). Who captures the voice of the climate? Policy networks and the political role of media in Australia, France and Japan. in R. Kunelius, E. Eide, M. Tegelberg, & D. Yagodin (Eds.), Media and Global Climate Knowledge: Journalism and the IPCC (pp. 171–192). New York: Palgrave Macmillan US.