SERSD student 2022-2024


Profile summary

  • Marine ecosystem
  • Marine Protected Areas (MPA)
  • Seafood industry
  • Human-nature relationships
  • Relational Values
  • Local people involvement
  • Case studies

Shun Kageyama is a MSc student at the Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development programme

Before coming to SRC, Kageyama achieved a bachelor's degree in Agriculture in Environmental Resources Sciences from the University of Tokyo. The title of his bachelor thesis was “Human–nature connectedness positively correlates with the perceived value of nature regardless of the urbanization levels”.

Kageyama conducted a quantitative place-based case study using relational values and the human-nature connectedness concept. He focused on the influence of rapid urbanization on a social-ecological system in a Japanese city. He attended two national/international conferences regarding his research.

Kageyama has worked for SeaBOS since May 2023 as a research assistant. He has conducted a sustainability reporting analysis about the initiative’s implications on both the member companies and the whole Japanese industry.

Kageyama is interested in exploring local people’s values and motivations toward marine protected areas management. He believes that understanding local people’s genuine intentions will navigate an inclusive and just MPA expansion and management.

Awards and achievements

Academic awards and achievements:

  • Research assistant for the SeaBOS project, May 2023 ~ present
  • Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) Scholarship recipient, as a Japanese government-financed foreign student
  • The Dean Awards for Academic Excellence issued by the Dean Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Tokyo, March 2022
  • Teaching experience as Teaching Assistant: “Practice in Landscape Ecology”, the University of Tokyo, September 2021 ~ January 2022

International and national conferences:

  • Germany – Dresden NEXUS Conference ‘S4: Relational Values and Planning of Urban Nature and Biodiversity, May 2022
  • Japan – The 69th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of Japan, March 2022

UN-related events:


Robert Blasiak, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Abigayil Blandon, Stockholm Resilience Centre

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