SERSD student 2022-2024


Profile summary

  • Human-nature relationships
  • Relational Values
  • Nature’s Contribution to People
  • Indigenous People and Local Communities
  • Case studies

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

Before coming to the centre, 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 interacts with perceived values of nature regardless of 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 conference regarding his research.

As a Voices of Youth Japan Management Committee member, Kageyama cooperated with the UNICEF Tokyo Office and the Japan Committee for UNICEF to empower Japanese youths.

Kageyama is interested in exploring human-nature connectedness and perceived values of nature. He believes that understanding the opinions and knowledge of indigenous people and local communities is essential to achieve a sustainable and inclusive society.

Awards and achievements

Academic awards and achievements:

  • 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:

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