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Watanabe Takehiro

NameWatanabe Takehiro
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Liberal Arts, Department of Liberal Arts
Job titleAssociate Professor
DegreeBachelor of Arts(State University of New York at Albany), Master of Arts(The University of Chicago), Master of Philosophy(Columbia University), Doctor of Philosophy(Columbia University)
Research funding number50439337
J-Global ID201101075108321330


Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Economic Anthropology

Research Interests

rivers ,environmental studies ,Japan ,Anthropology

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Cultural anthropology and folklore / 
  • Humanities & social sciences / Sociology/history of science and technology / 


Sep 1997
May 2005
Columbia University Graduate School, Division of Humanities Anthropology


Nov 2017
Asian Wetland Symposium 2017, Best Poster Award,Corn and Cameras: Wildlife Management Issues in Restoring the Migration of Red-Crowned Cranes in Eastern Hokkaido, Japan
Takehiro Watanabe Takeshi Ito 
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Junior Japan Dissertation Fellowship, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
The Itoh Foundation Fellowship for Dissertation Research, Itoh Foundation, USA


Machotkaa, Ewa   Sugiura, Mikiko   Watanabe, Takehiro   
Global Environmental Studies   (17) 29-49   Mar 2022
Kyohei TAKIZAWA   Takehiro WATANABE   
Journal of The Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture   83(5) 661-666   Mar 2020   [Refereed]
Takeshi Ito   Takehiro Watanabe   
Wetland research   10 7-18   2020   [Refereed]
Takeshi Ito   Takehiro Watanabe   
Society & Natural Resources   32(4) 400-416   Jan 2019   [Refereed]
This article examines how a community of oyster farmers in Hokkaido, Japan recovered from the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami, which damaged their aquaculture in Lake Akkeshi. It focuses on how, over the years, nested governance structures faci...
Takehiro Watanabe   
POSITIONS-ASIA CRITIQUE   25(3) 565-593   Aug 2017   [Refereed]
In late 1980s Japan, loan sharks surfaced as heroes in graphic novels set in the world of predatory moneylending. A genre of manga about usury gained popularity as monthlies began to run serialized stories that parody class inequality through grat...


This paper documents the role that a civic organization, “Zenpuku Frog,” that has played in advocacy, planning, and implementation of the project “Our Dream Waterway”, a waterway landscape zone in Zenpukuji Park, Tokyo. In this urban river revital...
「あまみずコーディネータ養成講座2018」      Dec 2018   [Invited]
Takehiro Watanabe   
Monumenta Nipponica   71(1) 195-200   2016
Takeshi Ito   Takehiro Watanabe   
JRRN Newsletter   93    Mar 2015

Books and Other Publications

藤井, 克徳, 里, 圭, 佐野, 竜平, 渡辺, 剛弘, 渡辺, 暁里(Part:Joint translator)
汐文社   Jul 2020   (ISBN:9784811327266)
櫻井, 勇介, 文, 景楠, 佐藤, 亮司, 杉村, 美紀, 伊藤, 毅, 種田, 佳紀, 斉藤, 雅子, 佐藤, 和美, 島垣, 修, 瀬名波, 栄潤, Godfrey, Chad Lewis, Gally, Tom, 藤巻, 高光, 矢口, 祐人, 渡邉, 剛弘(Part:Contributor)
Sophia University Press上智大学出版,ぎょうせい (発売)   Mar 2020   (ISBN:9784324107324)
日本文化人類学会(Part:Contributor, 「祭り)
丸善   Jan 2009   (ISBN:9784621079973)
Apr 2007   
Teaching material for Anthropology semiinar "Gift Sacrifice Debt"


Takehiro Watanabe   Ewa Machotka   
Sophia Symposium “Rethinking Water in Japan’s Cities”   24 Oct 2021   [Invited]
Takehiro Watanabe   
The European Network in Universal and Global History (ENIUGH - Turku, Finland)   15 Jun 2021   [Invited]
上智大学ブランディング事業シンポジウム「自然との共生/言葉の力〜作家佐伯一麦さんを招いて〜』(上智大学)   25 Feb 2020   [Invited]

Professional Memberships

Society of Natural Resources
American Anthropological Association
Association of Asian Studies

Research Projects

Enclosing Salmon: Social-Ecological Resilience and Salmon Aquaculture in Japan
日本学術振興会: 科学研究費助成事業 基盤研究(C)
伊藤 毅 渡邉 剛弘 
Project Year: Apr 2020 - Mar 2023
A Socio-Ecological Approach to Restoring River Connectivity and Rewilding Salmon as Keystone Species in the Kushiro River Watershed, Eastern Hokkaido, Japan
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C)
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2021
River Culture: Local Knowledge and Sustainable Governance of Catchments as CommonsSophia University Special Grant for Academic Research on Optional Subjects
Project Year: 2015 - 2017
Reviving Rivers: Sustainable Governance through Local Knowledge
Sumitomo Zaidan Environmental Research Fund: 
Project Year: 2014 - 2015
“The Ethics of Moneylending: Cross-cultural Studies on Microfinance"
Sophia University: Sophia University Collaborative Research Funding
Project Year: 2009 - 2011

Social Activities

 2015 - Today
公益財団法人トヨタ財団 公益財団法人トヨタ財団広報誌「JOINT」 20 Apr 2022


Organized and participated in a teaching workshop in the Faculty of Liberal Arts.
research on personal debts in contemporary Japan
research on personal debts in contemporary Japan