Position: Affiliated Professor

MAIL: sugihara [at]

Research Departments

Global Humanosphere


Economic History, Environmental History

Research Interests

Intra-Asian trade
history of global environmental sustainability

(1) An historical study of intra-Asian trade, with special reference to foreign and internal trade of colonial India

(2) A study of the long-term economic development of Asia, c.1500 to the present, and its relationship to global environmental sustainability

  • Japan, China and the Growth of the Asian International Economy, 1850-1949, ed., Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005.
  • Labour-intensive Industrialization in Global History, ed. with Gareth Austin, Routledge, London, 2013.
  • Kaoru Sugihara and Roy Bin Wong, “Industrious Revolutions in Early Modern World History”, in Jerry H. Bentley and Sanjay Subrahmanyam eds., Cambridge World History Vol. VI: The Construction of A Global World, 1400-1800 CE: Part 2 Patterns of Change, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp.283-309.
  • “Global Industrialization: A Multipolar Perspective”, in J.R. McNeill and Kenneth Pomeranz eds., Cambridge World History Vol. VII: Production, Connection and Destruction, 1750-Present: Part 1 Structures, Spaces and Boundary Making), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp.106-135.
  • “Asia in the Growth of World Trade: A Re-interpretation of the ‘Long Nineteenth Century'”, in Ulbe Bosma and Anthony Webster eds., Commodities, Ports and Asian Maritime Trade since 1750, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, pp.17-58.
  • “Japanese Economic History: Exploring Diversity in Development”, in Francesco Boldizzoni and Pat Hudson eds., Routledge Handbook of Global Economic History, London: Routledge, 2016, pp.310-28.
  • “Monsoon Asia, Intra-Regional Trade and Fossil-Fuel-Driven Industrialization”, in Gareth Austin ed., Economic Development and Environmental History in the Anthropocene: Perspectives on Asia and Africa, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, pp.119-144.