KONO Yasuyuki

Position: Professor

MAIL: kono [at] cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Research Departments

Environmental Coexistence


Southeast Asian studies, Agricultural science

Research Interests

Sustainable humanosphere studies
Dynamics of agriculture and livelihood transition of rural Southeast Asia
Regional and Local societies and STI for SDGs

Sustainable humanosphere studies
The human society has rapidly developed during the last several decades under the conditions of moderate climate and cheap fossil and fresh water resources. However, the emerging critical issues including global climate changes, degrading natural resources and loss of biodiversity strongly suggest the necessity of societal transformation. This topic explores a new direction of development based on the development process of Southeast Asian societies.

Dynamics of agriculture and livelihood transition of rural Southeast Asia
Rural Southeast Asia is experiencing labor drain to urban areas and agricultural industrialization in terms of management and technology. These movements may lead the collapse of conventional subsistence-based peasant society. Simultaneously, rural community is expected to be the main player of natural resources conservation to cope with the deterioration of natural environment at the regional and global levels. This study focuses on these dynamics of agriculture and rural society of Southeast Asia.

Regional and Local societies and STI for SDGs
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the comprehensive aim of global society to achieve society of “leave no-one behind”, and science, technology and innovation is recognized as the main driving force. This topic explores the questions that what are the substantial impacts of setting up the common goals and sharing the tools to achieve them and that what institutions we have to develop to complement the common goals and tools at the global level based on the understanding of diversity of natural environment and historical process of local societies.

  • Shinsuke Tomita, Mario Ivan Lopez, and Yasuyuki Kono. 2018. The Role of Small-Scale Farming in Familial Care: Reducing Work Risks Stemming from the Market Economy in Northeast Thailand. International Journal of Social Quality. 8(1): 88–109.
  • Le Zhang; Yasuyuki Kono; Shigeo Kobayashi. 2013. The process of expansion in commercial banana cropping in tropical China: A case study at a Dai village, Mengla County, Agricultural Systems 124: 32-38.
  • Yokoyama, S., Hirota, I., Tanaka, S., Ochiai, Y., Nawata, E. and Kono, Y. 2014. A review of studies on swidden agriculture in Japan: Cropping system and disappearing process, Tropics 22(4): 131-155.
  • Le Zhang, Yasuyuki Kono, Shigeo Kobayashi, Huabin Hu, Rui Zhou and Yaochen Qin. 2015. The expansion of smallholder rubber farming in Xishuangbanna, China: A case study of two Dai villages, Land Use Policy 42: 628-634.
  • Dao Minh Truong, Yanagisawa, M. and Kono, Y. 2017. Forest Transition in Vietnam: A Case Study of Northern Mountain Region, Forest Policy and Economics 76: 72-80.
  • Nipaporn Ratchatapattanakul, Watanabe Kazuya, Okamoto Yuki and Kono Yasuyuki. 2017. Living under the state and storms: The history of blood cockle aquaculture in Bandon bay, Thailand, Southeast Asian Studies (SEAS) 6 (1): 3-30.
  • Le Zhang, Yasuyuki Kono, Xiaobo Hua, Lin Zheng, Rui Zhou. 2017. Understanding Farmers’ Adoption Decisions for New Cash Crops: Evidence from Xishuangbanna in Tropical China, Problemy Ekorozwojo – Problems of Sustainable Development 12 (2): 99-108.
  • Kono, Y. Promkhambut, A. and Rambo, T. eds. 2017. Rural Northeast Thailand in Transition: Recent Changes and Their Implications for the Long-term Transformation of the Region, Special Issue of Southeast Asian Studies 6 (2).

  • Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform
  • Proposal of research agenda toward sustainable development of agricultural and rural development of Southeast Asia
  • Rural Cambodia: Transforming connectivity and livelihood system
  • Transformation and resilience of war-affected societies of mainland Southeast Asia
  • Area information platform for sharing local wisdom