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Takashi Oda, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Human Geography, The University of Tokyo
Visiting Associate Professor, Miyagi University of Education, Sendai
Visiting Researcher, National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience
Dr. Takashi Oda is an Associate Professor of Geography at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo. His research focuses on disaster risk reduction, education, and disaster recovery from the perspective of geography. His current research focuses on spatial understanding of disasters, and recovery and education for disaster risk reduction.
The March 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters affected many areas of Dr. Oda’s study and family roots. Since then, he has been actively engaged in the academic and civic communities’ efforts to examine the impacts of the disasters, and to assist in recovery and rebuilding in the region.
Prior to his current position, Dr. Oda worked as an Associate Professor at Miyagi University of Education (MUE) in Sendai, Japan (2013-2022). During his tenure there, he led a project to establish the 311 Disaster Risk Reduction Learning Institute for Educators (311 DRR-Life) as MUE’s campus-wide hub. He served two terms as Deputy Director-General of 311 DRR-Life(2019-2022), where he developed DRR educational and development programs for pre-service and in-service teachers.
Dr. Oda has committed to global capacity development programs such as Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) DRR training, and at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand. He has also been visiting faculty in AIT’s Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM) program from December 2012 to February 2013, and a Visiting Associate Professor at AIT in 2015-2017.
His teaching and academic career started as an Assistant Professor at the Center for Simulation Sciences in Ochanomizu University, Tokyo (2012-2013), following experience as a postdoctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) hosted at the Geography Department, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo (2010-2012). In 2008-2009, Dr. Oda was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct his doctoral field research at the University of California, Berkeley, in the United States.
Earlier, Dr. Oda served on Japan’s foreign mission as community affairs advisor to the Consul-General of Japan in San Francisco, California, USA (2005-2008). A native of Fukushima Prefecture, Dr. Oda studied at Miyagi University of Education, Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan and Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA and holds a Ph.D. in environmental studies and an M.Sc. in earth science from Tohoku University.