Member Bio: Koichi Hasegawa

HASEGAWA Koichi is a professor in the Graduate School of Arts & Letters at Tohoku University, and a faculty member and a sub-leader of Tohoku University’s Global Center of Excellence (GCOE) program of The Center for the Study of Social Stratification and Inequality (CSSI). He was a president of the Japanese Association for Environmental Sociology and serves as a chair of the local organizing committee of the International Sociological Association’s World Congress of Sociology to be held in 2014 in Yokohama. He has written many articles on nuclear issues, civil society, social movements, social change and environmental sociology. His recent and major work is ”A Comparative Study of Social Movements for a Post-Nuclear Energy Era in Japan and the U.S.", in J. Broadbent and V. Brockman (eds.)., East Asian Social Movements: Power, Protest and Change in a Dynamic Region, New York: Springer, pp. 63-79, 2011. . He is an author of A Choice for Post-Nuclear Society (Shin-yo-sha, revised 2011), and Toward a Post-Nuclear Society (Iwanami Shoten, 2011), both written in Japanese. His book, Constructing Civil Society in Japan: Voices of Environmental Movements (Trans Pacific Press, 2004), was selected by the Nippon Foundation as one of the “100 Books for Understanding Contemporary Japan,” along with other well-known books such as by Robert Bellah's Tokugawa Religion. He received his Ph.D from the University of Tokyo in 2004. Away from work, Koichi is a father, an essayist, and a Haiku poet.