Dr Norio Okada

Senior Fellow
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IASS Projects

  • Disaster risk governance for sustainable societies-challenges for cities and communities to change to more disaster-resilient areas
  • Governance
  • Systemic risk 

Research interests

  • Integrated disaster risk management
  • Risk governance of cities and communities
  • Community management and participatory process *
  • Systemic risk of cascading disasters
  • Conflict management of disaster-area revitalization 

Short biography

  • Norio Okada was Director of Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University for the period 2009-2011, and now Prof. Emeritus of Kyoto University. He is also adviser to a disaster governance research institute named “IDiARRG, Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan. He retired as Director of this institute in 2006.
  • He studied infrastructure planning, water resources management and systems methodology at Kyoto University, and received. B. Eng, M. Eng and   Dr.Eng  all from Kyoto University in 1970, 1972 and 1977. He worked at IIASA  as research scholar from 1978 to 1980.  He carried out conflict analysis  of water resource development and published research on cost allocation methods by use of cooperative game theory.  Since then conflict analysis and game theory have been one of his major research interests, particularly related to urban planning, environmental management, and  water resources development.
  • Since 1977 he worked at Tottori University, first as associate professor, and then full professor. He started field works in mountainous communities of Chizu, Tottori prefecture. Since then he has long been engaged in scientific support for citizen-led participatory community management especially  in rural areas of Japan.
  • From 1991 to 2012 he worked at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) and took research initiatives to explore a new cross-disciplinary research area called Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) . Since 2001, he has been leading an extensive international research initiative to promote IDRiM  by organizing a series of international conferences and workshops in collaboration with IIASA, Austria. This research initiative has resulted in the formation of the new academic society called “The International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Society) of which he has become elected as the first President and reelected and was in office  till April, 2017.
  • Currently he takes an initiative to extend the scope of integrated disaster risk management, particularly by taking into account governance, systemic risks,  sustainable management and climate change . 

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2017-     Senior Fellow of IASS
  • 2009-2017  President of IDRiM Soicety
  • 2016-     Adviser, IDiARRG, Kwansei Gakuin University
  • 2013-2016 Director of DiARRG,  and professor of Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University
  • 2012-2013 Director of IRESC and professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology,  Kumamoto University
  • 1993-2012 Professor of Kyoto University, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI)
  • 2009-2011 Director of DPRI, Kyoto University
  • 1988-1993 Professor of Tottori University, Dept. of Social Systems Engineering
  • 1978-1980  Research Scholar, IIASA, Laxemburg, Austria

Selected Publications prior to joining the IASS

  • Samaddar S., M. Murase, N. Okada :    Information for Disaster Preparedness: A Social Network Approach to Rainwater    Harvesting Technology DisseminationInternational Journal of Disaster Risk Science, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 95–109 2014
  • Okada, N.,  Jong-Il Na, Liping Fang  :  The Yonmenkaigi System Method: An Implementation-Oriented Group Decision Support Approach”  Journal of Decision and Negotiation,  22, pp. 45-52 2013
  • Okada, N., Liping Fang, D.Marc Kilgour:   Community-based Decision Making in Japan,  Journal of Decision and Negotiation, 22, pp. 57-69, 2013
  • Paton, D., Sagala, S., Okada, N, Jang, L., Burgelt, P.T., and Gregg, C.E: Making Sense of Natural Hazard Mitigation: Personal, Social and Cultural Influences, Environmental Hazards, Vol. 9 (2), pp. 183-196, 2010
  • Sensarma, S.S. and Okada, N. : Redefining the Game in Local Water Management Conflict: A Case Study, Water Resources Management, Vol. 24 (15), pp.4307-4316, 2010
  • Sagala, S., Okada, N. and Paton, D. :Predictors of Intention to Prepare for Volcanic Risks in Mt. Merapi, Indonesia, Journal of Pacific Rim Psychology, Vol.3 (2), pp47-54, 2009
  • Cruz, A.N. and Okada, N.: Consideration of Natural Hazards in the Design and Risk Management of Industrial Facilities, Natural Hazards, Vol.44 (2), pp.213-227, 2008
  • Bajek, R., Matsuda, Y. and Okada, N. : Japan's Jishu-Bosai-soshiki Community Activities: Analysis of its Role in Participatory Community Disaster Risk Management, Natural Hazards, Vol.44 (2), Springer, February pp.281-292, 2008
  • Cruz, A.N. and Okada, N. : Methodology for Preliminary Assessment of Natech Risk in Urban Areas, Natural Hazards, Vol.46 (2), pp.199-220, 2008
  • Aniello Amendola, A., Linnerooth-Bayer, J., Okada, N., and Shi, P. : Towards Integrated Disaster Risk Management: Case Studies and Trends from Asia, Natural Hazards, Vol.44 (2), pp.163-168, 2008
  • Gopalakrishnan C. , Okada N.:Designing new institutions for implementing integrated disaster risk management: key elements and future directions, Disasters. Dec;31(4):353-72., 2007
  • Okada, N. , Hipel K. and Oka. Y.: Hypergame Analysis of the Lake Biwa Conflict. Vol 21(7) pp 917-926, 1985
  • Young, P., Okada, N. and Hashimoto H.: Cost allocation in water resources development, Water Resources Research,  Vol. 18 (3), pp 463-475, 1982

Selected lectures and speeches

  • 6th July, 2017 “Extending the Scope of Integrated Disaster Management, Governance, Sustainability and interconnected World: A scientific Challenge,”  Invited keynote speech, l’Assemblée Générale,  AFPCN, Paris
  • 31st May, 2017 “The Age of Mega Disaster and Risk Governance - Thinking Creative for Road and Other Infrastructures,” Invited  keynote speech, International  Workshop on  Disaster  Management for Roads, Tokyo, Japan
  • 13-14th May, 2017 “Adaptive Design for Smart Governance under Mega Disaster Risks: Collaborative Survival Efforts,” International Symposium on Integrated Governance of Large-scale Disaster and Economic Risks, Shenzhen, China
  • 2016 “Creating a Milestone in IDRiM Initiative : How Can We Go Further to Substantiate Implementation Science ,“ IDRiM Conference,  Istafan, Iran
  • 2016  “ A Policy Research Challenge towards Governance of Global Critical Infrastructure Systems under Extra-Extra-Ordinary Disaster Risks: Vitae Systems of Systems of Survivability”, WECC Conference, Kyoto
  • 2012:  “Coping with disasters”,  TD Walter Bean visiting professorship award speech, University of Waterloo

Honors and Awards

  • Meritorious Award of Japan Society for Civil Engineers (2017)
  • Distinguished research award from IDRiM Society (2013)
  • TD Walter Bean visiting professorship award in Environment from the University of Waterloo, Canada (2012).
  • Research Award from the Society for Risk Analysis – Japan Section (2006).
  • Dr. Eng. Honorius Causa received from the University of Waterloo, Canada (1995)
  • The Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) Research Award (1995)