SATO Jin, Professor

Biography & Reseach Topics


Jin Sato is a Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia, the University of Tokyo. He has a joint affiliation with Princeton University (as a Visiting Professor of Woodrow Wilson School in Spring 2015, and a Visiting Associate Professor of East Asian Studies Department in Spring 2014). He was previously affiliated with the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale (1998-99). His recent publications include an edited volume, Governance of Natural Resources: Uncovering the Social Purpose of Materials in Nature (United Nations University Press, 2013) and a co-edited book, The Rise of Asian Donors: Japan’s Impact on the Evolution of Emerging Donors (Routledge, 2012). In addition to the two single authored books in Japanese, he has numerous publications in international peer reviewed journals such as Comparative Studies in Society and History, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Development and Change, and Sustainability Science on foreign aid and natural resource politics in Asia. He won the Japan Academy Medal in the field of humanities and social sciences for the year 2013.

A snap shot from the award ceremony of the Japan Academy in February 9, 2014

Selected Publication


  • Sato, Jin. Resource Thinking of the 'Have-Nots' Sustainability of Land and Alternative Vision in Japan: University of Tokyo Press, 2011. [Link]
  • Sato, Jin. Politics of Scarce Resources: Conservation and Development in Rural Thailand: University of Tokyo Press, 2002. (in Japanese) [Link]
  • Edited Books

  • Sato, Jin, ed. Governance of Natural Resources: Uncovering the Social Purpose of Materials in Nature: United Nations University Press, 2013.7. (in english)
  • Sato, Jin and Yasutami Shimomura, eds. The Rise of Asian Donors: Japan's Impact on the Evolution of Emerging Donors: Routledge-GRIPS Development Forum Studies, 2012. [Link]
  • Sato, Jin, ed. Transboundary Resources and Environment in Mainland Southeast Asia: Shokado, 2010.
  • Articles and Book Chapters

  • Sato,Jin, Hiroaki Shiga, Takaaki Kobayashi, Hisahiro Kondoh. "'Emerging Donors' from a Recipient Perspective: Institutional Analysis of Foreign Aid in Cambodia."World Development Vol.39, no. 12 2011.: 2091-2104. [Link]
  • Sato, Jin. "Informational Basis of Policy Judgments: The Case of Royal Forest Department in Thailand." People and Forest: Policy and Local Reality in Southeast Asia, the Russian Far East, and Japan. Edited by Makoto Inoue and Hiroshi Isozaki: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2003.: 169-185.
  • Sato, Jin. "People in Between: Conversion and Conservation of Forest Lands in Thailand."Development and Change 31, no. 1 2000.: 155-177.