Maki Sato

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,


Maki Sato is a Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo East Asian Academy. She concurrently holds a position at the Humanities Center. She is interested in environmental philosophy that includes a new emerging set of skills and ideas that is not limited to AI, robotics, and digital currencies. However, her main interest has been on climate change issues, especially environmental and energy policies seen from a philosophical perspective. She has worked in the field of policy analysis with a special emphasis on environmental and energy policies in Japan and East Asian countries. Her experience as a consultant for the Green Growth project at the UNESCAP in Bangkok encouraged her to dedicate her doctoral research to environmental philosophy, where she focused on the implications of ideas derived from environmental philosophy for innovative and effective global environmental policies. Between 2015 and 2016, she was a Yale Fox International Fellow. At THE NEW INSTITUTE, she will participate in the programme "The Foundations of Value and Values".

Selected Publications

  • “Habit, Ontology, and Embodied Cognition Without Borders: James, Merleau-Ponty, and Nishida”, in Pragmatist Approaches from Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science, co-authored with Jonathan McKinney and Tony Chemero. Edited by Fausto Caruana and Italo Testa. Cambridge University Press, 2020, pp.184-203.
  • “Minakata Kumagusu – An Ethical Implication Addressing Problems Embedded in the Modern Science", in Tetsugaku Companion to Japanese Ethics and Technology, Tetsugaku Companion to Japanese Philosophy book series Vol.1. Edited by Thomas Taro Lennerfors and Kiyoshi Murata. Springer, 2019, pp.75-105.
  • "Japan Earthquake Project: Disseminating Lessons from Employment and Labour Measures for the Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake", ILO, 2013
  • "Development of a Low Carbon Green Growth Roadmap for East Asia", Chapter 4 "Greening of Business", UNESCAP, 2011
  • "Green New Deal Research Report - New Strategy on International Cooperation for Reducing Green House Gas Emission", Asia Pacific Institute, 2010


What gives you hope?

Goodwill, kindness, and compassion.

How does change happen?

Change happens subtly and silently on a daily basis without being noticed.

What inspires you?

Nature, Art, and Music. But above all, engaging relationships with "others," including relationships beyond living and non-living beings.


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