Teacher Introduction

Shinetsu Sugawara

Associate Professor Shinetsu Sugawara

Specialized fields / Subject
Idea of ANZEN
History of Technology and Society

Mail address: s_suga
Website: https://wps.itc.kansai-u.ac.jp/ssh-risk/

Expert’s Eyes

 While apparently social-science-minded, I have long belonged to some engineering- and technology-oriented institutions including in both academia and industry. When I was a Ph.D. candidate in the nuclear engineering field I witnessed the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which painfully reaffirmed my belief that social sciences can and should play a more crucial role in coping with risks at the interface of science, technology and society. My research interests lie mainly in incorporating social-scientific and humanities’ insights into risk assessment and management around nuclear safety, reflecting my heterogeneous educational background, nuclear engineering blended with social studies of science.

Remarkable File

・Risk governance research covering widely from relationship between quantitative risk assessment and management decisions, revisiting "how safe is safe enough?", to stakeholder involvement in nuclear-hosting communities, etc. ・Co-authored with K. Juraku "Post-Fukushima Controversy on SPEEDI System: Contested Imaginary of Real-time Simulation Technology for Emergency Radiation Prediction", in S.Amir (ed.) The Sociotechnical Constitution of Resilience: A New Perspective on Governing Risk and Disaster, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, etc. ・Participated as a working group member of the Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident (2011-2012). ・Served as a member in many committee activities of academic/professional societies including the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, La Société Franco-Japonaise des Techniques Industrielles, etc.

Brief Personal History

Mar. 2007:
Graduated from the Department of Urban Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Mar. 2009:
Completed the Master's Course in Nuclear Engineering and Management, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Mar. 2012:
Completed the Doctoral Course in Nuclear Engineering and Management, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Apr. 2012:
Researcher of the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry
Sep. 2019:
Associate professor of the Faculty of Societal Safety Sciences, Kansai University