UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy

Prof Masaru Yarime

Prof Masaru Yarime

Honorary Reader


Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st May 2014


Universiteit Maastricht
PhD, Science and Technology Policy Studies | 2003
California Institute of Technology
MS, Chemical Engineering | 1995
University of Tokyo
BEng, Chemical Engineering | 1993


Masaru Yarime is currently Associate Professor at the Division of Public Policy in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He also has appointments as Honorary Reader at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) in University College London, Visiting Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy in the University of Tokyo, and Visiting Scholar at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Research Institute.

His research interests focus on public policy, corporate strategy, and institutional design for promoting science, technology, and innovation for sustainability. For the past years he has been engaged in research and educational activities from interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives, with an intention to understand the complex interface between engineering and social sciences and the dynamic interactions between technology and institutions in creating sustainability innovation. He is particularly interested in exploring the structure, functions, and evolution of knowledge systems involving various stakeholders in society.

His experience of cooperation and collaboration with key stakeholders in academia, industry, government, and civil society in Japan, Europe, and North America as well as in emerging countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America has been utilized in analyzing and implementing innovations addressing multifaceted, interdependent sustainability challenges.

He contributes to many international initiatives, including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Finance Initiative on Environmental Risk Integration in Sovereign Credit Analysis, Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Technical Working Group on GHG Risk Management, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III (Mitigation of Climate Change) Fifth Assessment Report, and the Expert Group to develop a guide on and a catalogue of policy support tools and methodologies of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Currently he is serving on the editorial board of international journals, including Sustainability Science, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, and Frontiers in Energy Research – Energy Systems and Policy.

He received B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Economics and Policy Studies of Technological Change from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. His previous positions include Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP) in the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Project Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Innovation Governance (STIG) at the Graduate School of Public Policy in the University of Tokyo, and Associate Professor at the School of Energy and Environment in the City University of Hong Kong. He was visiting professors at Groupe de Recherche en Économie Théorique et Appliquée (GREThA) of the University of Bordeaux IV in France and the Department of Science and Technology Studies of the University of Malaya in Malaysia.