Yuta Masuda is a Policy Scientist in the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Nature Conservancy. His work at the Conservancy investigates the impacts of conservation programs on human well-being, and he has a particular interest in gender, development, institutions, and human health. Yuta’s current work looks at integrating human well-being considerations into conservation programs to better understand their risks and benefits to people. In addition, he is working on research on sustainable development, gender and conservation, technology-assisted data collection, and developing new indicators for human well-being.
Before joining the Conservancy in 2013, Yuta was a graduate student at the University of Washington where he did research on water infrastructure, time use, and gender in Ethiopia. Prior to that, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia and also worked at RTI International as a Health Economics Research Assistant. Yuta has experience working on projects with a range of stakeholders in Africa, Asia, and Central Europe. He has published in a number of economic and policy journals.
He holds a B.B.A. in Economics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the University of Washington.