Kei Otsuki | Land Portal


Kei Otsuki is an Associate Professor in International Development Studies at Utrecht University. She holds a PhD in Development Sociology from Wageningen University and MSc and BA degrees from the University of Tokyo. Prior to Utrecht University, she worked at United Nations University as a Research Associate in the field of international cooperation and development. Her research interests center on social equity and justice for sustainable development, expecially on often contested relationships between the global quest for sustainability transtiions and local development and well-being. She has conducted field research on the relationship between forest conservation and spontatnous human settlements in the Brazilian Amazon, and between nature conservation and displacement and resettlement in Mozambique. She also has a wide range of research experience on climate change adaptation, gender, and human mobility in Ghana and inclusive urban development in Kanya, Tanzania and Mozambique. Currently, she works on 'green' mineral and natural gas extraction and displacement and resettlement in northern Mozambique, and her latest international research project is on impacts of the building of new 'Forest City' as the capital city of Indonesia. She is also a core team member of the new Open City Network and a fellow at the Centre for Global Challenges (UGlobe). 



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