沖村 理史
OKIMURA, Tadashi
International Relations, International Institution Studies, United Nations Studies



1. 東京大学 教養学部 教養学科第三 国際関係論分科 1993/03 卒業

2. 一橋大学大学院 法学研究科 公法・国際関係専攻 博士前期 1995/03 修了

3. メリーランド大学大学院 政治学研究科 修士 2003/05 修了

4. 一橋大学大学院 法学研究科 公法・国際関係専攻 博士後期 2006/03 満期退学


1. 島根県立大学 総合政策学部 准教授 2007/04/01-2010/03/31

2. 島根県立大学 総合政策学部 教授 2010/04/01-2019/03/31

3. ベルリン自由大学 環境政策研究所 客員研究員 2015/7-2016/3

4. 広島市立大学 広島平和研究所 教授 2019/04/01-現在

Academic background

1. The University of Tokyo, The Social Studies Division, Department of Liberal Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences, 1993/03, Graduated

2. Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Law, Master’s Program, 1995/03, Completed

3. The University of Maryland, Graduate School, Department of Government and Politics, Master course, 2003/03, Completed

4. Hitotsubashi University, Graduate School of Law, Doctoral Programe, 2006/03, Withdrawn after completion of required course credits


1. Associate Professor, The University of Shimane, Faculty of Policy Studies, 2007/04/01-2010/03/31

2. Professor, The University of Shimane, Faculty of Policy Studies, 2010/04/01-2019/03/31

3. Visiting Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin, Environmental Policy Research Centre, 2015/7-2016/3

4. Professor, Hiroshima City University, Hiroshima Peace Institute, 2019/04/01-present

研究テーマResearch Theme


My main research theme is international regime processes on global environmental issues. When I attended the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, I felt strongly that I needed to join the field of international policy making to understand arguments by various stakeholders. I have been participating in the Conference of the Parties to United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 1995. Additionally, I have been conducting participatory fieldwork by attending various international conferences to understand how does international society react to global and international environmental issues. In the course of my field work, I found the necessity and importance of participation not only from governments but also from various stakeholders to formulize and practice international action to tackle global issues such as environmental issues. From that experience, I realized the importance of global governance research. I want to expand my research to global issues such as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which overlap international development, global environment and human security. Through the research, I work to address issues to facilitate having a peaceful life in this world.

大学生の皆さんへMessage to Students




To express a department at a university in Japan, undergraduate education uses the letter “学(study),” while graduate education uses the letter “研究(research).” Thus, my understanding is that universities ask undergraduate students to “study,” but ask graduate students to "research." It is clear that “research” requires more independent work.

I have studied international relations and chose global environmental issues as a research topic when I entered graduate school. At that time, very few students chose environmental issues as a research topic. In addition to that, scant literature covered global environmental issues from an international relations perspective. Thus, I had to study other disciplines covering environmental issues, and it helped me to develop an interdisciplinary mind. This experience taught me three things; to set research topics independently, to specify research questions, and to find appropriate answers to the research questions. 

Graduate students are asked to set research topics based on your interests, as a first step. Motives to carry out your research are in yourself. You are the only person who can decide your research topic based on your intellectual curiosity. The second step is to learn methodology and to study background knowledge about your research topic from the existing literature. Based on your endeavor on the second step by yourself, I expect students to show his/her arguments through dialogue at lectures and seminars. Through the discussion, you may gradually find how to clarify your research questions and to find appropriate answers. My expectation to students is: “do not give up thinking by yourself.” 

I am looking forward to having a discussion based on your "original" idea.