HARA Keishiro

HARA Keishiro

HARA Keishiro

Consulting Fellow

Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

Activities at RIETI


Future Design, Technology Policy and Innovation, Environmental and Energy Policy, Sustainability Science


2004 Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, The University of Tokyo
2001 Master in Environmental Studies, The University of Tokyo
1999 Bachelor of Engineering, The University of Tokyo


October 2019: Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
April 2018: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
October 2016: Senior Officer for Technology Policy and Strategies, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
April 2016: Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
April 2011: Associate Professor, Center for Environmental Innovation Design for Sustainability
April 2009: Associate Professor, Research Institute for Sustainability Science, Osaka University
August 2006: Assistant Professor, Research Institute for Sustainability Science, Osaka University
April 2004: Researcher, Institute of Global Environmental Strategies

Selected Publications and Papers

  • Hara K, Kuroda M and Nomaguchi Y (2023) How does Research and Development (R&D) Strategy Shift by Adopting Imaginary Future Generations? - Insights from Future Design Practice in a Water Engineering Company, Futures, 152, 103221
  • Hara K, Miura I, Suzuki M and Tanaka T (2023) Designing Research Strategy and Technology Innovation for Sustainability by Adopting “Imaginary Future Generations”—a Case Study using Metallurgy, Futures and Foresight Science, e163
  • Hara K, Naya M, Kitakaji Y, Kuroda M and Nomaguchi Y (2023) Changes in Perception and the Effects of Personal Attributes in Decision-making as Imaginary Future Generations – Evidence from Participatory Environmental Planning, Sustainability Science, 18, 2453–2467
  • Nomaguchi Y, Senoo R, Fukutomi S, Hara K and Fujita K (2023) Utilization method and effect evaluation of systems thinking in Future Design: Comparative analysis of policy-making workshops in local governments, International Journal of Automation Technology, 17(2),183-193
  • Hiromitsu T, Kitakaji Y, Hara K and Saijo T (2021) What do people say when they become “future people”? ―Positioning Imaginary Future Generations (IFGs) in general rules for good decision making, Sustainability, 13(12), 6631
  • Hara K, Kitakaji Y, Sugino H, Yoshioka R, Takeda H, Hizen Y and Saijo T (2021) Effects of Experiencing the Role of Imaginary Future Generations in Decision-Making - a Case Study of Participatory Deliberation in a Japanese Town, Sustainability Science, 16(3), 1001-1016
  • Kuroda M, Uwasu M, Bui X.T, Nguyen P.D, and Hara K (2021) Shifting the Perception of Water Environment Problems by Introducing “Imaginary Future Generations - Evidence from participatory workshop in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Futures, 126, 102671
  • Peter Hoffmann, Yutaka Nomaguchi, Keishiro Hara, Kana Sawai, Ingenuin Gasser, Myriam Albrecht, Benjamin Bechtel, Jana Fischereit, Kikuo Fujita, Philine Gaffron, Markus Quante, Jürgen Scheffran, K. Heinke Schlünzen, Malte von Szombathely (2020) Multi-Domain Design Structure Matrix approach applied to Urban System Modeling, Urban Science, 4(2), 28
  • Kobashi, T., Yoshida, T., Yamagata, Y., Naito K., Pfenninger, S., Say, K., Takeda, Y., Ahl, A., Yarime, M., Hara K(2020) "On the Potential of "Photovoltaics + Electric vehicles" for Deep Decarbonization of Kyoto's Power Systems: Techno-Economic-Social Considerations," Applied Energy, Vol. 275, 115419
  • Uwasu M, Kishita Y, Hara K and Nomaguchi Y (2020) Citizen-participatory Scenario Design Methodology with Future Design Approach: A Case Study of Visioning for Low-Carbon Society in Suita City, Japan, Sustainability, 12(11), 4746
  • Hara, K., Yoshioka, R., Kuroda, M., Kurimoto, S and Saijo, T (2019) Reconciling intergenerational conflicts with imaginary future generations - Evidence from a participatory deliberation practice in a municipality in Japan, Sustainability Science, 14(6), 1605-1619
  • Han, J., Liang, H., Hara, K and Uwasu, M (2018) "Quality of Life in China's Largest City: A 20-Year Subjective and Objective Composite Assessment," Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol 173 (1), pp. 135-142
  • Hara, K., Kuroda, K, Yabar, H., Kimura, M and Uwasu, M (2016) "Historical development of wastewater and sewage sludge treatment technologies in Japan - A patent data analysis over the past 50 years," Environmental Development, Vol.19, pp. 59-69
  • Kishita, Y., Ohishi, Y., Uwasu, M., Kuroda, M., Takeda, H and Hara, K (2016) "Evaluating the Life Cycle CO2 Emissions and Costs of Thermoelectric Generators for Passenger Automobiles - a Scenario Analysis," Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 126, pp. 607-619
  • Kumazawa, T., Hara, K., Endo, A., Taniguchi, M (2016) "Supporting Collaboration in Interdisciplinary Research of Water-Energy-Food Nexus by Means of Ontology Engineering," Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies (Accepted)
  • Hara, K., Kumazawa, T., Kimura, M and Tsuda, K (2016) "Participatory approach in vision setting: Emerging initiatives in local municipalities in Japan," Sustainability Science, Vol. 11 (3), pp. 493-503
  • Kishita, Y, Hara, K., Uwasu, M and Umeda, Y (2016) "Research Needs and Challenges Faced in Supporting Scenario Design in Sustainability Science: A Literature Review," Sustainability Science, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 331-347
  • Hara, K., Uwasu, M., Kishita Y and Takeda, H (2015) "Determinant factors of residential consumption and perception of energy conservation: Time-series analysis by large-scale questionnaire in Suita, Japan," Energy Policy, Vol.87, pp. 240-249
  • Uwasu M, Hara K, Yabar H (2014) "World Cement Production and Environmental Implications," Environmental Development, Vol. 10, pp. 36-47
  • Tsuda, K., Low, B.H., Takahashi, H., Hara, K., Uwasu, M and Umeda, Y (2014) "Potential Accounting of Regional Biomass Resource Circulations in Japan: A Prospective on Regional Rural-Urban Partnerships," Environmental Development, Vol. 9, pp. 24-42
  • Hara, K., Uwasu, M., Kurimoto, S., Yamanaka, S., Umeda, Y and Shimoda Y (2013) "Mapping Research Activities and Technologies for Sustainability and Environmental Studies - a Case Study at University Level," Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Vol.3 (1). pp. 42-48
  • Kumazawa, T., Kozaki, K., Matsui, T., Saito O., Ohta M., Hara, K., Uwasu, M., Kimura, M and Mizoguchi R (2014) "Initial Design Process of the Sustainability Science Ontology for Supporting Co-deliberation," Sustainability Science, Vol. 9 (2), pp. 173-192
  • Uwasu, M., Naito, T., Yabar, H and Hara, K (2013) "Assessment of Japanese Recycling Policies for Home Electric Appliance: Cost-effectiveness Analysis and Socioeconomic and Technological Implications," Environmental Development, Vol. 6, pp. 21-33
  • Yabar, H., Uwasu, M and Hara, K (2013) "Tracking environmental innovations and policy regulations in Japan: case studies on dioxin emissions and electric home appliances recycling," Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol.44, pp. 152-158
  • Hara, K., Uwasu, M., Kobayashi, H., Kurimoto, S., Yamanaka, S., Shimoda, Y and Umeda, Y (2012) "Enhancing Meso Level Research in Sustainability Science - Challenges and Research Needs," Sustainability, Vol. 4. pp.1833-1847
  • Yabar, H., Hara, K. and Uwasu M (2012) "Comparative Assessment of the co-evolution of environmental indicator systems in Japan and China," Resources, Conservations and Recycling, Vol.61, pp.43-51
  • Hara, K and Yabar, H. (2012) "Historical Evolution and Development of Waste Treatment and Recycling Systems: Analyses of Japan's Experiences," Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Vol. 2 (4), pp. 296-307
  • Hara, K., Yabar, H., Uwasu, M and Zhang, H (2011) "Energy Intensity Trends and Scenarios for China's Industrial Sectors - a Regional Case Study," Sustainability Science, Vo. 6 (2) pp.123-134
  • Zhang, H., Hara, K., Yabar, H., Yamaguchi Y., Uwasu, M and Morioka, T. (2009) "Comparative analysis of socio-economic and environmental performances for Chinese EIPs: case studies in Baotou, Suzhou and Shanghai, China," Sustainability Science, Vol.4 (2), pp. 263-279
  • Hara, K., Uwasu, M., Yabar, H and Zhang, H (2009) "Sustainability Assessment with Time-Series Scores - A Case Study of Chinese Provinces," Sustainability Science, Vol.4 (1) pp. 81-97
  • Hara, K., and Mino, T. (2008) "Evaluation of Sewage Sludge Recycling Options and Management System in Tokyo," Waste Management, Vol.28 (12), pp.2645-2652

Detailed information is available at:
Hara Laboratory (Future Design Lab), Osaka University

Hara Research Base for Future Design, TechnoArena, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University