Fumiyo Kagawa

Jacaranda Blossom
Fumiyo Kagawa

Fumiyo Kagawa is Research Director of Sustainability Frontiers. She is responsible for the planning and implementation of research activities and plays a key role in the overall development and operation of Sustainability Frontiers.   Her expertise includes holistic and transformative theory and practice in disaster risk reduction (DRR), resilience building education, climate change education, sustainability education and peacebuilding education.  Fumiyo is a Japanese citizen.

Fumiyo holds a PhD in education (sustainability/resilience-building education) from the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. Fumiyo has coordinated, engaged in and led a wide range of international research and development initiatives focusing on diverse issues linked to the rights of the child around the world primarily in the field of education.  She has extensive experience in social and educational research and evaluation in different sociocultural contexts. She has also engaged in developing teaching and learning materials at primary and secondary levels and teacher/education sector stakeholder capacity building programs and materials. All employ learner-centered, participatory and action-oriented pedagogies and integrate gender responsive and inclusive perspectives.  Her ongoing  research interest is developing forward-looking theory and practice for resilience building education that considers the runaway nature of climate change and promotes actions towards social and environmental justice. 

Her consultancy work for Sustainability Frontiers includes the following co-consultancies with David Selby:  developing a six-day teacher education program and portfolio of classroom activities for a UNESCO Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development Program (2011); undertaking a mapping study of the integration of disaster risk reduction in school curricula globally for UNESCO and UNICEF (2011); developing a technical guidance tool for the integration of disaster risk reduction in school curricula for UNESCO and UNICEF (2012); undertaking safe school research in Cambodia, China and Indonesia for Plan International in Asia (2012); mapping out child-friendly schooling for peacebuilding for UNICEF New York Headquarters (2013); developing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation teaching and learning toolkit for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Authority (2014); conducting a Bangladesh national curriculum review through a lens of climate change and disaster risk reduction for Save the Children Bangladesh (2014, 2016);  researching and writing an Input Paper for the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 on behalf of Plan International Sweden; developing a lower-secondary curriculum together with training and resource materials on climate change, disaster risk reduction and associated environmental issues for the government of St. Vincent & the Grenadines (2019-20), among others. 

Fumiyo has also conducted a research consultancy on child-sensitive disaster risk reduction in decentralised and local governance contexts for UNICEF New York Headquarters (2016); she also documented UNICEF Bhutan’s Program ‘Grant for Youth-led Initiatives’ (2016); and conducted a UNICEF Pacific consultancy to support the implementation design of its school-based disaster risk reduction and resilience project for  Fiji, the Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu (2018-19).

She edited a book with David Selby, Education and Climate Change: Living and Learning in Interesting Times (Routledge, New York 2010), the first comprehensive academic study of the educational implications of climate change and a second book, Sustainability Frontiers: Transformative Voices from the Borderlands of Sustainability Education (Barbara Budrich, Leverkusen, 2014). Further books with David Selby on climate change education and sustainability education are on the drawing board.

Key publications with David Selby arising out of the Sustainability Frontiers consultancies described above include: Disaster Risk Reduction in School Curricula: Case Studies from Thirty Countries (UNESCO/Paris, UNICEF/Geneva, 2012); UNESCO Course for Secondary Teachers on Climate Change Education for Sustainable Development (UNESCO, 2013); Towards a Learning Culture of Safety and Resilience: Technical Guidance on Disaster Risk Reduction in School Curricula (UNESCO/Paris, UNICEF/New York, 2014); Child-friendly Schooling for Peacebuilding (UNICEF/New York, 2014); Disaster Risk Reduction Education Toolkit (CDEMA, 2014); Disaster Risk Reduction in the School Curriculum, the Present and Potential Role of Development Agencies and the Implications for the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015 Successor(UNISDR, 2015); A Comparative Review of the Pillowcase Project (Global Disaster Preparedness Centre, 2016); Working Together for Resilience: Linkages between School-Based Disaster Risk Management and Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (HOPE’87, 2018).

She has spoken at international conferences and gatherings such as  the International Conference on Transforming Pedagogies (Aga Khan University, Karachi, 2010); the International Disaster and Risk Conference (Davos, 2012), the World Innovation Summit for Education (Doha, 2012) and has facilitated participatory workshops for education policy makers and practitioners.

Earlier, as Graduate Coordinator and Consultant for the UNICEF CARK (Central Asian Republics and Kazakhstan) Global Education Project for national educational reform in the five Central Asian countries (2002-05), she coordinated a team of twenty-four Canadian and British consultants, liaising regularly with UNICEF country and area offices, while undertaking consultancy herself in four of the five countries in the region.  As Coordinator of Research at the Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Plymouth, United Kingdom  (2005-10), she coordinated and conducted a number of curriculum and pedagogical research projects as well as institutional change research initiatives on sustainability education in higher education. 

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Contact Fumiyo : fkagawa@sustainabilityfrontiers.org

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