Sioen, Giles

JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow/Science Officer

  • Giles Sioen
    IR3S, The University of Tokyo

    Research Interests

    • Land use planning
    • Sustainability Science
    • Transdisciplinary science
    • Urbanization processes
    • Water, Population and Health


    • Ph.D. Sustainability Science, The University of Tokyo
    • M.A. Urban Design and Planning, Luca School Of Arts, KU Leuven (Ghent, Belgium)
    • B.A. Garden and Landscape Architecture, University College Ghent (Ghent, Belgium)

    Biographical Statement

    Giles Bruno Sioen joined the Water for Sustainable Development project at UNU-IAS as a JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2018, and works on transdisciplinary research approaches. He also serves as Science Officer at the Global Hub Japan for Future Earth, based in the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) at the University of Tokyo. He has a broad range of experiences in developing design concepts and academic publications in the fields of sustainability science, urban engineering, disaster preparedness, ecosystem services, and public health. 

    Prior to joining UNU-IAS, Dr. Sioen worked as a project researcher in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences (GSFS) at the University of Tokyo (Oct. 2017 – Aug. 2018) on applying sustainability science concepts using a systems approach in urban planning and public health. He has co-organized symposiums and taught classes on sustainability science, landscape planning, urban planning, smart cities, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and systems thinking. He also worked as a coordinator for the Global Teamwork Lab (GTL), facilitating collaboration between GSFS, the University of Tokyo, and the System Design & Management program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT-SDM). He has received professional training from international design companies (Turenscape, B2Ai Human centered architecture) and international organizations (UN-Habitat).