Noguchi, Fumiko

Research Fellow

  • Fumiko Noguchi
    5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku 150-8925, Tokyo

    Research Interests

    • Climate Change Adaptation & Social Resilience
    • Education for sustainable development
    • Indigenous knowledge
    • Transformative learning for sustainability
    • Tsunami Resilience
    • 伝統的知識


    • PhD in Education for Sustainable Development, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
    • Master of Environmental Education, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
    • Bachelor of International and Cultural Studies, Tsuda University, Tokyo, Japan

    Biographical Statement

    Fumiko Noguchi joined the Education for Sustainable Development Programme at the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) in April of 2019. Born in Tokyo, she received an undergraduate degree in international economics and finance from Tsuda University.  After her first career experience in banking in Japan, she moved to Australia to obtain a Master’s degree in Environmental Education at Griffith University.  Since then, she has lived and worked in Japan and Australia.  She completed her PhD in Education for Sustainable Development with a focus on local community development and indigenous people in Japan.

    In twenty-plus years of work experience before joining UNU-IAS, Dr. Noguchi gained extensive experience in practice, policy advocacy, research, teaching and module development in the area of adult and community education for sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.  She has worked for business, NGOs, the UN, research institutes and universities internationally.  During the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2004-2015), she acted as a programme coordinator for the Japan Council on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD-J).  She provided policy guidance to the Japanese Government and UNESCO, and at major international conferences on sustainability, such as the G8 summit, CBD/COP, and Rio+20.

    With her focus on indigenous/traditional/local communities and knowledge, she has conducted practice and research projects in close collaboration with diverse community groups, including Australian and Japanese indigenous peoples (Ainu people), mothers of infants and babies, and small-scale farmers.

  • Articles

    • F. Noguchi (2019). ESD for adults – The concept of Education for Sustainable Development in Adult Learning and Education. DVV International (ed) International Perspectives in Adult Education: Rethinking Adult Learning and Education – Asia Perspective. DVV International, Bonn, Germany.
    • F. Noguchi (2018). Critical Reflections on the UNDESD: From the Perspectives of Informal Education in a Community Development Context. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, Vol.11(2), 141-151.
    • Guevara, J., Harris, J., and Noguchi, F. (2017). Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Begins with Teachers: Learning from a Teacher Education Project in Southeast Asia? Eingana Vol.40(2). 31-36.


    • Singer, J., Gannon, T., Noguchi, F., and Mochizuki, Y. (eds) (2016). Educating for Sustainability in Japan: Fostering resilient communities after the triple disaster, Routledge, London.
    • Noguchi, F., Guevara, J. R. and Yorozu, R. (2015). Communities in Action: Lifelong
      Learning for Sustainable Development, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg, Germany.