Katsuma, Yasushi

Academic Programme Advisor

  • Yasushi Katsuma
    53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku 150-8925, Tokyo
    +81 3 5467 1212

    Research Interests

    • Global Change & Sustainable Development
    • Global health diplomacy and governance for planetary health
    • Human security of children
    • Political economy of sustainable development


    • PhD in Development (College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA)
    • LL.M. in Law & Political Science (Osaka University, Japan)
    • LL.B. in Law & Political Science (Osaka University, Japan)
    • BA in Liberal Arts (International Christian University, Japan)

    Biographical Statement

    Yasushi Katsuma is an Academic Programme Advisor at UNU-IAS. He is also a Professor in the Faculty of International Research & Education (FIRE) and the Research Director of the Institute for Global Health (WIGH) at Waseda University. At the National Center for Global Health & Medicine (NCGM), he is the Director of Global Health Affairs & Governance in the Institute for Global Health Policy Research (iGHP). At Vietnam-Japan University (VJU) within Vietnam National University (VNU) in Hanoi, he is a Professor in the Master of Global Leadership program. He also serves the BMJ as international advisory board member.

    Prior to his current positions, Dr Katsuma was Visiting Researcher at l’Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Visiting Scholar at the Elliot School of International Affairs of the George Washington University, staff member of UNICEF (based in Afghanistan, Mexico, Pakistan, and Tokyo), and development consultant at the Engineering Consulting Firms Association (ECFA). He also served the Japan Society for International Development (JASID) as Vice-President, the Japan Association for International Health (JAIH) as Councilor, and the Japan Association for United Nations Studies (JAUNS) as the Secretary-General.

    He received his PhD in Development from the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; LL.M. & LL.B. from Osaka University; and B.A. from International Christian University, after working as a volunteer for a British scientific project in Honduras and studying at the University of California-San Diego. He speaks Japanese, English, and Spanish.

  • Articles

    • Nomura, S., Sakamoto, H., Ishizuka, A., Katsuma, Y. et al. 2020. “Ongoing debate on data governance principles for achieving Universal Health Coverage: A proposal to the post-G20 Osaka summit meetings.” Global Health Action (13), 1 December. https://doi.org/10.1080/16549716.2020.1859822
    • Sakamoto, H., Lee, S., Ishizuka, A., Hinoshita, E., Hori, H., Ishibashi, N., Komada, K., Norizuki, M., Katsuma, Y. et al. 2019. “Challenges and opportunities for eliminating tuberculosis: Leveraging political momentum of the UN high-level meeting on tuberculosis.” MC Public Health (19),76: 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6399-8
    • Bloom, G., Katsuma, Y., Rao. K.D., Makimoto, S. et al. 2019. “Next steps towards universal health coverage call for global leadership,” The BMJ (365), 24 May. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l2107

    Book Chapters

    • Chiba, M. & Katsuma, Y. 2022. “The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as international norms”. In The Sustainable Development Goals: Diffusion and Contestation in Asia and Europe, eds. Bacon, P.; Chiba, M., & Ponjaert, F. Oxfordshire: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003205951-2
    • Katsuma. Y. 2022. “Diffusion of UHC through global health diplomacy.” In The Sustainable Development Goals: Diffusion and Contestation in Asia and Europe, eds. Bacon. P., Chiba, M., & Ponjaert, F. Oxfordshire: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003205951-5
    • Katsuma, Y. 2022. “Global health diplomacy to combat communicable diseases and to promote universal health coverage in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 3”. In Sustainable Development Disciplines for Humanity: Breaking Down the 5Ps—People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnerships, eds. Urata, S., Kuroda, K., & Tonegawa, Y., 17-35. Berlin: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-19-4859-6_2