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The Graduate School of
Asian and African
Area Studies (ASAFAS)
Kyoto Univ.
Kyoto University
Tembea (Staff Only)

Shuichi Oyama Associate Professor


Academic Interest

I emphasize the importance of multi-disciplinary approaches of geography, anthropology, ecology and agronomy and understanding all aspects of people’s lives related to the natural environment, life changes influenced by economic policies, social relationships in local communities, ethnicity, and so on. My major research regions are Southern and West Africa. In Southern Africa, I have academic interests in local knowledge of slash-and-burn cultivators, agricultural ecology, and agrarian community changes under the policy changes relating to the market economy and land tenure system. Since 2010, I have focused on foreign investment and land grabbing in Africa. In the Sahel region of West Africa, I have continued research on the land degradation mechanisms, the ecological knowledge of farmers and pastoral nomads regarding land degradation processes, and their strategies for coping with severe drought. Their ecological knowledge and daily practices regarding anti-desertification are important for establishing land rehabilitation and land care systems in the Sahel region. With the rapid population increase, the farmers and pastoral nomads are in armed conflict. I aim to try to restore land productivity using land rehabilitation methods; I also work towards resolving the social conflicts. I emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to regional nature, ecology, and culture over time, and I aim to make contributions to solving the social problems of Africa.


Geography, livelihood research, land degradation, land rehabilitation, land tenure, peace building

Research video (YouTube)

Land Restoration by Urban Wastes (Republic of Niger)

Academic Career

Born in August, 1971
1993 Skipping a grade from Faculty of Environmental Information, Keio University
1995 Completed Master Course(Master of Human and Environment, Kyoto University)
1999 Completed Doctor Course (Doctor of Human and Environment, Kyoto University)
1999-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University
2008-2010 Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Tokyo Metropolitan University
2008–present Associate Professor, the Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
(Concurrent post: Division of African Area Studies, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto university)

oyama Associations

International Geographical Union
International Society of Ethnobiology
African Studies Association
International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences
Japanese Association for African Studies
Japanese Society of Tropical Ecology
Tropical Agriculture Research Association of Japan
Japanese Society of Human Geography
Association of Japanese Geographers

Main Works

*: Japanese with English abstract

  • Oyama, S. 2017. Cultural perception of Hausa society to movement “harukuki” and population explosion in Niger. International Workshop: Agriculture Practice and Social Dynamics in Niger. Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa. Tokyo University of Foreign Language. Fuchu, Tokyo. 12 March 2017.
  • Oyama, S. 2017. Autonomy and authority of chiefs regarding administration of customary land in Zambia. 60th annual meeting of African Studies Association. Land Reform, Rural Changes, and Political Power in Africa. (Chaired by Scott Straus) November 18, 2017. Marriott Hotel Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
  • Oyama, S. 2016. Countering popular beliefs by applying urban waste and livestock-induced land rehabilitation in Sahel region of West Africa. 15th Congress of International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE2016). Makerere University. Kampala Uganda. August 5 2016.
  • Oyama, S. 2016. Mitigation of Land Scarcity and Resource Conflict between Farmers and Herders in the Sahel region of West Africa. “Land, the State and Decolonising the Agrarian Structure in Africa: A colloquium in Honour of Professor Sam Moyo” University of Cape Town, South Africa. 28 November 2016.
  • Oyama, S. 2015. Urban Waste-induced Land Rehabilitation for Food Security and Conflict Prevention in Niger. Séminaire du PNUD (Programme des Nations Unies pour le développement : UNDP), UNDP Niamey office, Niamey. 4 December 2015.
  • Oyama, S. 2015. A networking scheme for community-based land rehabilitation and conflict prevention in Niamey and Dogondoutchi. Séminaire du JICA, Académie des Arts Martiaux, Niamey. 24 November 2015.
  • Oyama, S. 2015. Reverse Thinking and Action Research. SGAS (Swiss Society for African Studies)-SAGUF (Swiss Academic Society for Environmental Research and Ecology) Conference for Participatory and Integrative Approaches in Researching African Environments: Opportunities, Challenges, Actualities in Natural and Social Sciences. Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Berne, Berne. 23 October 2015.
  • Oyama, S. 2015. Countering popular beliefs: Urban waste and livestock-induced land rehabilitation in Sahel region of West Africa. The 25th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Tropical Ecology (JASTE25) in Kyoto. Inamori Memorial Hall, Kyoto University, Kyoto. 20 June 2015.
  • Oyama, S. 2014. Importance of gathering and mediators concerned with local conflicts of Nigerien Sahel, West Africa: From viewpoints of neutralization, gratitude and giving-receiving customs. 4th International Forum on Conflict Resolution and Coexistence through Reassessment and Utilization of “African Potentials”, Tou'Ngou Hotel, Yaoundé, Cameroon. December 5.
  • Oyama, S. 2014. Ecological Knowledge and daily practices of Hausa cultivators to land degradation in Sahelian Niger. International Geographical Union (IGU2014) Regional Conference. Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. 19 August 2014.
  • Oyama, S. 2014. Land degradation and ecological knowledge based land rehabilitation of Hausa Farmers in Sahel region, West Africa. Anthropological perspectives on environmental change and sustainable futures (Commission on Anthropology and the Environment). International Union of Anthropology and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES2014). Makuhari Chiba, Japan. May 17 2014.
  • Oyama, S., Yamamoto, N. and Kondo, F. 2014. Where in the Andes Mountains did the potato originate? 14th Congress of International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE2014). June . Bumthang. Bhutan. June 3 2014.
  • Oyama, S. 2013. Conflict over Land Resource and Local Resolution between Cultivators and Pastoral People in Sahel Region of West Africa. International Geographical Union 2013 (IGU2013). Regional Conference. Joint Session “Conflict in Africa and “African potential” for achieving coexistence based on indigenous knowledge and institutions” Kyoto International Conference Center, Kyoto. August 5.
  • Oyama, S. 2013. Farmer-herder conflicts and conflict prevention in Sahel region of West Africa. Session 2 Beyond conflicts in Africa: How to understand nexus between social relations, resource scarcity and economic development (chairperson Takahashi, M.). African Potentials 2013: International Symposium on Conflict Resolution and Coexistence. October 5-6 2013. Inamori Memorial Building, Kyoto University. Kyoto.
  • Oyama, S. 2012. The people’s anger killed a chief and his spirit protects the territory: Inequality and local resolution of land allocation under new 1995 Land Act in Zambia. 2nd International Forum on Conflict Resolution and Coexistence through Reassessment and Utilization of “African Potentials” Bronte, The Garden Hotel, Harare, Zimbabwe. December 9.
  • Oyama, S. 2011. Ecological knowledge and daily practices of Hausa cultivators for land rehabilitation in Sahelian Niger, West Africa. The 10th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Society. Cinnamon Lakeside, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 10-13 Oct. 2011.


Research Projects

Agriculture and Ecology in Africa

oyama Livelihood and Economy of Cultivators in Miombo Woodland of Africa

Desertification and Land Rehabilitation in Sahel region of West Africa

Conflict Prevention between cultivators and nomads in Sahel region

Domestication of Camelidae and potato in Central Andes

Social Contribution

FY2002-2004 Member of Advisory Committee, JICA Malawi project for small scale irrigation scheme

FY2006- The representative of local NGO in Niger: OLDCS- shara (Organisation pour la Lutte contre la Désertification et l’Amélioration des Conditions Sanitaires [Organization for anti-desertification and urban sanitary improvement])

FY2011- Convention with Dogondoutchi City, Niger for Collecting Waste, Land Rehabilitation, Food Security and Conflict Prevention

FY2012- Director of Niger Field Station, Kyoto University (Now it is closed by the security reasons)

FY2012- Adiviser for Japanese NGO “Comment Niger”

2016- Convention with Commune IV of Niamey City, Niger for Collecting Waste, Land Rehabilitation, Food Security and Conflict Prevention

Prize, Awards

2000 Kira Prize, Japan Society of Tropical EcologyAwards

2008 Japanese School Library Association Award to Teikoku Shoin World countries Series: Africa

2012 The Association of Japanese Geographers (AJG) Awards (Information Transmission)

2014 Daido Life Foundation, Incentive Award for Area Studies

2016 Human Geographical Society of Japan, Award 2016 (Academic Book)


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