Yoshitaka Ota, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, School of Marine & Environmental Affairs

Director of Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center

Research areas

Yoshitaka Ota has a background in social anthropology at the University College London. Yoshi has conducted ethnographic research on various coastal communities, including Palau, UK, Indonesia and Japan, studying the socialization and cultural meanings associated with fishing practices. For the last ten years, he has been engaged in policy research involving coastal indigenous communities, marine spatial planning and human security. Yoshi is also the director of the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, an international initiative comprising an interdisciplinary team of 20+ institutes. His core research interest is to understand how to strengthen social equity in ocean governance while we face global environmental changes. His unit is consisted of a team of cross-disciplinary scholars.

Selected publications

Vierros, M.K, Harrison, A.L., Sloat, M.R., Ortuño Crespo, G., Moore, J.W., Dunn, D.C., Ota, Y., Cisneros-Montemayor, A., Shillinger, G.L., Watson, T.K., & Govan, H. 2020. Considering Indigenous Peoples and local communities in governance of the global ocean commons. Marine Policy.

Packer, H., Swartz, W., Ota, Y., and Bailey, M.. 2019. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Practices of the Largest Seafood Suppliers in the Wild Capture Fisheries Sector: From Vision to Action. Sustainability.

Suzanne von der Porten, Yoshi Ota, Andrés Cisneros-Montemayor & Sherry Pictou. 2019. The Role of Indigenous Resurgence in Marine Conservation, Coastal Management.

Cisneros-Montemayor, A.M., Moreno-Báez, M., Voyer, M., Allison, E.H., Cheung, W.W.L., Hessing-Lewis, M., Oyinlola, M.A., Singh, G.G., Swartz, W., Ota, Y. 2019. Social equity and benefits as the nexus of a transformative Blue Economy: A sectoral review of implications. Marine Policy.

Millar, D. Ota, Y. et al. 2017. Adaptation strategies to climate change in marine systems. Global Change Biology.

Signh, G. Ota, Y. et al. 2017. A rapid assessment of co-benefits and trade-offs among Sustainable Development Goals. Marine Policy.

Benett, N. Ota. Y. et al 2017. An appeal for a Code of Conduct for Marine Conservation. Marine Policy

Kittinger, J. Ota. Y. et al 2017. Committing to Socially Responsible Seafood. Science.

Swartz. W. Schiller, L. Sumaila, R. Ota. Y. 2017. Searching for market-based sustainability pathways: challenges and opportunities for Japan’s seafood eco-labels. Marine Policy.

Cisneros, A. Weatherdon, L. Pauly, D. Ota. Y. 2016. A global estimate of subsistence fisheries catch by coastal indigenous peoples. PLOS

Osterblom, H & Ota, Y. et al. 2013 Modeling social-ecological scenarios in marine systems. BioScience (2013) 63 (9): 735-744.

Hanich, Q & Ota, Y. 2013. Moving Beyond Rights-Based Management: A Transparent Approach to Distributing the Conservation Burden and Benefit in Tuna Fisheries. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 28.

Coady, L. Strandberg, C. and Ota.Y. 2013. The role of corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the international Shipping Sector. A Phase 2 Research Paper. Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia. Prepared for the Northern European Symposium on CSR in Shipping, Denmark.

Ota, Y. et al. 2012. Mainstreaming satoumi in Japanese National Policy; Introduction to the case studies. Biological and Cultural Diversity in Coastal Communities; Exploring the potential of Satoumi for implementing the Ecosystem Approach in the Japanese Archpelago. CBD Technical Series No. 61. p9-14