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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded approaches to enduring geopolitical problems.


Takahiro is a first-year PhD student at Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge. His PhD dissertation ‘Oligarchy in Motion: Dirty Politics in Clean Energy Transitions in Indonesia’ examines why and how ‘coal oligarchs’ in Indonesia who have benefited from fossil fuel industries shifted their institutional paradigm to renewable energy resources. Takahiro has also been working on nationalism and inter-nationalism in Southeast Asia. His recent work on youth nationalism between East Timorese and Indonesians won the Pattana Kitiarsa Prize for Best Graduate Student Paper by Southeast Asia Council at Association for Asia Studies in 2020 and published from Indonesia journal at Cornell University’s Southeast Asia Programme. Before moving to Cambridge, Takahiro has engaged in policy research on emerging technologies and economic security for the Japanese Cabinet Office, as well as worked for infrastructure business for South and Southeast Asia in Japan. Taka completed BA at Kansai University and MA in Osaka University (Valedictorian) both in Japan and holds MSc. in Comparative Politics from London School of Economics and Political Science.