Prof. Rajib Shaw
Graduate School of Media and Governance 
Keio University


Professor Rajib Shaw: A Japanese national of Indian origin, Rajib Shaw is the professor in Graduate


School of Media and Governance in Keio University’s Shonan Fujisawa Campus (SFC). He is also co-founder of a Delhi (India) based social entrepreneur startup Resilience Innovation Knowledge Academy (RIKA) and RIKA Institute, a not-for-profit entity of RIKA. Professor Shaw is the recipient of prestigious “Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award (PBSA)” in 2021 for his contribution in education sector. PBSA is the highest honor conferred on overseas Indians and persons of Indian origin from the President of India.


Professor Shaw is also the recipient of United Nations Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2022 for his lifetime contributions in the field of disaster risk reduction.


He is also the Senior Fellow of Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan, and the Chairperson of SEEDS Asia and CWS Japan, two Japanese NGOs, and a Distinguished Professor of Institute of Disaster Management and Reconstruction (IDMR) of Sichuan University, China. Earlier, he was the Executive Director of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR), a decade-long research program co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).


Previously, he served as a Professor in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University. His expertise includes community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. Professor Shaw was the Chair of the United Nations Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG) for disaster risk reduction; and is the Co-chair of the Asia Pacific Science Technology Advisory Group (AP-STAG). He was also the CLA (Coordinating Lead Author) for the IPCC 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change (Working Group II, Asia Chapter). He is the editor of a book series on disaster risk reduction, published by Springer, Editor-in-chief of Progress in Disaster Science, a journal published by Elsevier. Prof. Shaw has published more than 61 books and over 400 academic papers and book chapters.