Daisaku (Dai) Yamamoto

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Daisaku (Dai) Yamamoto

Associate Professor of Geography and Asian Studies

Department/Office Information

Geography, Asian Studies
309 Ho Science Center

As a geographer I am interested in how human communities respond to and creatively generate different livelihood opportunities and environmental changes. My long-run research interest has been understanding the nature of uneven development, which is one of the central questions of economic geography. My recent research has been focusing on nuclear energy facilities and how local host communities deal with various changes and problems associated with the facilities, including accidents, decommissioning, and nuclear wastes. I am also interested in learning how human-environment relationships are studied in non-Euro-American regional contexts, especially in Japan. I like synthesizing fieldwork-based research (such as conducting interviews in local communities) and quantitative analysis, using geographic information systems and other spatial statistical tools. I love working with students in collaborative research; many of my recent publications are co-authored with Colgate students.

  • AE, Nagaoka College of Engineering
  • BA, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • MA, Simon Fraser University
  • PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Geographical political economy 
  • Community development, resilience, and sustainability
  • GIS, spatial statistical, and econometric applications in geography 
  • ASIA/GEOG270 Deep Asia
  • CORE167C Japan
  • GEOG107 Is the Planet Doomed?
  • GEOG211 Geographies of Nature, Economy and Society
  • GEOG245 Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOG313 Geographical Political Economy: Asia in Globalization
  • GEOG315 Sustainable Livelihoods in Asia

Edited Books
Everyday Life-Environmentalism: Community Sustainabilities and Resilience in Asia (edited with Hiroyuki Torigoe). (London: Routledge, 2023). Link

Rebuilding Fukushima (edited with Mitsuo Yamakawa). (London: Routledge, 2017). Link

Unravelling the Fukushima Disaster (edited with Mitsuo Yamakawa). (London: Routledge, 2016). Link

Peer Reviewed Articles (*denotes Colgate student at the time of research)

A Spatiotemporal Analysis of the Social Determinants of Health for COVID-19 (with Claire Bonzani* and Peter Scull). Geospatial Health. 18(1) (2023). Link

Cursed Forever? Exploring Socio-Economic Effects of Nuclear Power Plant Closures Across Nine Communities in the United States (with Angelica Greco*). Energy Research & Social Sciences 92 (2022). Link

Nuclear-to-Nature Land Conversion (with Julia Feikens* and Melissa Haller*). Geographical Review 111(3) (2020), 415-436. Link

Geographical Political Economy of Nuclear Power Plant Closures (with Angelica Greco*). Geoforum 106 (2019), 234–43. Link

Economic Resilience of Japanese Nuclear Host Communities: A Quasi-Experimental Modeling Approach (with Paul Plummer). Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. 5 (2019), 1586-1608. Link

Resisting Globalization Through Services? A View from the Diverse Economies Literature. Annals of the Japan Association of Economic Geographers.  63 (2017), 60-76. (in Japanese) Link

Recasting the Agglomeration Benefits for Innovation in a Hits-Based Cultural Industry: Evidence from the Japanese Console Videogame Industry (with Seiji Hanzawa). Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography. 59 (2017), 59-78. Link

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in the United States: Locations and Motivations of Volunteer Tourism Host Farms (with A. Katrina Engelsted*). Journal of Sustainable Tourism. 22 (2014), 964-982.

Community Resilience to a Developmental Shock: A Case Study of a Rural Village in Nagano, Japan (with Yumiko Yamamoto). Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses. 1 (2013), 99-115.

Repositioning Regional Inequality Research from the Geographical Political Economy Perspective. Annals of the Japan Association of Economic Geographers. 58(3) (2012), 228-237 (in Japanese).

Regional Resilience: Prospects for Regional Development Research. Geography Compass. 5 (2011), 723-736.

Trends of Sustainable Tourism Research. Journal of Environmental Sociology. 15 (2009), 139-152 (in Japanese).

Scales of Regional Income Disparities in the United States, 1955-2003. Journal of Economic Geography. 8 (2008), 79-103.

Production Linkages in and between Places: The Recent Development of the Bicycle Industry Agglomeration in Osaka. Annals of the Japan Association of Economic Geographers. 50 (2004), 1-23.

Gauging Metropolitan 'High-Tech' and 'I-Tech' Activity (with Karen Chapple, Ann Markusen, Greg Schrock, and Pingkang Yu). Economic Development Quarterly. 18 (2004), 10-29.

Issues of Globalization and Reflexivity in the Japanese Tourism Production System: The Case of Whistler, British Columbia (with Alison M. Gill). Professional Geographer. 54 (2002), 83-93. 2002.


Book Chapters and Other Articles

Empirically Speaking: Life-Environmentalism, Environmental Justice, and Feminist Political Ecology (with Sophia Ferrero* and Keegan Kessler*) In Everyday Life-Environmentalism (2023), edited by Daisaku Yamamoto and Hiroyuki Torigoe, 1st ed., 1:207–23. Routledge. 

生活論と「多様な経済」論の狭間で. 松村和則・前田和司・石岡丈昇編『白いスタジアムと「生活の論理」ースポーツ化する社会への警鐘ー』(2020) 東北大学出版会 25-56. Link

避難地区設定のポリティクス『現代地政学事典』(2020) 丸善出版 Link

Life Environmentalism. Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, Second Edition. (2019). Link

米国における原子力発電と立地地域ー廃炉局面を迎えて. 歴史と地理 713 (2018/4), 58-67.

開発とスポーツの空間ー地理学の視点. 松村和則・ 石岡丈昇・村田周祐編『開発とスポーツの社会学ー開発主義を超えて』(2014) 南窓社 142-161.


  • Social Science Research Council, Abe Fellowship 2014
  • Colgate University Research Council, Picker Fellowship 2011-12