Specially Appointed Professor

brendan.barrett cscd.osaka-u.ac.jp

keyword Documentary Filmmaking,Creative Media,Urban Transitions,Sustainability Science,Science Communication,Ethical Cities,Environmental Sustainability


  • 1991/10 - 1997/07, Oxford Brookes University, School of Built Environment, Environmental Planning
  • 1979/10 - 1983/07, Heriot-Watt University, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society, Town and Country Planning

Research History

  • 2018/09 - Present, United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability
  • 2018/06 - Present, RMIT University, School of Media and Communications
  • 2018/04 - Present, Center for the Study of Co*Design, Osaka University, Specially Appointed Professor
  • 2016/12 - 2018/03, RMIT University, Senior Lecturer
  • 2015/03 - 2016/12, UN Global Compact Cities Programme, RMIT University, Research Coordinator
  • 2002/12 - 2015/03, United Nations University, Academic Programme Officer, Head of Online Learning, Head of Communications
  • 1997/10 - 2002/11, United Nations University - Institute of Advanced Studies, Research Fellow
  • 1995/04 - 1996/10, United Nations Environment Programme, International Environmental Technology Center, Consultant/Programme Officer
  • 1992/02 - 1994/07, Ove Arup and Partners, Senior Environmental Planner
  • 1991/04 - 1991/11, Cobham Resource Consultants, Environmental Planner
  • 1987/04 - 1989/05, International Lake Environment Committee, Editor
  • 1984/01 - 1986/10, Power Station Impact Research Team, Research Associate

Research Areas

  • Social infrastructure (civil Engineering, architecture, disaster prevention), Architectural and city planning
  • Humanities & social sciences, Philosophy and ethics
  • Humanities & social sciences, Design
  • Environmental science/Agricultural science, Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental science/Agricultural science, Environmental materials/recycling technology
  • Environmental science/Agricultural science, Recycling systems and society
  • Environmental science/Agricultural science, Environmental policy and society

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute


  • Politics of Climate Change and Energy Policy in Japan: The Path to 2050 Net Carbon Neutrality, Hiroshi Ohta,Brendan F.D. Barrett, Energy Policy, 2021/12
  • Co*Design of Regional Revitalization, Matsumoto, Ayako,Barrett, Brendan F.D,Uwasu, Michinori,Nakanishi, Shinobu,Hirano, Shinobu, Co*Design, Osaka University, Vol. 10, p. 73-90, 2021/07
  • Energy Transitions Towards Low Carbon Resilience: Evaluation of Disaster-Triggered Local and Regional Cases, Yekang Ko,Brendan F. D. Barrett,Andrea E. Copping,Ayyoob Sharifi,Masaru Yarime,Xin Wang, Sustainability, MDPI AG, Vol. 11, No. 23, p. 6801-6801, 2019/11/30
  • Energy Transitions Towards Local Carbon Resilience: Evaluation of Disaster-Triggered Local and Regional Cases, Yekang Ko,Brendan F. D. Barrett,Andrea E. Copping,Ayyoob Sharifi,Masaru Yarime,Xin Wang, Sustainability, Vol. 11, No. 6801, p. 1-23, 2019/11
  • The Ethical City: A Rationale for an Urgent New Urban Agenda, Brendan F. D. Barrett,Ralph Horne John Fien, SUSTAINABILITY, MDPI AG, Vol. 8, No. 11, 2016/11
  • Emerging university student experiences of learning technologies across the Asia Pacific, B. F. D. Barrett,C. Higa,R. A. Ellis, COMPUTERS & EDUCATION, PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, Vol. 58, No. 4, p. 1021-1027, 2012/05
  • After the nuclear disaster, Japan considers a green future, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Solutions Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 99-103, 2012/01
  • Student Experiences of Learning Technologies Across the Asia Pacific Region, Robert A. Ellis,Brendan F. D. Barrett,Christina Higa,Ana-Maria Bliuc, ASIA-PACIFIC EDUCATION RESEARCHER, DE LA SALLE UNIV-MANILA, Vol. 20, No. 1, p. 103-117, 2011/03
  • Challenges in the adoption and use of OpenCourseWare: experience of the United Nations University, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Velma Grover,Tomasz Jonowski,Hanneke van Lavieren,Adegboyega Oya,Philipp Schmidt, Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, Vol. 24, No. 1, p. 31-38, 2009/02
  • University professor approaches to case studies: Virtual field trips, Luis Patron,Robert A. Ellis,Brendan F.D. Barrett, Prospects, Vol. 38, No. 4, p. 527-539, 2008
  • Evaluation of a Multi-Institution Pilot Distance Learning Course of the Asia Pacific Initiative: An Advanced Seminar in International Environmental Studies, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Christina Higa, E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, p. 355-358, 2006/10
  • Foundations of local environmental governance, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Mikoto Usui, Ecological Modernisation and Japan, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, p. 49-66, 2005/05/04
  • United Kingdom Experience with Local Agenda 21 and with the Development of Local Climate Change Strategies, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Grant Boyle, Journal of Rural Planning Association, Vol. 21, No. 3, p. 217-231, 2002/12
  • Local agenda 21 in Japan: Transforming local environmental governance, Brendan Barrett,Mikoto Usui, Local Environment, Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 49-67, 2002
  • Ecological modernisation, environmental knowledge and societal change: Attitudes and behaviour of young people in Japan, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Atsushi Kuroda,Kaoru Miyamoto, International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, Channel View Publications, Vol. 11, No. 3, p. 237-261, 2002
  • Application of Internet Technologies to Environmental Monitoring and Education at the Local Level in Japan, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Atsushi Kuroda, Sustainability in the information Society, Vol. 15, 2001/01
  • The" LA 21" platform for sustainable development: an evaluation of the recent experience in Japan and the UK, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Mikoto Usui, Journal of International Commerce, Vol. 58, No. 1, p. 91-121, 2001/01
  • Decentralization in Japan - Negotiating the Transfer of Authority, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Japanese Studies, Vol. 20, No. 1, p. 33-66, 2000/05
  • Role of the United Nations University in Promoting Research and Education on the Environment, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Environmental Education Research, Vol. 10, p. 75-84, 2000/03
  • Environmentalism in periods of rapid societal transformation: The legacy of the industrial revolution in the United Kingdom and the Meiji restoration in Japan, BFD Barrett, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, JOHN WILEY & SONS LTD, Vol. 7, No. 4, p. 178-190, 1999/11
  • Local Agenda 21 and environmental management in Japan and the United Kingdom: from fragmentation to integration., Brendan F.D. Barrett, Oxford Brookes University, p. 1-373, 1997/07
  • From Environmental Auditing to Integrated Environmental Management - Local Government Experience in the United Kingdom and Japan, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Vol. 38, No. 3, p. 307-332, 1995/08
  • EIA in Japan as Seen from the West: Comparison of EIA in Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Pollution Research, Vol. 20, No. 1, p. 55-64, 1990/07
  • Airport developments and EIA: Kansai International Airport, Japan, R. B. Therivel,B. F D Barren, Land Use Policy, Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 80-86, 1990
  • EIA in Japan. Environmental protection v economic growth, B. F D Barrett,R. Therivel, Land Use Policy, Vol. 6, No. 3, p. 217-231, 1989


  • 米国,日本,イギリスにおける環境アセスメント展開の比較 (公共事業の料金政策と高速道路料金), Barrett Brendan F.D., 高速道路と自動車, 高速道路調査会, Vol. 33, No. 6, p. p20-27, 1990/06


  • Prospects for Acceleration of Sociotechnical Transitions for Deep Decarbonization, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Hiroshi Ohta,Gregory Trencher, Routledge, 2022/02
  • Conflicts of Greens in Renewable Energy Landscapes: Case Studies from Across the Pacific Rim, Yekang Ko,Dustin Mulvaney,Brendan F.D. Barrett,Makena Coffman,Andrea Copping,Hsiao-Wen Wang,James Strittholt, Routledge, 2022/02
  • Ethical Cities, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Ralph Horne,John Fien, Routledge, ISBN:9780367482848, 2020/12
  • Japanese Smart Cities and Communities: Integrating Technological and Institutional Innovation for Society 5.0, Brendan F.D. Barrett,DeWit, A,Yarime, M, Elsevier, ISBN:9780128188866, 2020/06
  • Environmental Policy and Impact Assessment in Japan, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Riki Therivel, Routledge, ISBN:9780367188948, 2019/03
  • Innovative approach to the formation and sustainability of a learning community connecting students in university classrooms across Asia Pacific, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Emerald Publishing, ISBN:9781786350688, 2016/10
  • Local energy plans for transitions to a low carbon future, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Ralph Horne, Routledge, 2016/10
  • Communicating scientific research through the web and social media: Experience of the United Nations University with the Our World 2.0, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Mark Notaras,Carol Smith, Springer, ISBN:9789400769427, 2014/04
  • Ecological modernization and Japan, Barrett Brendan F. D, Routledge, ISBN:9780415647311, 2012
  • The Internet and e-Inclusion: Promoting Online Public Participation, Hans van Ginkel,Brendan F.D. Barrett, United Nations University Press, ISBN:9280811207, 2006/02
  • Ecological Modernisation and Japan, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Routledge, ISBN:0415351669, 2005/04
  • Young People and the Environment - Japan, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Osamu Abe,Eiichiro Haraki,Satoshi Ishikawa, Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN:9781402009440, 2002/11
  • Exploring the Global - Local Axis: Telecommunications and Environmental Sustainability in Japan, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Ichiro Yamada, Greenleaf Publishing, ISBN:9781874719472, 2002/05
  • Human Development and the Environment, Hans van Ginkel,Brendan F.D. Barrett,Julius Court,Jerry Velasquez, Brookings Institution, ISBN:9789280810691, 2002/04
  • Oya-shima-kuni - Environmental Attitudes and Education in Japan, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Osamu Abe,Eiichiro Haraki,Satoshi IshikawaOsa, Routledge, ISBN:0415205816, 2000/02
  • Environmental policy and impact assessment in Japan, Barrett Brendan F. D,Therivel Riki, Routledge, ISBN:0415038529, 1991


  • Living in Fukushima: Stories of Decontamination and Reconstruction, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Stephan Schmidt,Kaoru Imafuku,David Jimenez, YouTube, 2013 -
  • Satoumi – Coastal Communities in Japan., Brendan F.D. Barrett,Anne MacDonald,Kaori Brand, Youtube, 2012 -
  • Urban Biodiversity in Kanazawa, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Anne MacDonald,Kaori Brand, Youtube, 2010 -
  • The Wisdom Years: Coping with an ageing society in urban Japan., Brendan F.D. Barrett,Andrea Lariet,Kaori Brand,Citt Williams, YouTube, 2008 -
  • Voices of the Chichinautzin: Conservation of the biological corridor between Mexico City and Cuernavaca., Luis Patron,Patricia Sims,Brendan F.D. Barrett, Youtube, 2007 -
  • Saving the Ayuquila River, Luis Patron,Brendan F.D. Barrett, 2005 -


  • Osaka University Prize, Osaka University, 2020/11
  • Award of Distinction in the Green/Eco-friendly Category for Our World magazine, Brendan F.D. Barrett, The Communicator Awards, 2011
  • Excellence Award in the Category of New Media Creation, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Society for New Communication Research, 2009
  • Finalist, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Stockholm Challenge, 2008
  • PhD Fellowship, Brendan F.D. Barrett, United Nations University, 1997
  • Research Fellowship, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Canon Europe Foundation, 1993


  • Energy transition and subnational climate actions, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Yekang Ko,Hsiao-Wen Wang,Kirk Dimond, APRU Webinar Series: Planning, Design, and Climate Actions for Renewable Energy Transitions: Lessons from the Pacific Rim, 2022/02/07
  • Understanding Accelerated Decarbonization, Brendan F.D.Barrett, UNU-MERIT Seminar Series, 2021/10/28
  • Housing Affordability in the Ethical City, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Architectural Institute of Japan - Global Research Network Working Group, 2021/10/21
  • How do we make our cities ethical?, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Ralph Horne,Bárbara Pons Giner,Jay Tompt, RMIT Europe Webinar Series, 2021/07/07
  • Understanding Accelerated Decarbonization, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, 2021/06/24
  • Ethical Cities - Panel Discussion and Book Launch, Brendan F.D. Barrett,Mitsuho Ikeda,Mike Berry,Andrew Hollows,Brad Hooker,Wendy Steele,Ralph Horne,John Fien, RMIT Center for Urban Research Webinar, 2021/03/29
  • Accelerating Sub-national Decarbonization, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Regenerative Economics Programme, Schumacher College, 2021/02/16
  • Accelerating Decarbonisation - Examining Opportunities to Accelerate Decarbonisation with reference to Sub-National Climate Action Planning, Brendan F.D. Barrett, RENKEI Researcher Online Workshop - Expanding Japan-UK Research Collaboration in Climate Change, 2020/12/10
  • Digital story-telling and video briefs as an approach to enhanced international collaboration and impact, Brendan F.D. Barrett, JpGu-AGU Joint Meeting 2020, 2020/07/12
  • Philosophical musings on why we seem unable to “wake up” to climate change, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Australian Science Communicators Eleventh National Conference 2020, 2020/02/18
  • Digital story-telling and video briefs as an approach to enhanced international collaboration and impact, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Build SciComm 2019, 2019/11/02
  • Urban Energy and Liveability Transitions, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Australia-Japan: Science & Technology Diplomacy and Public Policy Forum, 2018/11/05
  • Urban Liveability and Resilience, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Australia-Japan: Science & Technology Diplomacy and Responsible Research & Innovation for Liveability and Resilience, 2018/11/02
  • City Diagnostic Tools – Measuring Readiness for the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Third Preparatory Committee Meeting for the UN Habitat III Process, 2016/07/26
  • Ethical Cities, Brendan F.D. Barrett, Urban Speakers Corner at the Third Preparatory Committee Meeting for the UN Habitat III Proces, 2016/07/25

Media Coverage

  • Ethical Urban Futures? Public Opinion is Now In, United Nations University, 2021/10
  • Typhoons and other disasters force Japan to rethink its city vs rural living plans for the future, The Conversation, 2019/09
  • Demise of Totnes pound won’t stop this English town pushing back against austerity, The Conversation, 2019/06
  • Kyoto on the path to becoming the Copenhagen of Asia, The Conversation, 2018/11
  • Kyoto has many things to celebrate, but losing its trams isn’t one of them, Newsweek LLC, 2018/05
  • When a country’s towns and villages face extinction, Newsweek LLC, 2018/01
  • This is why we cannot rely on cities alone to tackle climate change, The Conversation, 2017/09
  • Five lessons from Tokyo, a city of 38m people, for Australia, a nation of 24m, The Conversation, 2017/07
  • In the world’s biggest city, the past offers lessons for surviving the future, World Economic Forum, 2016/10
  • The ethical city: an idea whose time has come, The Conversation, 2016/01
  • The World’s Most Liveable Cities, United Nations University, 2015/06
  • Ethical Cities Are the Future, United Nations University, 2015/03

Academic Activities

  • Osaka University Anniversary Lecture Series, Osaka University, 2021/06/01 - 2021/06/22
  • Tsuwano Campus 2020, Tsuwano School Project, 2020/12/05 - 2020/12/05
  • Tsuwano Campus 2019, Tsuwano School Project, Tsuwano, 2019/12/13 - 2019/12/14

Social Activities

  • How do we make our cities Ethical?, RMIT University Europe, How do we make our cities Ethical?, 2021/07/07 - 2021/07/07
  • Net-Zero Carbon Energy Transition in the Context of SDG7: What can we achieve in the next decade?, Osaka University, Osaka University Anniversary Lecture Series, 2021/06/15 - 2021/06/15
  • Climate Science in the Context of the SDGs: What to expect in the next decade, Osaka University, Osaka University Anniversary Lecture Series, 2021/06/08 - 2021/06/08
  • Understanding Accelerated Decarbonization of the Economy: Role of the SDGs, Osaka University, Osaka University Anniversary Lecture Series, 2021/06/01 - 2021/06/01
  • Ethical Cities, RMIT University, Graduate Course on Strategic Urban Issues, 2021/05/17 - 2021/05/17
  • Ethical Cities, RMIT University, Osaka University, Panel Discussion and Online Book Launch, 2021/03/29 - 2021/03/29
  • Accelerating Decarbonisation, University of British Colombia, Course on Cities in a Post-Covid19 World, 2021/03/04 - 2021/03/04
  • Accelerating Sub-national Decarbonization, Schumacher College, UK, Regenerative Economics Course, 2021/02/16 - 2021/02/16
  • Digital Story-telling and Video Briefs, Hokkaido University, Communication in Science & Technology Education & Research Program, 2021/01/30 - 2021/01/30
  • Climate Change is an Economic Issue, Saitama University, Global Talent Program, 2021/01/29 - 2021/01/29
  • Tsuwano Becomes Japan's First Ethical Town, Tsuwano School Project, Tsuwano School Project, 2020/12/02 - 2020/12/02
  • Most and Least Livable Cities - Is Urban Sustainability being Undermined?, BRAC University School of Governance, Online Workshop, 2018/07/18 - 2018/07/18
  • Representations, Politics and Change - Example of the Living in Fukushima Documentary, RMIT University, Course on Global Environmental Representations, 2018/04/17 - 2018/04/17
  • Tsuwano Summer School 2017, Tsuwano School Project, Tsuwano Summer School 2017, 2017/08/05 - 2017/08/05
  • Most Livable vs. Most Fragile Cities, BRAC University School of Governance, Online Workshop, 2017/07/25 - 2017/07/25
  • Our World - A Conversation about Global Issues, National Museum for Emerging Science and Innovation, Science Communications Workshop, 2015/11/17 - 2015/11/17

Committee Memberships

  • Intergovenmental Panel on Climate Change, Peer Review for the 6th Assessment Report, 2020 - 2021
  • IUCN, Commission on Education and Communication, 2006 - 2015
  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Peer review of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, 2011 - 2012
  • Journal of Services Research, Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, 2001 - 2007
  • Australian Journal of Environmental Education, International Advisory Editor, 1999 - 2005
  • Iwate Prefectural Government, Member of the Advisory Panel for the Preparation of the Iwate Prefectural Government Basic Environment Plan, 1998 - 1999