Welcome to Kishita Laboratory Website!

Kishita Laboratory started its history in April 2016 at Department of Precision Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. We are jontly doing research activities with Umeda Laboratory at the same department. Based on expertise in the field of scenario design, life cycle engineering, design engineering, and sustainability science, we have been working on development of theory and methodology to design social systems and manufacturing industry for sustainability*. Most of our research topics aim at designing sustainable futures based on in-depth understanding of the system of interest**. Our research is characterized by integrating timeline or temporal dynamics into the design.

Drawing on Life Cycle Thinking, Scenario Thinking, and Design Thinking, we are attempting to elucidate the desirable interaction between technology and society toward sustainability. Examples of our research topics include, but are not limited to (for details, please see here):

Umeda-Kishita Laboratory is looking for prospective students at graduate level (master's and PhD). We are always seeking people to work together with, who are keen to break barriers between disciplines and to solve real-world problems. Although our laboratory belongs to an engineering department, students from diverse academic backgrounds are welcome. We are highly encouraged to promote collaborations with industry, national/local governments, and external research institutes both in Japan and overseas. We are aiming to establish a new, transdisciplinary academic field. If you are interested in joining us, please do not hesitate to contact us!

(*)Sustainability is the concept that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (modified from WCED, 1987). In general, given the finiteness of resources on the earth, sustainability requires us to consider all the aspects of economy, environment, and social equity. (Extra: Famous video presented by Prof. Hans Rosling, showing interesting stats on long-term demographic and income changes)
(**)The system to be designed depends on the research project, including product-service system (PSS), energy system, urban system, and sustainable business model.


EcoDesign 2019 (25-27 November 2019) will be organized in Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan. Please join us!

A brief introduction of Dr. Kishita is uploaded here at the website of School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.
The 3rd expert workshop on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in Malaysia was successfully held at LESTARI, UKM. Photo is here. This workshop was organized as part of PECoP-Asia project.
Our paper has been published online in Journal of Cleaner Production. The paper can be downloaded free of charge via this link until 24 November 2019.
Noriaki Nakatsuka, Yusuke Kishita, Tatsuya Kurafuchi, Fumiteru Akamatsu, "Integrating wastewater treatment and incineration plants for energy-efficient urban biomass utilization: A life cycle analysis", Journal of Cleaner Production, Vol. 243, (2020), 118448.
Dr. Kishita was awarded Certificate of Merit for Frontier Achievement from Design and Systems Division, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME).
Dr. Kishita is on sabbatical from August 2019 to February 2020 in Germany and UK. He will be working as a visiting scholar at TU Braunschweig, Germany (August-November 2019) and University of Cambridge, UK (December 2019-February 2020).
Dr. Kishita was awarded the 7th Kaya Award from Japan Society of Energy and Resources.
Our lab members presented papers at CIRP LCE 2019, which was held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. See Publications for details.
Dr. Kishita was awarded The Young Scientists' Prize of The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology 2019 for his work "Research on Scenario Design Methodology for Sustainability."
Based on Strategic Partnership Agreement between University of Cambridge and the University of Tokyo, we organized the 2nd workshop on Future Technology for Sustainability (FTS) on the University of Tokyo Hongo Campus. Please visit here for details. In addition, the reporting article has been published on the IfM website.
Our paper presented at EcoDesign 2017 has been published in Springer book:
Kohei Saiki, Yusuke Kishita and Yasushi Umeda, "Describing Diffusion Scenarios for Low-Carbon Products Using Life Cycle Simulation," Technologies and Eco-innovation towards Sustainability II, In: Hu, A., Matsumoto, M., Kuo, T. and Smith, S. (eds), Springer, Singapore, (2019), pp. 345-359, doi:10.1007/978-981-13-1196-3_27.
Our paper has been published online in IEEE Systems Journal. The approach proposed here is to integrate system dynamics and scenario planning to determine product design goals:
Marc-Andre Chavy-Macdonald, Kazuya Oizumi, Yusuke Kishita, Kazuhiro Aoyama, "A System Dynamics and Scenarios Framework for Architecting Product Design Goals for Changeability," IEEE Systems Journal, (2019), doi:10.1109/JSYST.2018.2886565.

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7-3-1, Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
Hongo Campus, Engineering Building #14,
Room 727 (Kishita's Office), Room 1034 (Umeda-Kishita Laboratory)
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Phone/Fax: +81-(0)3-5841-6478 (ext. 26478)
E-mail: kishita[at]