Research Themes

The “Energy Economics” Laboratory, in Socio-Environmental Energy Science conducts research from two viewpoints: the first is “technology” for energy supply and demand, and the second is the “society” in which that energy is consumed.  Our research activities have the common goal of designing a framework that realizes a sustainable energy system for houses, buildings, cities, Japan, Asia and even the world from the perspectives of natural, human and social sciences.

To realize a “sustainable society”, we must consider and evaluate future scenarios from both a macro and micro perspective to establish an appropriate decision making framework.

In the field of Energy Economics, societal conditions and economic systems are assessed to determine the appropriate planning and policy approaches to realize our goal of a desirable societal system. We conduct research in the academic fields of energy economics and energy systems. Our main themes of research are:

    1. The assessment, analysis and evaluation of the energy supply and demand system.
    2. The evaluation of the energy supply and demand system to realize a sustainable society.
    3. Modelling and simulation of the autonomous energy supply and demand system to develop a robust energy system design.
    4. Analysis of household and lifestyle factors which affect energy consumption action.
    5. Analysis of energy and environmental problems in the Asian region and evaluation of distributed small scale energy systems’ potential.
    6. Structural Conceptualization of Energetics.


The Graduate School of Energy Science Energy Economics lab performs research across a broad range of interesting topics ranging from Renewable Energy Policy, to Technology specific solutions to Energy Econometrics!

Please have a look at our research lab members and their specific research topics – and if you are interested in our work – please come and join us at the Graduate School of Energy Science at Kyoto University!