Dr. Michiko Iizuka, UNU Merit, the Netherlands
Title of the Speech: Natural Resource-Based Activities and The Role of Institutions In a Global Context
E-mail: iizuka@merit.unu.edu

BIOGRAPHY

MICHIKO IIZUKA, Research Fellow, UNU-MERIT, the Netherlands. Michiko Iizuka is a policy specialist in the field of development, innovation and sustainability. Since 2008, she has been a research fellow at the United Nations University-MERIT. Before that, she worked as a researcher at International Development Center of Japan and as an environmental officer at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC). She has also provided consultancy works for UNIDO, ECLAC, EU, JICA, DFID and WWF-UK. She has a DPhil in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and MPhil from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), both at the University of Sussex. She also holds a Postgraduate diploma in Environmental Management from Imperial College, University of London. Her main areas of interest are: (1) innovation systems in the context of developing countries; (2) the role of innovation policy in the development process; (3) the impact of global institutions such as standards and global agreements on local capacity building; and (4) agriculture, natural resources and environmental policy.