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Kozo Mayumi

Kozo Mayumi


  • Nagoya Institute of Technology (Bachelor of Engineering)
  • Kyoto University, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Applied Mathematics and Physics, Master of Engineering; (USA) Vanderbilt University , Graduate School of Economics, Master of Arts; Kyoto University, Graduate School of Economics, Ph.D.
  • 1 Toyo Aluminium Co., Ltd. Japan, April 1979-February 1980; 2 Kyoto Computer Gakuin, Teaching mathematics, operations research, computer algorithm and statistics on part time basis, April 1980-June 1984 and April 1990-June 1993; 3 Tokushima University, Faculty of Integraated Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor, July 1993-March 2000 4 Tokushima University, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Full Professor, April 2000-March 2020 (Retirement)
  • Current Editorial Board Menberships: 1 Ecological Economics; 2 Ecosystem Services; 3. Frontiers in Climate and Economics


I studied engineering (management engineering and mathematical engineering) as a student, and after a short one-year working experience for a company, I discovered energy analysis and resource and environmental economics and switched to those fields, where I am still working. Specifically, I am conducting research on energy analysis at the Autonomous University of Barcelona with Dr. Mario Giampietro, an Italian, and I am also continuing my research on bioeconomics (resource and environmental economics) proposed by Dr. Georgescu-Rogen, Nicholas (1906-1994), who was my supervisor at Vanderbilt University. I am thinking about how to realize a sustainable society.

As young people, what are your plans for the rest of your lives?For those of you who are thinking of working in the IT field, you cannot ignore the issue of the stable supply and use of electric power, which is one of the energy sources that support the power civilization that is important for a sustainable society. Through the window of energy, the seemingly unrelated interface between the IT field and a sustainable society should come to light.

In my business economics course, I would like to learn the basics of standard economics (microeconomics and macroeconomics) with you, and at the same time, broaden our perspective to include energy, resources, and environmental issues.I am confident that I will learn a lot through active discussions with you.

I look forward to meeting you and sharing a meaningful time with you in the historic city of Kyoto whose literal meaning is "Capital capital".

Responsible Subject

  • Business Economics 1 / 2
  • Statistics for IT

Field of Specialization

  • Energy Analysis; Bioeconomics of Georgescu-Roegen; Epistemology

Business Performance

Single Authorship

  • The Origins of Ecological Economics, Routledge
  • Sustainable Energy and Economics in an Aging Population: Lessons from Japan, Springer

Joint Authorship

  • The Jevons Paradox and the Myth of Resource Efficiency Improvements, The Earthscan
  • The Biofuel Delusion: The Fallacy of Large Scale Agro-Biofuel Production, The Earthscan
  • The Metabolic Pattern of Societies: Where Economists Fall Short, Roultedge
  • Energy Analysis for a Sustainable Future: Multi-Scale Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism, Routledge

Academic Paper

  • Mayumi, K. and Giampietro, M. 2014. “Proposing a general energy accounting scheme with indicators for responsible development: Beyond monism”, Ecological Indicators Vol.47, pp.50-66, DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.06.033.
  • Xiaohui Chen, X., Tiansong Wang, T., Lo Piano, S. and Mayumi, K. 2015. “China’s Metabolic Patterns and Their Potential Problems”, Ecological Modelling Vol.318, pp.75-85
  • Lo Piano, S and Mayumi, K. 2017. “Toward an integrated assessment of the performance of photovoltaic power stations for electricity generation”, Applied Energy, Vol. 186, pp. 167-174.
  • Giampietro, M. and Mayumi, K. 2018. “Unraveling the Complexity of the Jevons Paradox”, Frontiers in Energy Research Vol.6 (article26).

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  • Doctor Honoris Causa, West University of Timisoara, Romania, 2008
  • Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen Award for Unconventional Thinking 2013, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)