“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Masa Haraguchi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program’s (STPP) and Environment and Natural Resources Program’s (ENRP) Water-Energy-Nexus Project at the Belfer Center. His research interests include disaster risk management, water resource systems analysis, risk management, and sustainability.
Masa earned his Ph.D. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University, where he worked on projects in the Columbia Water Center at the Earth Institute. As a lead researcher, Masa has written twice, in 2013 and 2015, for the Global Assessment Report, a biennial report of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Previously, Masa worked for the World Bank to design a training program on how cities should address climate mitigation and adaptation by utilizing climate finance. Before working at the World Bank, he worked on a research project at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies that investigated the impact of climate change on cities. He earned a master's in climate policy from Columbia University as a World Bank Graduate Scholar and a postgraduate degree in development economics from the Institute of Developing Economies under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan.Last Updated: May 25, 2018, 1:03pm