Rumi Naito*

Columbia University


Received Sylff Fellowship in 2009.
FR: Columbia University
TO: Borneo Nature Foundation (Indonesia)

Academic supervisor: Dr. Kai Chan and Dr. Jiaying Zhao
Academic achievements, social engagement initiatives:UBC’s Four Year Doctoral Fellowship recipient Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues
Current affiliation: Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at University of British Columbia

Rumi is a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC), focusing on behavioral psychology applied to biodiversity conservation and natural resources management in tropical landscapes. Drawing on insights from cognitive principles and experiments, her doctoral studies will investigate: 1) what behavioral factors influence community engagement in biodiversity conservation among forest-dependent communities; and 2) how to foster community engagement in biodiversity conservation among forest-dependent communities. This research aims to advance existing theories and practices of community-based conservation in the tropics and establish a psychologically informed and socially appropriate model based on behavioral insights.

Prior to starting her doctoral studies at UBC, Rumi worked with an Indonesia-based consulting firm, Starling Resources, as a senior project manager for terrestrial conservation projects. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in New York.

With the support of SRA program, Rumi will conduct a scoping study in Indonesia in order to map a range of designs and experiences of some of the leading conservation programs by NGOs, governments and the private sector. Primary aims of the scoping study are: 1) to identify gaps and challenges faced by current conservation programs; 2) to ascertain perspectives of scholars, practitioners and community partners on her research methodologies, target audiences and key interventions; and 3) to form collaboration partnerships with local organizations. Expected outcomes include a final decision on local collaboration partners based on shared ideas and perspectives about the application of psychology in biodiversity conservation and the identification of key interventions and target audiences regarding her doctoral research experiments.    

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