Rie Makita

Trained as a human geographer, Rie Makita is teaching sustainable development issues, with a particular attention to rural areas in developing countries. Her research interests include the impact of global value chains and agricultural innovations on smallholders and landless laborers, sustainable livelihoods under agrarian change, and the compatibility of poverty reduction with natural resource management. She has conducted fieldwork in multiple world regions for development planning as well as for academic research.


Basic Seminar Ⅰ
Basic Seminar Ⅱ
Geography of Development and Environment
Global Poverty Issues
Sustainable Development
Case Study Methods
Advanced Seminar Ⅰ
Advanced Seminar Ⅱ
Graduation Thesis

Fields of Specialization

  • Development Geography
  • Political Ecology
  • Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Rural Transformation


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  • 2016
    Professor, the Faculty of International Social Sciences, Gakushuin University
  • 2011
    Associate Professor, Rikkyo University, Graduate School of Social Design Studies
  • 2008
    Research Fellow, the University of Tokyo, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (based in the Energy and Resources Institute, New Delhi, India)
  • 2007
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wollongong (Australia), Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies
  • 2006
    Ph.D. in geographical science, the Australian National University
  • 1998
    Consultant, International Development Center of Japan
  • 1995
    Master of Professional Studies in Agriculture, Cornell University; Research Fellow, the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan

Major Publications

  • Makita, R. (2018). Application of Fair Trade certification for wild plants: Lessons from a FairWild project in India. International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology 25(7), pp. 619-629. DOI: 10.1080/13504509.2018.1437844
  • Makita, R. & Tsuruta, T. (2017). Fair Trade and Organic Initiatives in Asian Agriculture: The Hidden Realities. London & New York: Routledge.
  • Makita, R. (2016). A role of Fair Trade certification for environmental sustainability. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 29(2), pp. 185-201. DOI: 10.1007/s10806-016-9604-0
  • Makita, R. (2016). Livelihood diversification with certification-supported farming: The case of land reform beneficiaries in the Philippines. Asia Pacific Viewpoint 57(1), pp.44-59. DOI: 10.1111/apv.12106
  • Makita, R. (2015). Fair trade and plantation workers in Asia. In L. Raynolds & E. Bennett (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Fair Trade (pp. 491-508). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.DOI: 10.4337/9781783474622.00039
  • Makita, R. (2012). Fair Trade and organic initiatives confronted with Bt cotton in Andhra Pradesh, India: A paradox. Geoforum 43(6), pp. 1232-1241.DOI:10.1016/j.geoforum.2012.03.009
  • Makita, R. (2012). Fair Trade certification: the case of tea plantation workers in India. Development Policy Review 30(1), pp. 87-107.DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7679.2012.00561.x
  • Makita, R. (2009). New NGO‒elite relations in business development for the poor in rural Bangladesh. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit 20(1), pp. 50-70.DOI:10.1007/s11266-008-9077-5
  • Makita, R. (2009). The visibility of women’s work for poverty reduction: Implications from non-crop agricultural income-generating programs in Bangladesh. Agriculture and Human Values 26(4), pp. 379-390.DOI:10.1007/s10460-008-9167-4
  • Makita, R. (2007). Livelihood Diversification and Landlessness in Rural Bangladesh. Dhaka, Bangladesh: University Press Ltd.


Research projects funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS):

  • Exploring the compatibility of poverty reduction with environmental conservation in the context of medicinal and aromatic plants, April 2015- March 2019
  • A geographical approach to development studies for the rural South: toward the compatibility of poverty reduction with environmental conservation, April 2012- March 2015
  • Theorization of poverty reduction and environmental conservation drawing on global marketing, August 2010- March 2012