Ritsuko is Principal Research Fellow at Policy Studies Institute in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment and is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo. She holds a DPhil in Sociology from the University of Sussex and an MA in Social History from the University of Essex. Prior to joining PSI, she worked at Imperial College Business School and SPRU (Science Policy Research Unit) at the University of Sussex.
Her research interests are: innovations for sustainable transitions in the urban built environment context; the adoption and diffusion of new sustainable technologies; user-technology interactions; (sustainable) consumption; and social practices. She currently is involved in the Urban Infrastructural Innovations and Sustainable Lifestyles project. This is a collaborative research project with the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan, funded by Japan's Ministry of the Environment. This project explores different pathways to transition to sustainability in Japan’s medium-sized cities. It is part of a larger programme that aims to create policy frameworks for sustainable consumption and production in East Asia.
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.