Faculty Biography

Yuko Aoyama

Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.

Graduate School of Geography
Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
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Office: Room 212A, Jefferson Academic Center

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I am an economic/industrial geographer with expertise in globalization, industrial organization, technological innovation, and cultural economy. My research interest lies in developing geographic understandings of global capitalisms from institutional and comparative perspectives. My work demonstrates how various industrial sectors and entrepreneurs sustain economic distinctiveness in spite of globalization, in the USA, Japan, Spain, and India. My most recent book, “The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation” examines cross-domain collaborations between for-profit and non-profit organizations that induce social innovation. I am currently interested in advancing research for autonomous and electric vehicles and their implications on deglobalization, mobility, and governance. I have been awarded an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, Bellagio Academic Residency from the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as research grants from the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the Association of Asian Studies.  

I am affiliated with the George Perkins Marsh Institute, and currently serve as the Associate Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, for which I am responsible for managing the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research; providing oversight for graduate programs in Arts and Sciences and research centers; designing and launching workshops for faculty and graduate students; coordinating with Corporate and Foundation Relations (University Advancement) and Marketing and Communications to raise the profile of research on campus; providing strategic inputs to Research Board, Graduate Board and the provost management group; and serving as administrative representatives for faculty search committees.

I earned a B.A. in Social Sciences at International Christian University in Tokyo, an M.A. in Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

Courses Offered

GEOG 016: Introduction to Economic Geography
GEOG 152: Geography of Globalization
GEOG 107: Miracles of Asia — Economic Growth in Global Contexts
GEOG 256: Global Economic Geographies
GEOG 257: Internet Geography
GEOG 362: Seminar on Globalization
GEOG 365: Graduate Seminar in Economic Geography
GEOG 396.3: Distributive Political Economy

Recent Publications

Alvarez León, Luis F. and Yuko Aoyama, 2022. “Industrial Emergence and Market Capture: The Rise of autonomous vehicles.”  Technological Forecasting and Social Change 180 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2022.121661

Aoyama, Yuko and Luis F. Alvarez León, 2021.  “Urban Governance and Autonomous Vehicles.”  Cities 119 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103410

Cruice, William and Yuko Aoyama, 2021.  Variegated Capitalism, Regional Development, and the Socio-Technical Transition to Renewable Energy: the case of the offshore wind industry in the Northeastern U.S.   Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 14 (2):  235–252 https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsab004