Aki Tonami

Associate Professor of International Relations and Economics


Faculty of Business Sciences


I am Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan. Prior to joining Tsukuba, I was an Associate Professor at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where I remain a Senior Research Fellow. Previously, I was a Research Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije University Amsterdam. I wrote my PhD dissertation at Kyoto University (Global Ecological Economics). 

My research focuses on the theory and practice of economic diplomacy, with a particular emphasis on foreign investment, science and technology, development aid and the environment.

In my previous work, I have examined the political economy of the external policy of East Asian countries towards the Arctic region. Current projects examine the link between the overseas infrastructure investment of China and Japan and their diplomacy, and Japan's Arctic and Antarctic policy.

Research Area

  • International Political Economy
  • Politics and International Relations of East Asia and the Polar Region
  • Narrative Policy Analysis
  • Environment and Development


  • International Relations and Economics (MBA Program in International Business)
  • Advanced International Relations and Economics (MBA Program in International Business)
  • Special Lecture on International Political Economy (Doctoral Program in Business Administration)

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