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Yuta Masuda

Yuta Masuda

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Yuta Masuda is a scientist in the Human Dimensions Program in Central Science at the Nature Conservancy, and his work focuses on the Asia Pacific Region. His work at the Conservancy investigates the impacts of conservation programs on human well-being, and he has a particular interest in gender, development, and environmental policies. Yuta’s current work looks at integrating human well-being considerations into conservation programs to better understand their risks and benefits to people. In addition, he is working on research on sustainable development, gender and conservation, technology-assisted data collection, and developing new indicators for human well-being.

Before joining the Conservancy in 2013, Yuta was a graduate student at the University of Washington where he did research on water infrastructure, time use, and gender in Ethiopia. Prior to that, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Georgia and also worked at RTI International as a Health Economics Research Assistant. Yuta has experience working on projects with a range of stakeholders in Africa and Central Europe. He has published in a number of economic and policy journals.

He holds a B.B.A. in Economics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the University of Washington.

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Masuda, Y.J. & Scharks, T. (2014). Fauna in decline: A big leap to slavery. Letter in Science, 346(6211), pp. 819.

Tallis, H., et al. Masuda, Y.J. (2014). Towards a diverse conservation ethic. Nature, 515(7525), pp. 27-28.


Masuda, Y.J., Fortmann, L., Gugerty, M. K., Smith-Nilson, M. and Cook, J. (2012). Pictorial approaches for measuring time use in rural Ethiopia. Social Indicators Research. doi:10.1007/s11205-012-9995-x.

Chaudhri, R., Borriello, G., Lieberg, K., Sodt, R., Chilton, J., Cook, J.H., & Masuda, Y.J. (2012). Sensors and smartphones: Tracking water collection in rural Ethiopia. IEEE Pervasive Computing, 11(3), pp. 15-24.


Cowell, A.J., Brown, J.M., Wedehase, B.J. & Masuda, Y.J. (2010). Costs of using motivational interviewing for problem drinking in the U.S. Air Force. Military Medicine, 175(12), pp. 1007-1013

Luo, Z., Cowell, A.J., Masuda, Y.J., Novak, S.P. & Johnson, E.O. (2010). Course of major depressive disorder and labor market outcome disruption over three to four years. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 13(3), pp. 135-149.


Cowell, A.C., Luo, Z., & Masuda, Y.J. (2009). Psychiatric disorders and the labor market: An analysis by disorder profiles. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 12(1): 3-17.

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