Yuta Masuda is a Senior Sustainable Development and Behavioral Scientist in Global Science at the Nature Conservancy. His work at the Conservancy examines how policies advancing conservation and sustainable development goals impact human well-being and environmental outcomes. His recent work has investigated topics around community-based conservation, human behavior, institutions, human health, diffusions of innovations, land tenure security, and other topics on the human dimensions of conservation and sustainable development. Although he primarily employs economic models and methods, he often works with multidisciplinary teams on integrated research projects that explicitly examine human well-being and environmental outcomes.
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, Asia, and Central Europe. He has published in a number of disciplinary and general interest journals, such as Nature, Nature Sustainability, Nature Communications, Global Environmental Change, Environmental Research Letters, Current Environmental Health Reports, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Conservation Letters, Conservation Science and Practice, Global Food Security, Environmental Evidence, Conservation Biology, Social Indicators Research, PLOS ONE, and Land Use Policy.