This project comprises of two research units, historical database unit for historians and spatial analysis unit for hydrologists and meteorologists.

太田 淳 / Atsushi Ota

Keio University, Department of Economics, Professor

太田 淳 / Atsushi Ota

Research interests in this project

Ota explores the relationship between climate, trade, and agricultural production in insular southeast Asia.

Field of research

Ota’s book on the socio-economic dynamics of Banten of western Java, Kinsei tōnan ajia sekai no henyō: gurōbaru Keizai to jawa chiikishakai (Transformation of Early Modern Southeast Asia: The Global Economy and Local Society of Java) Nagoya daigaku shuppankai 2014 awarded 12th Japan academy medal (2016). He recently edited In the Name of the Battle against Piracy: Ideas and Practices in State Monopoly of Maritime Violence in Europe and Asia in the Period of Transition (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018) comparing the roles played by the merchant-community called pirates in the political economy of the maritime Malay with other pirates in the world. Ota is currently studying the impacts of export of agricultural products on the society of Minahasa in Sulawasi island.


B.A. from Waseda University. Ph.D. (History, 2005) from Leiden University. Before joining Department of Economics in 2016, Ota possessed research and teaching positions at Rutgers University, the National University of Singapore, Academia Sinica, and Hiroshima University.

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