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

城山 智子 / Tomoko Shiroyama

The University of Tokyo, Graduate School of Economics, Professor

城山 智子 / Tomoko Shiroyama

Research interests in this project

Shiroyama is exploring a regional history of Asia in terms of water and climate, for example the relationship between the climate, rainfalls and the commodity prices in the region.

Field of research

She is a scholar of Chinese economic history and Asian economic history with emphases on China’s relations with the global economy. She has examined the monetary and financial systems of modern China, overseas Chinese remittances, the Chinese community in pre-modern Batavia. Her book China During the Great Depression: Market, State, and the World Economy, 1929–1937 (Harvard Asia Center, 2008) has been translated into Chinese and Japanese and was awarded the Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize in 2012.


Shiroyama received B.A. and M.A. from the University of Tokyo, and Ph. D. from Harvard University (History, 1999). Before coming to Graduate School of Economics, the University of Tokyo, she taught at Graduate School of Letters, Hokkaido University, and Graduate School of Economics, Hitotsubashi University.

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