IPRA Secretaries - General

Dr.Katsuya Kodama

Prof. Dr. Úrsula Oswald Spring

Dr.Katsuya Kodama is Professor in Peace Research and Sociology, Vice-President, Mie University. He specializes in peace studies and comparative sociology

He received his Master’s degree in international relations from Hiroshima University in 1984. He then went on studied at Lund University, Sweden, from 1984 to 1990 where he received his PhD in Sociology from Lund University.

He became Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Mie University in 1990, then promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and further promoted to Professor in 2004. He has been Vice-President of Mie University since 2011. His research theme widely includes; non-violent peace activism, study on Survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, refugee issues, foreign workers, peace-building..

From 2000 to 2004 he served as Secretary General of the IPRA. He became once again the Secretary General of IPRA in 2010. He had also served as Secretary General of the Asia-Pacific Peace Research Association (APPRA) from 1996 to 2000.

He has also served as Vice-President of International Social Science Council (ISSC) at the UNESCO from 2006 to 2010. He is at present an Executive Committee member of ISSC. He has actively working for empowerment of local people and organizations in the Mie Prefecture as Vice-President of Mie University. 


Prof. Dr. Úrsula Oswald Spring is a Research Professor at the Regional Centre for Multidisciplinary Research at UNAM, National Researcher SNI III and coordinates the Gender and Equity Program and Adaptation to Climate Change.

She has studied medicine, psychology, philosophy, languages, anthropology and ecology in Madagascar, Paris, Zurich and Mexico, was Secretary of Environmental Development in Morelos. She is a member of the IPCC 1998-2014 and member of the Task Force of IIASA.

She is Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association and was their former President. She was also Secretary General of the Latin American Council for Peace Research (CLAIP) and participated in peace missions in Israel/Palestine/Jordan; Spain/ETA; Burundi; Nigeria; Central America (San Salvador and Guatemala); South Africa; Sudan, and Mexico among others.

She has written alone or in collaboration 57 books, 376 scientific articles and book chapters on peace, gender, security, environment, water, energy, climate change, disasters, adaptation, social vulnerability, food and development.




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