Prof. Taro Yamauchi is a professor at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, and the Faculty of Health Sciences, Hokkaido University. He has a B.S., a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from the University of Tokyo. He does intensive fieldwork in hunter-gatherer society, rural villages, and urban slums in developing countries to understand the lifestyle and health of local populations and adaptation to living environments. His research interests also include sanitation and participatory action research involving local children, youth and adults. He is Vice-President of the International Association of Physiological Anthropology (IAPA) and an executive member of the International Society for the Study of Human Growth and Clinical Auxology (ISGA).
Dr. Seiji Nakao is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University. He has an M.S. and Ph.D. in Anthropology at Nanzan University. He does fieldwork and archival work in the Francophone West African countries, especially Burkina Faso and Mali for the history of Islam, politics, and economy of Inland West Africa to grasp the modernity in terms of the longue durée. He also engages in interdisciplinary collaborations with engineering, architecture, contemporary art, and science communication, and makes up the auto-ethnographies on these collaborations which happen the (dis)communications between different disciplines from the point of Anthropology of Science and Technology. He is Deputy editor-in-chief of Sanitation Value Chain (SVC) and on the editorial boards of African Study Monographs (ASM).
Dr. Hidenori Harada is an associate professor in the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He received a doctoral and a master’s degree in global environmental studies from Kyoto University, and also a bachelor of engineering (environmental engineering) degree from Kyoto University. He specializes field-based research on water, sanitation, and hygiene for development. His research topics include septic tank and fecal sludge management, microbial exposure and diarrhea risk assessment, greenhouse gas emission from sanitation services, resources-oriented sanitation, and material flow analysis for low and middle-income countries. He currently serves on the board of directors of Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO). He is also on the editorial boards of the journals Sanitation Value Chain (SVC) and African Study Monographs (ASM).