About lab.






The efficient utilization of resources is paramount for sustainable development. However, based solely on individual rationality, this isn’t straightforwardly achievable. For instance, pond water becomes a vital source in villages of developing countries without a water supply system. Yet, it’s not uncommon to find such water highly contaminated and undrinkable even after filtration due to nearby toilets that aren’t correctly managed or trash disposal into the pond. The drinking water shortage might be resolved if a development project is undertaken to draw water from a distant river, establish a water system, and supply the village. However, the water is right before our eyes. Why don’t we consider using this resource effectively through collective action to keep the pond clean? Does our life truly improve if we leave the pond water polluted and drink water from distant sources? This question poses a challenge to us involved in development.

We are researching the impacts of developments on resources and environments, such as water and forests, on people’s lives and health. Furthermore, we explore how effective use of resources and the environment can be achieved, placing a particular emphasis on social dimensions such as individual behaviors, community interventions, and the role of institutions.