Using the theoretical framework of historical ecology, my current research focuses on the importance of food and subsistence diversity, social networks and local autonomy for understanding the resilience of socioeconomic systems in the past and the present. My archaeological projects in Japan, including the Berkeley Sannnai Maruyama Projectand the Goshizawa Matsumori Project, examine the mechanisms of long-term culture change among prehistoric Jomon hunter-gatherers (ca. 14,000-500 BC). My research also involves ethnographic studies of modern-day rural communities and small-scale food production units, with an emphasis on the importance of traditional ecological knowledge reflected in material culture. As an environmental anthropologist focusing on Japan, I have also been working on the study of the impacts of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 and the Fukushima Nuclear Accident. In collaboration with local stakeholders, I use insights obtained from these projects to develop outreach and implementation programs to promote place-based, small-scale and diversified food production.
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Growing up in Yokoyama City, Japan, I received my BA (1982) and MA (1984) from the Department of Archaeology and Ethnology at Keio University, Tokyo. After working as a full-time Research Associate at the Faculty of Science of the University of Tokyo (1984-1988), I went to Montreal and received my Ph.D. in Anthropology from McGill University in 1996. In the same year, I joined the Department of Anthropology of the University of California, Berkeley. I was a visiting professor/researcher at Keio University (2000, 2001), Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) (2010), and the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (2011) in Hayama, Japan. From Summer 2014 to Summer 2016, I took a research leave from UC Berkeley and led an international transdisciplinary project at RIHNtitled Long-term Sustainability through Place-Based, Small-scale Economies: Approaches from Historical Ecology.
2016 Heron, C. P., J. Habu, M. K. Owens, Y. Ito, Y. Eley, A. Lucquin, A. Radini, H. Saul C. D. Spiteri, and O. E. Craig.
Molecular and isotopic investigations of pottery and ‘charred remains’ from Sannai Maruyama and Sannai Maruyama No. 9, Aomori Prefecture, Japan. Japanese Journal of Archaeology 4(1): 29-52. Link
2016 Crema, E. R., J. Habu, K. Kobayashi and M. Madella.
Summed probability distribution of 14C dates suggests regional divergences in the population dynamics of the Jomon Period in Eastern Japan. PLOS ONE 11(4): e0154809. Link
2014 Habu, J.
Post-Pleistocene transformations of hunter-gatherers in East Asia. PP507-520. In Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology and Anthropology of Hunter-Gatherers, edited by Vicki Cummings, Peter Jordan and Marek Zvelebil. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Link | PDF
2014 Habu, J.
Early Sedentism in East Asia: From Late Palaeolithic to Early Agricultural Societies in Insular East Asia. In Cambridge World Prehistory, edited by C. Renfrew and P. Bahn, pp. 724-741. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2013 Habu, J. and M. E. Hall.
Climate change, human impacts on the landscape, and subsistence specialization: historical ecology and changes in Jomon hunter-gatherer lifeways. In The Historical Ecology of Small Scale Economies, edited by Victor D. Thompson and James Waggoner, pp. 65-78. University Press of Florida: Gainesville, FL. Link | PDF
2008 Habu, J., C. Fawcett and J. M. Matsunaga (eds.)
Evaluating Multiple Narratives: Beyond Nationalist, Colonialist, Imperialist Archaeologies. 217pp. Springer, New York.
2008 Habu, J.
2004 Habu, J.
Ancient Jomon of Japan. 332pp. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge