Students at an organic farm in Japan during the May 2019 Clinic Trip.

Outside a mangrove conservation park during the Thailand Clinic Trip in May 2018.

EnviroLab Asia Faculty Receive National Geographic Research Award To Study Mangrove Forests.

"Awakening to the Environment" Concert featuring Anne Harley and Malaysian composer and environmental activist Yii Kah Hoe.

Students discuss environment-related issues in Professor Kyoko Kurita's Advanced Japanese course.


EnviroLab Asia is a laboratory for cross-disciplinary research and experiential learning that links knowledge with practice. We aim to engage communities and explore what comes out of the intellectual exchange between the humanities and social sciences, environmental analysis, and various other fields to generate new scholarship about environmental issues in Asia. This is an initiative at the Claremont Colleges funded by the Henry Luce Foundation’s LIASE (Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment) Program, which focuses on East and Southeast Asia.


Guiding Principles

  • Create a space for the production of new knowledge about the interaction between nature, the built environment, and human populations in East and Southeast Asia, leveraging and mutually enhancing Asian Studies and Environmental Analysis.
  • Establish a firm foundation for the continuous production of new knowledge about Asia and the environment by building a robust infrastructure of expert networks that will facilitate ongoing cross-disciplinary communication and the exchange of resources between members of the Claremont Colleges.
  • Increase faculty and students’ capacities to effectively influence debates on environmental issues as well as present innovative solutions to challenges resulting from environmental problems.



September 2019 E-Newsletter

September 2019 E-Newsletter

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Surprising Sounds at the Todaiji Temple

Surprising Sounds at the Todaiji Temple

In May 2019, seventeen students and five faculty went to Japan to learn about environmental issues and visit cultural sites, like the Imperial Palace (photo above). Students were placed in Labs led by faculty leaders. Malea Martin (fifth from the left) participated in...