Gregory Trencher is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University. His research specializes in innovation processes and policies for advancing urban sustainability and transitioning to a sustainable energy system and electric mobility. He is also examining divestment and decarbonization strategies in fossil-fuel centric industries. At the same time, he leads a project on the phase-out of environmentally unsustainable substances, technologies and processes. Finally, he conducts research on urban sustainability, with an interest in smart cities aimed at solving social challenges.