Tokyo Metropolitan University Research Center

首都大学東京 Tokyo Metropolitan University

Research Center for Co-creating System of Regional Planning and Management

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Building a scientific framework for regional co-creation with community applications

研究センター長 菊地 俊夫

Director of Research Center:
Professor Toshio KIKUCH,
Dr. Science
Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences

The mission of this Center is to create an interdisciplinary and scientific framework for advancing regional co-creation by integrating a broad range of fields, primarily physics and engineering and applying the results to benefit regional communities. Creating affluent and sustainable regional communities will require the joint efforts of a broad range of players. Our Center calls this process regional co-creation.
Community oriented human resource development and job creation are important measures for regions suffering from decreasing birthrates, aging, and declining populations. The regional revitalization policies promoted by national and regional governments in recent years typify this approach. Even in major global conurbations like Tokyo, the concept of regional co-creation is essential to areas like the Tama region and minor outlying islands.

However, many regions lack competent personnel with the ability to propose future visions and appropriate projects, based on an understanding of the regions’ particular attractions and problems. Specifically, there is a shortage of people capable of evaluating regional potential using systems like the Regional Economy and Society Analyzing System (RESAS) to conduct statistical analysis of socio-economic data for local governments and to interpret such data to propose original ideas for creative regional projects.

At Tokyo Metropolitan University, as an organization involved in practical urban and regional research, with an urban research center established more than 50 years ago and a Faculty of Urban Environmental Sciences established in 2005, we’ve undertaken a wide range of studies on urban and regional communities. The faculty also include the department of Tourism Science with an integrated science approach, particularly focusing on resolving regional issues through interdisciplinary efforts and perspectives. Based on these achievements, we hope to establish a new Center based on the concept of regional co-creation and to pursue more practically-oriented research by gathering a wide range of experts from within and outside the university in fields ranging from the basic sciences, such as geography, ecology, sociology, and psychology, to transport planning, urban planning, agriculture, and even business studies, political studies, and information studies.