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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Innovative features of the Center

The following are the main areas of innovation in advancing the regional co-creation science promoted by our Center: The first is developing methods for regional restructuring and continually expanding outward from that viewpoint, and methods related to the “glocal” concept. These efforts target globalization while emphasizing local phenomena and local value, drawing on geography, urban planning, and social studies. The second is data science based on ICT technologies as implemented in transport planning, geomatics, and system engineering, alongside applications to land, regions, and urban planning. The third is promoting businesses through the concept of “sharing,” which transcends differences between individuals and regions and addresses mismatches of resource owners and potential users, drawing on the knowledge of practitioners in economics, urban planning, and architecture. The fourth is identifying suitable regional development methods for “Mobile societies” to link mobile populations, including tourists and multi-region residents, to particular regions, drawing on the results of research in tourism studies, geography, urban planning, and psychology. In our research, we will apply these innovative concepts and techniques to uncover unidentified resources in a region’s historical and cultural heritage and in the nature and ecology of satoyama, as well as various aspects of the region’s industrial sector. On this basis, we will reassess and evaluate our findings to interlink the promotion of activities ranging from resource conservation to optimal use.

We’ve established the following five target areas as core research divisions within the organization: (1) regional resource design; (2) town planning in regional co-creation; (3) regional service engineering; (4) regional data science; and (5) nurturing regional co-creation personnel.