Research

Last Updated: 15 July 2020

Students Research Topics

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Transdisciplinary Research Group

What is transdisciplinary research group?
In the past, there has been no research on global and complex issues positioned midway between traditional academic research (specialized abilities) and the work of practitioners (practical skills). In the global knowledge society in recent years, the need is increasing for an issue-driven science that engages with such problems, in other words, for Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability. However, there have been no solid foundations laid for this new approach with respect to global and composite issues. If the problems are complex, it is natural that the solutions to these problems will also be complex. In Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability, which presupposes a practical approach and an integration of arts and sciences, after defining the process of reconfiguring fragmented knowledge, the problem is posed and then resolved. For this purpose, composite research groups have been established that can be organized in accordance with the purposes of education and research to flexibly facilitate diverse educational research through unrestricted connections between students and faculty members.

Earth & Planetary Environmental Disaster
Research Group
Network Society
Research Group
Mindful Living
Research Group
Sustainable Economy
Research Group
International Development
Research Group
Lifespan Development and Social Inclusion
Research Group
Natural Resources and Energy Policy
Research Group
Artificial Wisdom
Research Group
Creating Resilient Societies
Research Group
Global Commodity Issues
Research Group
Art Innovation
Research Group
Global Politics, Finance & Economy under Interdependence Research Group
 

Earth & Planetary Environmental Disaster Research Group

Research topics:
This research Unit aims to survey (1) natural and anthropogenic (human-caused) disasters induced by geophysical activity, affected by global environmental changes, (2) Space Environment and Space Hazards (3) Protection of cultural heritage (4) Historical disasters and mass-extinction events, in order to prevail their root causes and mitigation measures, to evaluate their human and economical risks, and to archaiving their information into GRAID (Global Repository of Advanced Integrated Dataset).
Member:
YAMASHIKI Yosuke
Website:
http://www.envhazards.org
 

Network Society Research Group

Research topics:
(1) Pathway toward East-Asian Regional Integration in 2030: Multi-layer network and nonlinear dynamics of commodity flow, capital flow, and labor flow
(2) Tech-driven Post-capitalism: Block chain technology and machine and deep leaning
Member:
IKEDA Yuichi / IYETOMI Hiroshi / MIZUNO Takayuki / YOSHIKAWA Hiroshi / AOYAMA Hideaki / FUJIWARA Yoshi / WATANABE Tsutomu / INOUE Hiroyasu / TODO Yasuyuki / ONAGA Tomokatsu / SOUMA Wataru / ONISHI Takaaki / Maximilian Schich / Abhijit Chakraborty / Eliza Olivia Lungu
Website:
http://ikeda.gsais.kyoto-u.ac.jp/eng/index.html
 

Mindful Living Research Group

Research topics:
(1) Self-Knowledge
(2) Quality of Life
(3) Cosmopolitan Ethics and the Question of Judgment
(4) Wisdom
(5) Happiness (Eudaimonia)
(6) Mindfulness and Meta-Awareness
(7) Lifestyle, Health and Longevity
(8) Resilience
(9) Mind-Body Medicine
Member:
Marc-Henri DEROCHE / SEKIYAMA Kaoru / KAWAI Eriko
Website:
https://www.gsais.kyoto-u.ac.jp/staff/deroche/rg_index.html
 

Sustainable Economy Research Group

Research topics:
Our main research topic is the transition to a renewable energy (RE)-based energy system, which is an important component of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #7. In particular, by using field surveys and interviews, we analyze the drivers of and barriers to the energy transition and perform sustainability assessments of existing RE projects. In addition, the shift to sustainable cities, the evaluation of FDI in developing countries, and the role of innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are also among our recent research topics.
Member:
Dimiter S. IALNAZOV / IKEDA Yuichi / YAMASHIKI Yosuke / SAKURAI Shigeki / KANAMURA Takashi
 

International Development Research Group

Research topics:
Research Group discusses various Development Issues which affect the International Community.
Such topics as SDGs, Research analysis related with GSAIS Oversea Internship Program, Private Sector Role in Development/Academic-Industrial Alliance will be dealt in the Group.
Member:
TAKASHIMA Hiroaki / YOSHIDA Tomonaga / IKEDA Yuichi / SAKURAI Shigeki / YAMASHIKI Yosuke
 

Lifespan Development and Social Inclusion Research Group

Research topics:
How to improve education and social systems, based on human lifespan changes in cognitive functions and psychological characteristics. How to realize the social involvement of everyone, regardless of whether s/he is the socially vulnerable or not.
Member:
SEKIYAMA Kaoru / ZHAO Liang
 

Natural Resources and Energy Policy Research Group

Research topics:
In respect of the survivability research project on natural resources and energy, we operate “Natural Resources and Energy Policy Research Group” as an incubation platform for establishing and researching such field and further developing policy planning and proposals as needed.
 
(1) Three developments driving “Natural Resources and Energy Policy Research Group”
   ① Constructing research projects and conducting researches;
    Constructing the above research projects and conducting researches from the viewpoint of the survivability of a global society
   ② Drafting Policy;
    Drafting policies in view of securing the effectiveness of the above research projects
   ③ Policy proposals
    Policy proposals on a global basis in view of making contributions to the coexistence of a global society
 
(2) An ongoing major theme (a research project)
   ① Socio-economic research on sustainable renewable energy development in developing countries
Member:
SAKURAI Shigeki / Dimiter S. IALNAZOV / TAKASHIMA Hiroaki / KANAMURA Takashi / YOSHIDA Tomonaga / TAKEDA Shutaro / TEZUKA Tetsuo / KONISHI Satoshi / KOIKE Katsuaki
 

Artificial Wisdom Research Group

Research topics:
Multidisciplinary researche on Artificial Intelligence/Wisdom and their implementation, development and coexistence.
Member:
ZHAO Liang
Website:
http://aw.gsais.kyoto-u.ac.jp/
 

Creating Resilient Societies Research Group

Research topics:
The Lab aims at promoting resilient people, communities/organizations and protecting ecological and natural resilience by focusing on interrelations in resilience among human, society and nature, and seeks for ways to create resilient societies collaboratively. More specifically, the Lab will hold a series of relevant forums with the focus on the linkage of human, society, nature and resilience, which will be formulated into collaborative knowledge for creating resilient societies. The outputs and outcomes from the forums will be formulated into collective knowledge forms, which will be contributed to SDGs implementation and efforts by Kyoto University UNESCO Chair.
Member:
TAKARA Kaoru / IKEDA Yuichi / SHIMIZU Mika / OKADA Norio
 

Global Commodity Issues Research Group

Research topics:
Commodities themselves have global issues such as energy, environment, food and water issues. There is also a characteristic that each issue is complicatedly linked to each other. While focusing on these linkages, this research unit aims to solve global issues related to commodities. In addition, in a more comprehensive sense, the unit aims to solve global issues related to commoditized products and systems.
Member:
KANAMURA Takashi / SAKURAI Shigeki
 

Art Innovation Research Group

Research topics:
Art fosters engineering and science, and through science and technology human discover new beauty. New beauty creates new value and is applied to society and industry. This is art innovation.
What is beauty? Why are we attracted to beauty? Human survival process can be said to be a process of finding new beauty. AI created by human is one of the new beauty. It is time to create new beauty and to apply it to society and industry as new value. We promote this research group with the Human Resources Development Center of Toppan Printing.
Member:
TOSA Naoko (Program-Specific Professor of GSAIS) / Qin Yang (Program-Specific Assistant Professor of GSAIS) / TAKARA Kaoru (Dean and Professor of GSAIS) / YAMASHIKI Yosuke (Professor of GSAIS) / OYAMADA Koji (Professor of Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University) / NAKATSU Ryohei (Adjunct Professor of Design School, Kyoto University) / William Latham (Professor of Goldsmiths, University of London*) / Frederic Fol Leymarie (Professor of Goldsmiths, University of London*) / Paul Anderer (Professor of Donald Keene Center, Columbia University **)
* Kyoto University has signed MOU with Goldsmiths, University of London.
** Kyoto University plan to sign MOU with Columbia University.
Website:
http://tosa.gsais.kyoto-u.ac.jp/sangaku/art-i-group/
 

Global Politics, Finance & Economy under Interdependence Research Group

Research topics:
To analyze trans-border complexities of politics, finance, economy, as well as business, and to examine the solutions.
(1) Economic interdependence and international order
(2) International movement of highly skilled personnel
(3) Strengthening int’l industrial competitiveness
(4) Deepening interdependence in post-war int’l finance
(5) Financial / currency crisis
(6) Development of international financial regulations
(7) Future vision of key currency
(8) Cross-border disruptive technology business
(9) International ecosystem of venture companies
(10) International competitive advantage of giant platformers
Member:
SEKIYAMA Takashi / TAKEDA Hidetoshi / YAMAMOTO Yasumasa