Last update: 2022-06-13
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.
Transdisciplinary Research Group
Earth & Planetary Environmental Disaster Research Group
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).
Network Society Research Group
We use network science to analyze big data on the global interdependence of the flows of goods, money, and people. We are unraveling the various problems facing modern society from various perspectives, looking for causes and clues to solutions.
(1) Pathway toward East-Asian Regional Integration in 2030: Multi-layer network analysis and nonlinear dynamics of goods flow, capital flow, and labor flow
(2) Tech-driven Post-capitalism: Blockchain technology and machine and deep leaning
IKEDA, Yuichi / IYETOMI, Hiroshi / AOYAMA, Hideaki / FUJIWARA, Yoshi / SOUMA, Wataru / HATSUDA, Tetsuo / CHAKRABORTY, Abhijit / KEELEY, Alexander Ryota
Mindful Living Research Group
The Mindful Living Research Group is a graduate and post-graduate seminar focusing on “mindful living,” in search for the “good life” in the 21st century. Originally a Buddhist concept, the core life-skill of “mindfulness” has become an essential notion at the crossroads of East and West, classical humanities and cognitive sciences, philosophy and medicine. Approaching mindfulness according to the model of the “threefold wisdom” (study, reflection, and practice), we offer a structured program in Buddhist studies (based upon its classical texts and languages), which linked to other major fields (philosophy, anthropology, psychology, education, etc.) through interdisciplinary study, can potentially become applied in the “life-world.”
Marc-Henri DEROCHE / SEKIYAMA Kaoru / KAWAI Eriko
Sustainable Economy Research Group
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.
Dimiter S. IALNAZOV / IKEDA Yuichi / YAMASHIKI Yosuke / SAKURAI Shigeki / KANAMURA Takashi
International Development Research Group
In the face of complex crises such as pandemics, climate change-derived disasters, and military tensions, international development is becoming increasingly important to promote human-centered development, share universal values, and realize peaceful and secure societies. This research group engages in activities to broadly and freely discuss development-related issues and challenges and to walk in the field, in line with the interests and research themes of participating students. We also have opportunities for dialogue with experts who are active at the forefront in the international development world.
Lifespan Development and Social Inclusion Research Group
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.
SEKIYAMA Kaoru / ZHAO Liang
Natural Resources and Energy Policy Research Group
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
NAGAYAMA Hiroaki / HASHIMOTO Michio / Dimiter S. IALNAZOV / KANAMURA Takashi / TAKEDA Shutaro / KONISHI Satoshi / KOIKE Katsuaki
Future Wisdom Research Group
Multidisciplinary researche on Artificial Intelligence/Wisdom and their implementation, development and coexistence.
Creating Resilient Societies Research Group
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.
TAKARA Kaoru / IKEDA Yuichi / SHIMIZU Mika / OKADA Norio
Global Commodity Issues Research Group
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.
KANAMURA Takashi / SAKURAI Shigeki
Global Political Economy Research Group
To analyze trans-border complexities of politics, economy, as well as business, and to examine the solutions.The following are examples of research topics that faculty members and students are currently working on in this study group.
(1) Economic interdependence and international order
(2) International movement of highly skilled personnel, immigrants & refugees
(3) International assistance & international cooperation
(4) International education
(5) Impact of climate change, extreme weather and natural disasters on society
(6) Cross-border disruptive technology business
(7) International ecosystem of venture companies
(8) International competitive advantage of giant platformers
SEKIYAMA Takashi / YAMAMOTO Yasumasa
Green Chemistry & Circular Economy Research Group
The circular economy is an economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources. Novel innovations are necessary for this circular economy, and we will study and develop new materials focus on Green Sustainable Chemistry.
Some topics to cover：
1. Development of recyclable and degradable plastics and films.
2. Study of ocean plastics.
3. Bio-based polymer developments
4. Green Chemistry Education
5. Insect derived material developments
SAITO Kei / YAMASHIKI Yosuke