公立大学法人 北九州市立大学 都市政策研究所

                                                           Issued on November 20, 2015

Institute Program

     The University of Kitakyushu Institute for Urban and Regional Policy Studies strives to propose and initiate social contributions for advancement of the Kitakyushu area, while creating greater value as a comprehensive think tank open to industry, as well as the public and private sectors.

(1)  Research on regional issues
Research projects are conducted on various issues, in the Kitakyushu area, based on which regional contributions are made through policy proposals, etc.

(2) Joint research of the Kanmon area
Research projects are conducted in cooperation with Shimonoseki City University Institute for Collaborative Community Development at “Kanmon chiiki kyodo kenkyukai (collaborative study group of Kanmon area)” that has been jointly run since 1994 with a primary focus on “development of Kanmon.”

(3) Funded research
Research projects are conducted across a range of subjects and challenges upon request from Kitakyushu City and other local governments, public organizations, private companies, etc.

(4) Research exchange activities and others
We engage in research exchange projects with the “Incheon Development Institute” in Incheon Metropolitan City, South Korea, and hold various informal meetings on research, and symposiums, etc.

(5) Education
Faculty at the Institute for Urban and Regional Policy Studies also focus on educational activities as full-time and part-time instructors, etc., at the Faculties of The University of Kitakyushu and other universities.

Faculty

Head
YANAI Masato
Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration



Full-time faculty
UCHIDA Akira
Professor
Urban Planning, Urban Design, and Residential Planning
    Conducts research from the perspective of promotion of utilization of public transportation and elimination of dependence on automobiles based on a vision of an urban future that corresponds to diversity in lifestyles, and measures and systems toward its realization.

KATAOKA Hiroyuki
Associate professor
Urban Analysis and Community Development by Renovation
    Conducts various research projects in association with practical urban activities, including a recent focus on community development by renovation.

KOUYAMA Kazuhisa
Professor
Economics of Consumption, Consumer Policies, and Public Opinion Surveys
    Conducts various research projects from the perspective of administrative policies with respect to understanding transformation trends mainly focused on the needs of Kitakyushu citizens and their effects on the outlook for society and consumers.

FUKAYA Hiroi
Associate professor
Social Work, Forensic Social work, and Mental Health
    Conducts various researches on social and psychological issues in communities focusing on minorities aiming at the realization of a society where diverse people can live comfortably.

MINAMI Hiroshi
Associate professor
Urban Policy and Regional Development, and Community Development through Sports
    Conducts research on comprehensive urban policy toward regional development; including research projects on regional political systems, administrative reforms, civic collaboration, local revitalization which utilized the sports, etc.

MIYASHITA Tomohisa
Associate professor
Local Government Finance, Regional Development, and Economic Policy
    Conducts research on the structural reform of public sector such as fiscal federalism, municipal amalgamation, and public-private partnership.

YOSHIMURA Hidetoshi
Professor
Regional Industrial Policy, Small Business Management, and Social System Engineering
    Conducts research on manufacturing as a key, including methods for transformation of local industrial cities, fostering supporting industries in Vietnam, creation and cultivation of startup companies.

History

    The predecessor of this Institute was “The University of Kitakyushu Institute of Comparative Regional Studies” that was established in 1959. As a social science research institute, it made contributions to local community development by accumulating research results in the fields of industrial economy and social welfare of the Kitakyushu area.
In April 2006, this institute merged with the research department of “Kitakyushu Urban Association” in order to expand and diversify and launched it program activities as “The University of Kitakyushu Institute for Urban and Regional Policy Studies”.

    On November 20, 2015, “The University of Kitakyushu Institute for Urban and Regional Policy Studies” changed a name of it to “Institute for Regional Strategy, The University of Kitakyushu”.

Contact


Institute for Regional Strategy, The University of Kitakyushu

1F, Building No. 3, Kitakata Campus
4-2-1, Kitagata, Kokuraminami-ku, Kitakyushu City 802-8577
TEL: +81-93-964-4302 (Administrative Office) 
FAX: +81-93-964-4300
E-mail: toshiken@kitakyu-u.ac.jp
HP:  http://www.kitakyu-u.ac.jp/iurps/



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