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Research Group Division of GeoEnvironmental Science


Human geography Research Group

•Assoc. Professor Yuzuru Isoda, specializing in Economic Geography
•Asst. Professor (Graduate School of Environmental Studies) Ryohei Sekine,
specializing in Human Geography, and Agricultural Geography

Understanding living situations of various groups
of people and their changing mechanisms

Understanding living situations of various groups of people and their changing mechanisms The population of this world comprises various people with varied living standards, with 20–30 million people packed into urban areas of New York or Tokyo, for instance, while there exist such thinly populated areas like somewhere in Australia where housing is dispersed, or places where nomads live. Respective living standards are neither isolated, nor fixed at all. In geology, the concept of a “local area” is defined as a spatial expansion in which the living standards are shared or similar as a whole. Every local area is changing daily along with the surrounding environment, as the culture and the technology develop, and as relations among those local areas change. During that process of change, there might are a local environmental problem that jeopardizes sustainable living. We, the Human Geography Research Group, are studying and analyzing their dwellings as well as the relations among the local areas within the “local area” framework to understand on what conditions such various groups of people stay to live and how they change. Additionally, we are examining the social and environmental problems that we in local areas are confronting now and those that we will face in the near future. That is underway through techniques of spatial analysis for every associated phenomenon.


Following are the main research subjects that we are currently working on:


Understanding living situations of various groups of people and their changing mechanisms [1] Research on global level urbanization: Land use by industries with its location variations, and structural changes of urban systems affected by economic globalization


[2] Research on localization in developing countries: Various problems of living and working activities faced by small urban industries and problems of sustainable production standards in agricultural areas in developing countries


[3] Urban disaster theory: Detection of vulnerability to disasters in modern cities, and the problems surrounding the protective types of land use regulation


[4] Geography of welfare: Analysis of the problems of aged people, compounded by the low birth rate, from a geographic perspective, and living environment upgrading as one solution


[5] Research on agriculture and farming villages: Problems of the communities and workers that contribute to the agricultural reproduction of Japan and the problems that Chinese farming villages have in keeping their environment in good shape