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Staff of Regional Development Studies

Regional Development

Professor Ikuko Okamoto (Doctor (Area Studies)、Kyoto University) 【M】
okamotoAgricultural and rural development, resource management, Myanmar area studies

My major field of research is the agricultural and rural development of developing countries, especially in Myanmar. In my courses, the emphasis will be placed on understanding on the mechanism of rural economy, while identifying prescriptions for improving the livelihood of rural people on empirical basis.


Professor Koichi Sakamoto (Doctor of Economics, Keio University)  【MD】

Professor Koichi SakamotoStructural Adjustment and Development Policies
Performance of structural adjustment (economic liberalization) supported by IMF and the World Bank is evaluated. Also discussed in the course is its impact on overall development policies, focusing on poverty reduction.
Professor Elli Sugita (Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Florida)   【M】
Professor Elli SugitaDevelopment Anthropology. Social Development.
International Cooperation in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
My research focuses on development anthropology which is the application of anthropological knowledge and approaches to international development. I also specialize in Wash (water, sanitation & hygiene) issues in rural areas.
Professor Kazuo Takahashi (Master of Political Science, Gakushuin University)   【MD】
Professor Kazuo TakahashiUrban and Regional Sociology, Visual Sociology
Sociological research on community development in Asian mega-cities has conducted in the fields of the urban poor communities focusing on the structure of community and the community networks. And also, “visual sociology” using visual representation has been constructing as methodology of sociological research. In the class these topics and theory are discussed.
Professor Maria Rosario Piquero-Ballescas (Ph.D in Sociology, Tsukuba University)  【MD】
Professor Maria Rosario Piquero-BallescasGender and migration, working children, agrarian reform, human development issues
Continuing sociological research on the impact of gendered migration and development on people (children and women especially), on societies, and the global community.

Regional Planning/ Environmental Management

Professor Toshiya Aramaki (Doctor of Engineering, University of Tokyo)  【MD】
Professor Toshiya AramakiUrban and Global Environmental Management, Environmental Systems Analysis
My research area is environmental planning and mangement, which includes water and wastewater management, solid waste management, mitigation and adaptation of global environmental issues, environmental performance evaluvation, etc.
Professor An Sang Kyung (Master of Science, Asian Institute of Technology)  【MD】
Professor Koichi SakamotoUrban Development
This course is designed to provide an introduction to some of key issues surrounding the challenges of urban planning and development the 21st century and a deeper understanding of the urban planning process and new planning approaches in a global context.
Professor Norihisa Shima (Doctor of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)  【MD】
shimaUrban and regional planning, “machizukuri”
How can we address the challenge of urbanization? Rapidly urbanization of most Asian, African and Latin American cities imposes complex issues on us all, yet conventional urban and regional planning seldom works to show the solution. Though field surveys recently in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Zambia and Senegal as well as theoretical reviews, I am trying to answer the question.

Professor Toshinobu Fujii (Ph.D., Waseda University)  【MD】

Professor Toshinobu FujiiPlanning for Sustainable Human Settlement
In the historical review of participatory and process planning to improve housing and living environment in Asian cities, planning and evaluation methods for sustainable human settlement are discussed in this course.
Professor Makoto Ikeda (Master of Law, University of Tokyo)  【M】
Professor Makoto IkedaSystems Thinking and Modelling
Focuses on Compute Simulation (especially Multi-Agent Simulation and System Dynamics Modeling) about sustainable development, which based on social systems approach.
Professor Toshiyuki Okamura (Doctor of Engineering, University of Tokyo)  【MD】
岡村先生Urban transport planning and policy, Public transport planning and operation, Transport engineering, Urban and Regional Planning
Experiences of infrastructure development and management both in developed and developing countries are examined in my course. Case studies in transport and urban sectors are discussed in the context of
sustainable development. Deep understanding and insight of people’s trip behavior, preferences and intentions is the key for planning urban transportation. I strongly request students to brush up a sense
of planners and engineers as well as learning specific knowledge and methodologies.
Professor Hidetoshi Kitawaki (Doctor of Engineering, University of Tokyo)  【MD】
Professor Hidetoshi Kitawaki DeanAppropriate Water Supply and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Comprehensive discussion is made on health related problems, hygiene practices and appropriate technology for water supply and sanitation (Ws/S). Planning methodology for Ws/S development projects is also discussed.
Professor Ryo Matsumaru (Doctor of Engineering, Yokohama National University)  【MD】
matsumaruDisaster Management
As both natural and manmade disasters hinder the development process, “Disaster Management” is one of main issues for development in developing countries. To provide practical solution for minimizing the damages of disasters, various and combined approaches from engineering to social science and policy planning to community development will be applied in my research.

Regional Policy

Professor Chieko Nakabasami (Ph.D., Saitama University)  【MD】
中挾先生Multilingual Communication, Social Network Analysis, Regional Information Management
My research field is informatics on multilingual communication based on sociolinguistic perspective. I focus on multi-language societies of Francophone countries, e.g. France, North Africa.
Professor Akiko Nakajma  (Ph.D., Waseda University) 【―】
nakajimaComparative Politics, Eu Area Studies
My main research theme is welfare politics in Europe, focusing on Spain and other Southern European states. Within that research area, I deal with such subjects as party politics, relationship between the center and the regions, the third sector, migration or the European Union politics.
Professor Chino Yabunaga (M.A. in Social Sciences, Waseda University)  【M】
yabunagaSocial Policy, Comparative Welfare State
Social welfare issues are my main research themes which I try to examine from the perspective of social sciences and policy analysis. Cross-national comparison of welfare states is also my area of concern. I often conduct fieldwork in Nordic countries.​

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