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The Osaka City University Urban Research Plaza (URP), in line with the university’s philosophy of “The University exists with the City, and the City exists with the University,” regards cities as places where scholarship is created.
We at URP have been confronting urban issues head-on by mobilizing expert knowledge and openly communicating our education and research results with our fellow citizens. In so doing, we are also contributing to local communities and international society. Together with various citizen groups that likewise wish to realize ‘true wealth’, we are constantly seeking to enhance the functions of urban culture, economy, industry, medicine, etc… Furthermore, by leading the field in comprehensive and academic research on cities and communities, we build on the basic principle of education as “an urban place” or a “city university of its citizens.”
The URP is driving forward its previous Global COE Program of “Reconstructing Cities towards Cultural Creation and Social Inclusion (2007-2011)”. We are doing this through cooperation with international researcher communities and networks, especially through our own Overseas Centers and Offices, and we have already achieved a research track record involving multiple academic fields that include, for example, “Cultural Creation and Social Inclusion” and “Disaster Reconstruction through Art.” By making use of joint-research activities for developing integrated domestic and international field networks, and cross-border connections, the URP has taken initiative from its wide experience of platform creation between international communities and practical knowledge.
Since April 2014, the URP has joined the national program of “Joint Usage / Research Center” by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) as the Platform for Leading-Edge Urban Studies. The Platform is expected to enhance URP’s existing research network and resources through extensive collaboration with communities, partner research institutions, and society in general. We are exploring theoretical and pratical models for resilient cities in the 21st century based on urban field research in Asia as well as in other parts of the world, by establishing an internatonally-recognized academic “platform” for innovative, cutting-edge urban studies that help to boost cultural crativity and social inclusion.
First Unit: Urban Theory
Unit ThemeHuman/Social Science or Interdisciplinary Research on the effects of changing industry structures and population decreases on cities as a result of globalization, and practical policy-related work on urban governance.
Research FieldsUrban Sociology, Urban Economics, Urban Administration, Theories of Urban Industry, Urban Social History, Housing Planning.
KeywordsGlobalization, Creative Cities, Shrinking Cities, Large Urban Regimes, Urban Law, CDB Housing.
(1) Cities in the Post-Regional Reform Era, (2) The Regeneration of Osaka through the Industrialization of Social Design, (3) The Conditions of Establishing Creative Tourism and the Possibilities of Networking Creative Cities, (4) The Social Experiment of Constructing A Network to Preserve Nagaya (terraced houses) in Osaka, (5) Law and Society of Osaka in the Edo (early-modern) period, (6) Comprehensive Research on Toyotomi Osaka Castle and Its Bourg (“Jokamachi”).