Projects and Programs

Collaborative International Workshops

In 2010, the international workshop was held at Rikkyo University, an initiative to support research of Asian urban culture. It was the first internationally collaborative event between the Institute and scholars from the University of Seoul, Tongji University and Fudan University. The second symposium was held in 2011 at Tongji University, while the third was convened in 2012 by the University of Seoul and featured creative city policies. We intend to rotate the annual conference between the three cities; Tokyo, Shanghai, and Seoul.     
 The 5th major conference, “Global City and Local Culture”, was organized in the ancient water city of Tongli Town in the Jiangsu Province in 2014. The host institutions were the World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for Asia and the Pacific Region (WHITRAP Shanghai) under the auspices of UNESCO, and the Department of Sociology, School of Social Development and Public Policy, Fudan University. One of the major events of the day was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Tongji University and Tongli Town a ceremony which complemented the informative sessions. It was a very good opportunity for the participants to witness this significant and historic event. In the next year, October 2015, the International Conference “Locality, History and Culture in Urban Regeneration” was organized by the University of Seoul and SSK Research Group on Glocal Culture and Regional Development at the University of Seoul. The conference has sought to bring together East Asian scholars and experts who investigate contemporary issues arising from urban regeneration, generating new ideas and discourse that can contribute to efforts aimed at improving the prevailing urban conditions of East Asian cities.
 The successful international workshop, “The Wind from the Future: Sustainable Urban Development in East Asian Cities,” was held in Tokyo in October 2016. This was initially planned as a bilateral project between Rikkyo University and the University of Seoul for promoting international scientific exchanges between Japan and Korea. Prof. Yasushi Matsumoto from Rikkyo University and Prof. Dong-Kyun Im from the University of Seoul had jointly applied for support to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). In addition to the support from these two Universities, that symposium has featured the contributions of Chinese academics, scholars from Tongji University and Fudan University.
 In October 2017, an international forum, “Sustainable and Inclusive Development: Diverse Practices of Global Cities” was hosted by Tongji University, cerebrating Tongji University’s 110th Anniversary. The forum was timed to commemorate this milestone as part of the World Cities Day Series. For the members of the Rikkyo Institute for Global Urban Studies and the Department of Urban Sociology, the University of Seoul, it was the 8th conference reunion since 2010 symposium in Tokyo. But it was a much larger event than previous conferences due to Tongji University’s 110th. Anniversary. As well, some staff from the University of Seoul and Rikkyo University contributed papers.
 And now, in the following year, instead of being held in Seoul, a Tokyo International Conference is now being organized to coincide with the 60th anniversary celebrations of Rikkyo University’s College of Sociology.

Over and above collaborative study programs and events, since 2015 an annual workshop has been organized by the Institute and the Centre for Population and Urban Research, Melbourne, at Robert Menzies Building, Monash University. The main activities between the two institutes will continue to collaborative research in migration, social cohesion/ inclusion/ exclusion and identity. The fourth joint conference, “Urban Community Lives and Migrants ‘Social Cohesion,” was organized with Social and Population Research Centre (former Centre for Population and Urban Research), in February 2018. As we have developed broader research programs and activities, some other experts in urban studies will also be involved in the 2018 conference.


Urban Regeneration Movements in the Pacific Rim: Commemorative Conference for the 60th Anniversary of Rikkyo College of Sociology

We are very pleased to announce an international workshop to be held at Rikkyo University, Tokyo on 9th, 10th and 11th November 2018. This is part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary for the foundation of Rikkyo College of Sociology in 1958. The College have grown to one of the largest schools of sociology in Japan with eminent specialists in various fields of Sociology and other related areas. The Rikkyo Institute for Global Urban Studies, established in 2007, has regularly organized collaborative international conferences with The University of Seoul from Korea, and Tongji University and Fudan University from China. The inaugural international conference was held at Rikkyo University in 2010. Since then, we have maintained collaborative discussion of urban public policy, regeneration activities, heritage conservation, and many other creative initiatives emerging from east-Asian cities. At this conference, in addition to eminent scholars from Korea, and China, we will invite experts from Monash University, Australia along with The National University of Singapore, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and from other places within the Pacific Rim.
 The Rikkyo Institute for Global Urban Studies has affiliated with Monash University and organized annual collaborative conferences from 2014. With the National University of Singapore there have been exchanges of open lectures between the two universities, and a member of the Chinese University of Hong Kong offered open seminar at Rikkyo University in 2017. All in all, our aim is to continue and consolidate our urban studies deliberations for the Pacific Rim. We do hope that the conference will be exciting, and the presentations and discussions will contribute to the further creative and insightful urban studies initiatives.

International Workshop on 10th November 2018


Re-development Policies and Programs: Preservation of Urban Cultures and Heritages

In this session, we would cover various types of re-development and movements that arise to re-vitalize urban areas. Our concern is with government policies and strategies adopted by other institutions and organizations in a metropolitan setting. Some of these programs relate to residential or spatial changes, others are concerned with gaining support for creative urban policies and programs or for the preservation of urban heritage. We wish to examine how exquisite cultural heritage sites and the construction of prominent landmarks have effects upon urban living. Some actual programs will be discussed for our deliberation and evaluation.

Session 2

Urban Rejuvenation and Migration Issues

There have been various activities and programs undertaken by local governments and other corporate actors that have led to the rejuvenation of inner-city areas. These have arisen after sustained negative experience of inner-city decay namely from the 1970s and 1980s. Most world cities have embraced ethnic populations in their inner areas and so overseas migration has been often related to the development of ethnic businesses with an increase in the population of those within work-age cohorts. But these movements have been both positively and negatively disputed. Some relevant theories and case studies will be presented in this session.

The Recent Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research in Japan

Toshisaisei no bunkasenryaku [Cultural Strategy for Urban Regeneration: Typology of Creative Cities] (2015-2019)
Principal Investigator: Yasushi Matsumoto
Co-Investigators: Tetsuo Mizukami, Koichi Takagi, and Shiho Nishiyama

Kokusairtoshi no bunkasenryaku [Cultural Strategy of an International City: An Empirical Study of the Creative City Yokohama Policies] (2010-2014)

Principal Investigator: Yasushi Matsumoto

Toransunashonaru komyunithi to rokaru komyunithi no kyodo mekanizumu no kenkyu [Research into Mechanisms of Cooperation between Transnational Communities and Local Communities]. (2014-2017)

Principal Investigator: Tetsuo Mizukami

(横浜港 撮影:松本康)
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