Our Achievement on the 1st Period (2010-14)

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The Center for Contemporary India Studies at Hiroshima University

The Center is being established in cooperation with the National Institutes for the Humanities(NIHU)as a center to promote area studies in contemporary India. The new Center will pursue studies under the theme of "spatial structure and social change in contemporary India."

In addition to the institute at Hiroshima University, the new Center will form a research network with Kyoto University, the University of Tokyo, the National Museum of Ethnology, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and Ryukoku University, for a total of six organizations, to pursue joint studies in contemporary India regional issues. The new Center will pursue studies under the theme of "spatial structure and social change in contemporary India."

Center objective

Since the economic liberalization policy of the 1990s, India has experienced rapid economic development. This rapid growth has attracted worldwide attention and has made India a cornerstone of the emerging BRIC economic superpowers. However, India faces many important challenges such as poverty, population, ethnic conflict, environmental destruction, and natural disaster. There is, therefore, a strong need to promote regional research, research with a clear awareness of these challenges and the changes brought on by economic development, and research with a firm grasp of the various regional realities. Unfortunately, Japan has relatively few researchers who specialize in contemporary India studies. In addition, the related research network and information sharing system remain underdeveloped. For that reason, the field of contemporary India research in Japan lags far behind other fields of regional research and has failed to respond to the demands of society.

For over 40 years, Hiroshima University has continuously pursued South Asian regional research based on India. In particular, under the recommendation of the Science Council of Japan, Hiroshima University established the Research Center for Regional Geography (RCRG, closed in March 2006) as a hub organization that provided many significant achievements. The RCRG was active in the fields of overseas topographical studies and topographic data analysis. Overseas topographical studies involved regional research through fieldwork in both natural and cultural areas. Topographic data analysis involved the development of a topographical data search system (e.g. database) and the construction of a geographical information system (GIS) for use in topographical studies. These efforts led to the accumulation and collection of materials related to India second to none in Japan. While giving full play to these past achievements in archiving, the objective of the new Center is to prepare a new GIS-based information sharing system, to organically integrate individual researchers into a research network, and to promote contemporary India regional research mainly from a spatial perspective.

Research Themes

Spatial Structure and Social Change in Contemporary India

Contemporary India is undergoing significant socio-economic changes alongside its rapid economic development and globalization. Globalization, the expansion of domestic markets and integration, and the advance of localization are leading to rapid development in cities, the expansion of regional disparities, the integration and reorganization of economic spaces, the development of industrial clusters, and other large-scale changes in the spatial structure of India. In addition, these changes bring new regional challenges related to urbanization and the environment. India is a federal nation governing a land mass with large geographical diversity and a strong nature of regionalism. These land space challenges are thus important study topics. To pursue studies on the complex spatial structures outlined above, the new Center will use a geographical information system to accumulate and represent spatial data and steadily carry out regional research based on fieldwork. Through these efforts, the new Center will show the regional and inter-regional basis of contemporary India from a "glocal" (global and local) perspective.

Under the theme of "spatial structure and social change in contemporary India," the new Center will advance research through three research branches: "economic development and spatial structure change," "urban/rural development and social change," and "GIS-based fundamental research in spatial information."

Research Unit 1

"Economic Development and Spatial Structure Change"
Chief: TOMOZAWA Kazuo

Research Unit 2

"Urban/Rural Development and Social Change"
Chief: OKAHASHI Hidenori

Research Unit 3

"GIS-based Fundamental Research in Spatial Information"
Chief: KUWATSUKA Kentaro

Project

Research Plan(2010-14)

1. Research Activities

(1) Organizing Seminar

(2) Publishing Research Results

2.Construct the database of the spatial information and make a digital atlas

 

3. Field survey

 

4. Cultivate young researchers

 

Members

Leader

OKAHASHI Hidenori Professor, Graduate School of letters, Hiroshima University

Researchers

TOMOZAWA Kazuo Professor, Graduate School of letters, Hiroshima University
MAHARJAN Keshav Lall Professor, Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University
YUI Yoshimichi Professor, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University
SASAKI Hiroshi Associate Professor, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University
TOGAWA Masahiko Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University
IWATANI Ayako Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Hiroshima University
YUI Miharu Research Fellow, NIHU Center for Area Studies/Assistant Professor, the Center for Contemporary India Studies at Hiroshima University

 

OKADA Aya Professor, Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University
MIZOGUCHI Tsunetoshi Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
MIYAKE Hiroyuki Professor, Faculty of Law, The University of Kitakyushu
ARAKI Hitoshi Professor, Faculty of Education, Yamaguchi University
KUWATSUKA Kentaro Associate Professor, Faculty of Business Administration, Ryukoku University
SAWA Munenori Professor, Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University
MINAMINO Takeshi Professor, Graduate School of Education, Hyogo University of Teacher Education
MORI Hideki Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Matsuyama Shinonome College
UNE Yoshimi Associate Professor, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institute of Human and Social Sciences

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