"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