Research Plan (2015–2019)

1. Research activities

(1) Research meetings

Hold approximately six research meetings related to “Spatial Structure and Developmental Issues in South Asia”. Endeavor to strike a balance between the two themes: spatial structures and developmental issues.

(2) The collation of research results

In addition to collating the research results of individual projects, establish “core fields” (shared research regions) for all research group members, and consolidate all of the research results related to those regions in order to produce geographical descriptions of regional dynamics. This approach will be useful in addressing topics related to regional integration, isolating regional problems, and developing problem solution scenarios. Regional data to be shared will cover the major cities of Delhi and Ahmadabad (in Gujarat); and rural communities near those cities, as well as communities in mountainous states in the Himalayas, at the periphery of the country.

(3) The presentation of research results

Present research results once a year at the symposiums and themed sessions of relevant academic conferences. Participating associations will include the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies, The Association of Japanese Geographers, The Japanese Society for Geographical Sciences, and The Japan Association of Economic Geographers. Public seminars and international workshops will also be held.

An annual collection of HINDAS research articles will be published in the Center’s Journal of Contemporary India Studies: Space and Society, Hiroshima University. Research articles in English will also be published on the HINDAS website in its e-journal, The Journal of Urban and Regional Studies on Contemporary India. By the end of the fiscal year, one or two books should be independently published.

2.Building the spatial information database and creating a Digital Atlas

Collect statistical data (including census results) for the HINDAS socio-economic database. Explore the spatial structures of greater metropolitan and rural areas by making use of data that relates to villages and smaller areas. Use GIS to create thematic maps to be published in the Digital Atlas. Continue to maintain the Kenzo Fujiwara India Geographic Photo Collection and enhance the archive with photographic materials from other researchers.

3. Implementation of field surveys

Implement field surveys, with the following objectives:

  1. To obtain statistical data to build a spatial information database for India.
  2. To carry out fieldwork by research project members and collaborators in India and South Asia.
  3. To share research with overseas universities and research institutes.

4.Researcher training

To train the next generation of researchers, cooperate in joint seminars on contemporary India and collaborate with the Leading Graduate Education Program in Hiroshima University—the Taoyaka Program—to create a flexible, enduring, peaceful society that regards South Asia as its main field of study.