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From the viewpoints of mobilities and urban policy, the Mobilities and Urban Policy Lab deals with various urban, transportation, environment and energy, health and pandemics, and tourism issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, especially focusing on the development of methodologies (e.g., surveys, modeling, policy evaluation and planning) and applications of the methodologies in both developed and developing countries. 

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The four keys to urban planning are the four functions of the city: dwelling, work, recreation (use of leisure time), transportation”, from Le Corbusier’s Charter of Athens (1933).

The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter—for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.
– Nikola Tesla –


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Since September 2020, Prof. Junyi Zhang has been proposing a brand new discipline “Harmonization Science“, aiming to contribute to the next development goal after the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He argues that the next goals after SDGs should be Harmonized Development Goals (HDGs).

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) –> Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) –> Harmonized Development Goals (HDGs)


Major research contents are as follows:

  • Life-oriented Behavioral Research
  • Policymaking methods based on life-oriented approach
  • Urbanization caused by rural migrant workers under the New China Urbanization Policy and its impacts on low-carbon urban development
  • Interdisciplinary research on policies promoting young people’s migration to and permanent residence in local cities
  • Cross-border regional/urban planning in Asian developing countries
  • Smart technology and urban life
  • Climate change and sustainable development in developing countries
  • Regional revitalization policies by making use of regional resources and culture
  • Urban policies for women, the elderly, and children
  • Urban policies encouraging behavioral changes
  • Comprehensive research on the built environment (transport, energy, health, pandemics, etc.): Built environment as a Service (BaaS)
  • Mobilities and planetary health
  • Pandemics-resilient policy and planning

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The following books include fundamental theories/methodologies developed by our lab.

市民生活行動学
(土木学会出版)

Life-oriented Behavioral
Research for Urban Policy

(Springer)
Transport and Energy Research:
A Behavioral Perspective

(Elsevier)
Transportation Amid Pandemics:
Lessons Learned from COVID-19 (Elsevier)
Research Handbook on Transport
and COVID-19
(Springer)








COVID-19 & Pandemics, Lifestyles,
Human Mobilities, and Cities
(Edward Elgar Publishing)








Routledge Handbook of
Transport in Asia

(Routledge)
Sustainable Transport
Studies in Asia

(Springer)
Other books (under preparation)