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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. 

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).


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)
  • Pandemics-resilient policy and planning

The citation map of our publications:

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Yearly growth of our publications:

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 Approach

Transportation Amid COVID-19 and Pandemics: Practices and Policies (Elsevier, 2021)

COVID-19 & Pandemics, Lifestyles, Human Mobilities, and Cities: Impacts, Associations, and Policymaking (Springer, 2021)

  1. Sustainable Transport Studies in Asia (2013)
  2. 市民生活行動学 (2015)
  3. Life-oriented Behavioral Research for Urban Policy (2017)
  4. Routledge Handbook of Transport in Asia (2018)
  5. Transport and Energy Research: A Behavioral Perspective (2019)