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Geography at NU

Introduction

The Department of Geography at Nagoya University is one of the leading departments in Japan in terms of research activity. The high standard of research is evident from the department's track record of nurturing top-level researchers. Graduates of the department include over 50 researchers at national and private universities.

      Another feature of the department is the diversity of research areas studied. Students are able to freely choose research themes from the entire range of topics in diverse areas including human geography and physical geography (geomorphology). In addition to faculty in the Department of Geography, students are able to receive broad mentoring and supervising from instructors with a wide variety of specialties including climatology, meteorology, and hydrology who belong to the Graduate School of Environmental Studies at Nagoya University.

History

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The Department of Geography at Nagoya University began in April 1950 as a geography course offered by the department of history in the school of literature. At the time, the campus was located on the grounds of the Nagoya Castle, and the Department of Geography was housed in the former sixth infantry regiment barracks. The building was subsequently moved to the Museum Meiji-Mura (Meiji Village) where it is being preserved.

      After settling on an organization with four faculty members in the mid-1950s, the Department of Geography moved to the present Higashiyama campus in 1963, where it has continued to pursue cutting edge research and to generate a diverse range of graduates in a rich environment.

      On occasion of the establishment of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies in 2001, the Department of Geography moved to the newly-built Environmental Studies Building and added three graduate faculty members, bringing the total number of faculty to seven.

Undergraduate Courses

Geography Major, School of Letters
Department of Social and Human Science Informatics, School of Informatics and Sciences

Postgraduate Course

Graduate School of Environmental Studies

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Faculty

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Kohei OKAMOTO [Professor]

Okamoto

Affiliation: Graduate School of Environmental Studies (Undergraduate: School of Letters)

Education: Doctor of Geography (Nagoya University)

Field of Study: Spatial Cognition, Time Geography, Urbanization

Profile: I have been studying how people comprehend the geographic world and how they behave spatially there. In various regions in the world including China, Laos and Japan, I am investigating how people’s daily lives change under urbanization and market economy penetration. Besides, I am studying cooperatively with citizens and policymakers how to provide disaster information to diverse society. Multilingual Disaster Information System, Aichi International Association has been offering, is a fruit of our works.

URL: Kohei Okamoto

e-mail: h44540a[at]cc.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Yasuhiro SUZUKI [Professor]

Suzuki

Affiliation: Disaster Mitigation Research Center (Joint Member of Graduate School of Environmental Studies)

Education: Doctor of Science (The University of Tokyo)

Field of Study: Physical Geography, Tectonic Geomorphology, Disaster

Profile: Although I have always been fascinated with the dynamics of active faults for the purpose of building terrain, the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake also awoke me towards contributing to disaster mitigation. Many things about active faults are still unexplained. We should consider societal development in accordance with the characteristics of nature.

URL: Faculty Profile (Yasuhiro SUZUKI)

e-mail: ysz[at]nagoya-u.jp

Makoto TAKAHASHI [Professor]

Takahashi

Affiliation: Graduate School of Environmental Studies (Undergraduate: School of Informatics and Sciences)

Education: Doctor of Geography (Nagoya University)

Field of Study: Social Geography, Theories of Disaster and Society

Profile: My main research topic is transforming interactions between society and space in natural disasters, focusing on recent catastrophes including the 2004 Sumatra, the 2008 Sichuan and the 2011 Tohoku earthquakes.

URL: M. Takahashi's site

e-mail: l46789a[at]cc.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Satoshi YOKOYAMA [Professor]

Yokoyama

Affiliation: Graduate School of Environmental Studies (Undergraduate: School of Informatics and Sciences)

Education: Doctor of Science (The University of Tsukuba)

Field of Study: Cultural and Political Ecology, Rural Geography, Southeast Asian Studies

Profile: My research interests lie in the fields of human-nature interactions, particularly in land use changes, natural resource use, livelihood changes, and indigenous eco-knowledge of mountain people. I have conducted fieldwork in mainland Southeast Asian countries for more than 20 years both in mountainous areas and in lowland areas. Recently I have interested in traditional fermented foods, especially fermented soybean (so called Natto), in the Himalayas and Southeast Asia region.

URL: LEARNING FROM THE FIELDS

e-mail: s-yokoyama[at]nagoya-u.jp

Kei-ichi OKUNUKI [Associate Professor]

Okunuki

Affiliation: Graduate School of Environmental Studies (Undergraduate: School of Letters)

Education: Doctor in Engineering (The University of Tokyo)

Field of Study: Spatial Analysis, Geographic Information Science

Profile: My research interests are in spatial analysis and inmplementing new analytical tools for spatial phenomena. Please visit SANET website, which is my involved research project.

URL: Faculty Profile (Kei-ichi OKUNUKI)

e-mail: kei.okunuki[at]nagoya-u.jp

Kazuaki HORI [Associate Professor]

Hori

Affiliation: Graduate School of Environmental Studies (Undergraduate: School of Letters)

Education: Doctor of Science (The University of Tokyo)

Field of Study: physical geography, geomorphology, sedimentology

Profile: My research interest is evolution of fluvial and coastal plains since the Last Glacial Maximum in relation to allogenic forcing such as sea-level and climate changes and autogenic dynamics. I have conducted field surveys and taken borehole cores at Changjiang and Song Hong river deltas, one of the largest deltas in the world, as well as Japanese lowlands (e.g., Nobi Plain, Echigo Plain, Tenryu River alluvial fan, and Ishikari Lowland). Recently, I began to work on research of Taiwan’s coastal plain with very thick sediment strata. In addition, I have carried out topographical and sediment investigation related to natural disasters such as floods and tsunami.

URL: Kazuaki Hori's Website

e-mail: khori[at]lit.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Masaya IGA [Associate Professor]

Iga

Affiliation: Graduate School of Environmental Studies (Undergraduate: School of Letters)

Education: Doctor of Geography (Nagoya University)

Field of Study: economic geography, geographies of food

Profile: My research interests focus on the globalization of food and its social and spatial consequences. I am particularly concerned with the ways that food supply chains are disembedded from society, space and nature, and the newly emerging food provisioning practices which have been evaluated as alternatives to industrialized and globalized food chains. I am currently undertaking research that transcends binaries like global-local, conventional-alternative and social-natural to understand food's complicated geographies.

URL: Faculty Profile (Masaya IGA)

e-mail: iga.masaya[at]a.mbox.nagoya-u.ac.jp

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Contact

Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8601, Japan
Department of Geography, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
TEL: +81-(0)52-789-2236
e-mail: nagoya.univ.geography[at]gmail.com(please change [at] to @)

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