Welcome to the home page of the Research Centre for the Local Public Human Resources and Policy Development (LORC), Ryukoku University. I am Kazuyo Murata, Director of the LORC.
The LORC was established as the Local Human Resources and Public Policy Development System Open Research Centre in 2003. In the first phase between Financial Years (hereafter FYs) 2003 and 2007, the LORC conducted research on "Public Policy and Human Resources in Local Communities: From Participation to Accreditation", followed by the second phase between FYs 2008 and 2010 on "Development Systems for Local Public Policies and Human Resources". In 2011, the LORC was renamed the current Research Centre for the Local Public Human Resources and Policy Development. Since, the LORC undertook "Practical Research on Institutional Infrastructures and Local Public Human Resource Development for Realizing the Regional Sustainable Development in the Era of Depopulation" in the third phase between FYs 2011 and 2013 and "Research on the 'Shape' of Sustainable Local Cities against Urban Marginalisation and the Implementation of Local Policies" in the fourth phase between FYs 2014 and 2018.
Following these phases, in the current fifth phase, the LORC is conducting research on "Creating a New Ecosystem for Inclusive Development".
The LORC has been a research centre that bridges theory and practice since its establishment in 2003. Consistently from the beginning, the LORC has aimed to realize sustainable development, grasped local issues from a global perspective, collaborated with various actors such as citizens, companies, and local governments, and built and presented theoretical and practical models on public policy through reciprocal return of research and the field.
In order to contribute to the reliable achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the LORC targets at functioning as a hub for a variety of institutions not only within university but also locally, domestically and further internationally. Its goal is to create a new ecosystem enabling "Inclusive Development", which enhances human well-being, social and environmental sustainability, and empowerment through the cooperation of policy actors including diverse actors, especially those often excluded, such as minorities and vulnerable groups.