Project Summary, Research Purpose and Specialty

On the basis of a collaborative international research framework, LORC is committed to the study of the kind of local social systems which are necessary for the participatory and collaborative development of regional sustainability.

Along with the phenomenon of "depopulation" which Japan is confronting for the first time in its post-war experience, environmental and structural changes in local societies are also occurring.

In order to realize sustainable, mature local communities under such conditions, LORC is committed to cross-linked theoretical and practical research by pursuing collaborations between local communities and the University.

Specifically, LORC carries out, in the first instance, within the field of local public policy studies, comparative studies on policies and institutional infrastructures.

Such research focuses on urban policies as well as rural policies, and considers policy responses to depopulation and economic stagnation at the local level as well as building institutional infrastructures that promote the practical realisation of such policies.

Secondly, as part of its research into the cultivation of "local public human resources," LORC engages in practical initiatives and social experimentation, targeting various locales. Such initiatives include the creation of a framework for the social recognition of qualifications in local public human resources, the development and operation of support programs for cultivating local public human resources, local energy policies and greenhouse gas mitigation, and the project for local collaboration in the northern area of Kyoto prefecture.

Through such research projects, LORC aims to explore the most appropriate systems to foster the human resources which are required by today's local communities.

At the same time, LORC aims to contribute to the realization of a vibrant and dynamic civil society by deepening the collaboration between the University and local communities.

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