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MIYAUCHI Taisuke Professor

Human Sciences / Regional Sciences
Specialized Field
environmental sociology, development sociology, regional sociology
Research Subject
Sociological study on nature, community, environmental policy and participation. Development sociological study on migration, livelihood and labour in the Solomon Islands.
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Lab. Letters: Messages from the Laboratory

Shedding light on small communities based on information obtained through field work

The discipline of environmental sociology arose in Japan as a reaction to the environmental catastrophe of Minamata disease. It addresses the environment not through conventional scientific approaches, but from the perspective of social mechanisms. It’s particularly important that researchers in this field should hold the same perspectives as held by ordinary people.

Our research is largely based on field work. Students experience the profundity and fascination of field work through a series of experiences, including prior information gathering, onsite relationship-building, interviews and after-action analyses. Our ultimate goal is to highlight affairs and issues happening in actual small communities, not in society as a whole as seen in the media.

  • The Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, which professor Miyauchi has been visiting for 18 years. Walking in the forests there, you can encounter intact nature, artificially planted vegetation and semi-domesticated plants.

The diversity of a university has become a new incentive for conducting the next research.
A research environment complete with human resources and facilities

Hokkaido University, which is blessed with the advantages specific to a university, is an ideal learning environment for environmental sociologists. With various research realms related to the environment, the university has a surprising number of researchers specializing in natural science and social science. Symposiums and seminars that have fused various fields are frequently held, providing opportunities where participants can learn about new incentives for working on the next research.

The university also has a vast, precious library collection, including documents from the prewar period, in which I was able to find literature I’d long been looking for. The latest facilities that allow researchers to read electronic journals are available. The finest research environment in Japan, one blessed with excellent human resources and advanced facilities, will encourage aspiring students to become involved in research on sociology.

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