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About the Group Group of Sustainable Development

Capacity building for dealing with complex urban environmental problems

The Group of Sustainable Development Studies consists of faculty members from different fields of specialization, such as civil engineering, architecture, chemistry, and informatics, to conduct research and education on a wide range of urban environmental issues.

By gaining knowledge about approaches to problems from different disciplines, students will learn to deal with contemporary environmental problems complicated by various factors.


Group of Sustainable Development consists of following courses, Carbon Free, Safe, and Smart Society / Land, Urban and Mobility Design / Material and Energy Design / Environmental System for Stock-type Society / Environmental Systems and Planning

Department of Environmental  Engineering and Architecture, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University, JAPAN Group of Sustainable Development

  • Designing Sustainable Cities and Lands
    Carbon Free, Safe, and Smart Society

  • Sustainable technology system
    Land, Urban and Mobility Design

  • Sustainable use of materials
    Material and Energy Design

  • Sustainable stock-type society
    Environmental System for Stock-type Society

  • Sustainable city planning
    Environmental Systems and Planning

Group of Sustainable Development
Overview of Units

Carbon Free, Safe, and Smart Society

Cities and national land in the future will be required to achieve a significant reduction in their environmental burden on the earth by promoting decarbonization and resource saving measures. At the same time, they should also respond to major natural disasters which are likely to increase in intensity due to climate change, and population decline and super-aging society which are often observed when an economy matures, so that people can enjoy a stable and affluent life. In this unit, we conduct education and research on technology and system organizations for effectively utilizing land resources, and improving, maintaining, and managing good building and infrastructure stock that will contribute to the realization of cities and national land supporting sustainable development.

Land, Infrastructure and Mobility Design

Our research aims are: to develop a methodology to establish and maintain beautiful urban environments that are both economically and environmentally sustainable; to establish a social infrastructure that ensures comfortable and congenial living, and to develop an evaluation method for the appropriate maintenance/management for this infrastructure; and to develop disaster-resistant urban buildings.

Material and Energy Design

In order to realize sustainable society, the dependence on limited resources should be overcome by promoting effective utilization of unused resources and waste. On the other hand, it is necessary to clean and remediate the environmental pollution of air, soil, and water with high efficiency and at low cost. To achieve these goals, material and energy conversion processes should be optimized by developing new functional materials, imparting them with environmental functions, and controlling the expression of such functions. In this field, we conduct research and education on the design of functional materials and evaluation of their performance.

Environmental System for Stock-type Society

To establish an ideal society with “Sustainability” and “Safety and Security”, we must understand complex environmental problems such as resource use and climate change. Our course focus on methodologies of environmental systems engineering that understands the connection between the natural environment and society: Stock-based society, Decarbonization society, and Sound material cycle society.

Environmental Systems and Planning

Human activities taking place on various spatial and temporal scales (such as cities, countries and the Earth as a whole) cause an enormous amount of resource/energy circulation and have a significant impact on the geosphere environment. With this in mind, we conduct research and education in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between spatial dynamics and environmental problems, such as the spatial relationship between regional economic growth/infrastructure development and resource presence/demand, the real status of urban development and industrial accumulation, and the impact of transportation infrastructure/logistics on regional economic growth/resource consumption. We also study and design the appropriate technological systems needed in order to achieve sustainable land use.

Group of Sustainable Development Studies
Academic Degrees

  • 名古屋大学大学院 環境学研究科
  • Doctor of Environmental Studies
  • Doctor of Engineering
  • Master of Environmental Studies
  • Master of Engineering

The Academic degree offered at the Group of Sustainable Development Studies are: Doctor of Environmental Studies, Doctor of Engineering, Master of Environmental Studies and Master of Engineering.

Nagoya University Global Environmental Leaders Program

名古屋大学国際環境人材育成プログラム 受講イメージ

Under the organization of the President of Nagoya University, the Nagoya University Global Environmental Leaders Program (NUGELP) is established to foster future environmental leaders in the world particularly in Asian and African countries. Students who belong to this group can take the all-English curriculum offered by the program.
※Upon completion of the required credits, students will receive a certificate of completion in addition to their degree.

More about NUGELP

Integrated Environmental Studies Course

名古屋大学国際環境人材育成プログラム 受講イメージ

The Integrated Environmental Studies Course is an educational program for doctoral course students, principally on the initiative of the Graduate School of Environmental Studies and the Department of Biosphere Resources Science of the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences. This Program sought to integrate two fields which have not traditionally had a close relationship: diagnostic-type disciplines, such as earth sciences, ecology and geography, and treatment-type disciplines, such as engineering, agricultural studies and social studies. Through this integration, the program hoped to build an integrated center of education and research from which we can develop a new approach to environmental studies. Studnets who belong to the doctoral couser in this group can take this course.
※Those who complete the course will be given a “Certificate of Completion”.

More about Integrated Environmental Studies Course

Figure of Environmental Studies
About the Graduate School of Environmental Studies

The Nagoya University Graduate School of Environmental Studies was established in 2001, providing the first interdisciplinary postgraduate course for environmental studies and education in Japan by integrating various disciplines fully ranging from natural sciences to engineering to arts and social sciences. The graduate school consists of three departments; “Earth and Environmental Sciences”, “Environmental Engineering and Architecture”, and “Social and Human Environment”. The courses are designed to increase the specialized knowledge of the field and, at the same time, embrace two specific and unique cross-disciplinary visions as its central concepts – “Sustainability” and “Safety and Security”.

Our educational objective is to foster skills and abilities to “create”, “apply”, and “integrate”. Our programs are designed to train students to gain knowledge in a wide spectrum of fields both in humanities and natural sciences beyond their field of study. The program also aims to give students leadership skills required in leading the community and organizations in a flexible manner. Through participation in collaborative projects, our students gain practical skills to resolve environmental issues which exist in the real world.

About the Department of Environmental Engineering and Architecture

The Department of Environmental Engineering and Architecture consists of two courses, the Group of Sustainable Development and the Architecture Course. We explore technologies and control systems which improve quality of life (Sustainability). In addition, we establish new relationships amongst natural environment, artificial environment, and human environment in the areas of architecture, urban development, and local areas (Safety and Security).

The Department of Environmental Engineering and Architecture consists of two courses, the Group of Sustainable Development and the Architecture Course, which are interconnected to understand the surrounding accademic fields.

Faculty Members Faculty and Research Fields


Carbon Free, Safe, and Smart Society

  • NAKAMURA Hideki Professor

    NAKAMURA Hideki


  • ZHANG Xi Lecturer

    ZHANG Xin


Traffic Engineering, Traffic Applications, Urban Transportation Policy, Traffic Safety, Road Design

Planning and design of road space and road structure for safe secure, and attractive urban development / Analysis of factors causing traffic accidents / Prediction of traffic congestion / Planning and design of roundabouts / Design and signal control of signalized intersections / Development of safety evaluation simulators

KATO Hirokazu Professor

KATO Hirokazu


Urban and regional strategy, Public transportation policy, Environmental assessment, life cycle assessment

Smart Growth of Cities in Developing Countries / Smart Shrink of Cities in Mature Countries / Evaluation of Social Capital and Urban Space Based on Quality of Life / Revitalization of Local Public Transport

IWAMATSU Sho-ichi Assoc. Prof.

Assoc. Prof.


Sustainable Manufacturing Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Carbon-based Material Chemistry

Chemical synthesis of organic materials with a low environmental impact and less effort (Responsible production, SDG Goal 12) / Facile syntheses of heterocyclic compounds for environmental applications / Chemical modification of nanocarbons (especially fullerenes)

FUJITA Tsuyoshi Visiting. Prof.

FUJITA Tshuyoshi
visiting Professor


Regional Circulating and Ecological System

Recycling-based Society, Urban energy management

Material and Energy Design

  • HIBINO Takashi Professor

    HIBINO Takashi


  • NAGAO Masahiro Assoc. Prof.

    NAGAO Masahiro
    Assoc. Prof.


Waste recycling, energy, hydrogen production, carbon neutrality

Hydrogen production from waste biomass plastic and fuel cell power generation / Carbon Dioxide Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS)

ZINCHENKO Anatoly Assoc. Prof.

Assoc. Prof.


Environmental Resource Chemistry, Polymer Material Chemistry, Biomaterials, Nanotechnology

Functional materials from biomass and plastic waste / Water cleaning / Green technologies / Nanomaterials and nanotechnologies

Environmental System for Stock-type Society

  • TANIKAWA Hiroki Professor

    TANIKAWA Hiroki


  • SHIRAKAWA Hiroaki Assoc. Prof.

    SHIRAKAWA Hiroaki
    Assoc. Prof.


  • YAMASHITA Naho Assis. Prof.

    Assis. Prof.


Urban environmental system engineering, Stock-based society, Environmental economics

Measurement of urban “weight” and sustainability / Stock-based society realizing tripartite integration of recycling, low carbon, and symbiosis with nature / Material flow and stock analysis

SHIRAKI Hiroto Assoc. Prof.

Assoc. Prof.


Energy system analysis, climate change mitigation, carbon neutral society

Technological and economic assessment of climate change mitigation measures, Energy consumption behavior analysis, Power and energy system analysis using mathematical models

HIRAYAMA Nagahisa Assoc. Prof.

Assoc. Prof.


Disaster Environment Management, Sanitary Engineering

System to grasp the amount of disaster waste / Action plan for disposal of disaster waste / Way to reconfigure the water distribution network in a society with a shrinking population

  • ICHINOSE Toshiaki visiting Professor

    ICHINOSE Toshiaki
    visiting Professor


  • NANSAI Keisuk visiting Professor

    NANSAI Keisuke
    visiting Professor


  • 藤井 実 客員教授

    FUJII Minoru
    visiting Professor


Low-carbon city policy, formation of regional circulation zone, urban heat consideration policy, environmental problems in Asia

Analysis of construction material stock

Environmental Systems and Planning

  • MORI Yasuhiro Professor

    MORI Yasuhiro


  • OZAKI Fuminobu

    OZAKI Fuminobu
    Assoc. Prof.


  • Sihwan LEE Professor

    LEE Sihwan
    Assoc. Prof.


Building structural engineering, reliability and risk engineering, seismic engineering

Performance design / Effective seismic retrofitting strategies from the perspective of the entire city / Development of reliability evaluation methods for structural systems

Land, Urban and Mobility Design

  • MORIKAWA Takayuki Professor

    MORIKAWA Takayuki


  • TASHIRO Mutsumi Concurrent Faculty Member

    TASHIRO Mutsumi
    Concurrent Faculty Member


Transportation Planning, Advanced Mobility, Urban Planning, Consumer Behavior

Research on environmentally sustainable urban transportation policies (e.g., reducing the influx of cars in urban centers, promoting park-and-ride, and introducing surface public transportation) / Next-generation transportation systems such as automated driving and Connected Car.

IRYO Miho Assoc. Prof.

Assoc. Prof.


Traffic Engineering, Traffic Planning

Pedestrian and vehicular traffic flow simulation / Analysis of pedestrian traffic flow characteristics / Clarification of user movement characteristics according to the geometric structure conditions of the station square / Study of pedestrian signal control in accordance with the actual user conditions / Evaluation of intersection safety

Prospective Students

The entrance examination of Sustainable Development Course is held every year in August and in February (if the enrolment capacity is not filled). TOEFL/TOEIC scores obtained within 2 years before the examination should be submitted instead of taking English examination.

The latest information about the entrance examination and the past examination problems are available here. Sustainable Development Course provides the entrance examination system considering prospective students regardless of their disciplinary and academic background. For further information, please directly contact your prospective supervisor.

Some of the professors in Sustainable Development Course also offer Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program as a part of Global 30 International Programs, which are full-degree programs taught entirely in English. Please visit the website for the curriculum, the list of the laboratories and the admission procedure.

You can choose to join the “Global Environmental Leader Program (NUGELP)” for Master Course and “Integrated Environmental Studies Course” for Doctor Course as additional courses to the degree programs.

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Sustainable Development Course

Next Entrance Examination Schedule February 2024 ※Application guidelines will be released in mid-late November.

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