This project comprises of two research units, historical database unit for historians and spatial analysis unit for hydrologists and meteorologists.
The University of Tokyo, Institute for Future Initiatives, Project Professor
Kawasaki aims to explore the dynamism of Asian social economy during the 19th and 20th centuries by applying spatial analysis to a spatial information database built from materials and data aggregated by historians. By employing the spatial analysis methods such as GIS, overlaying, and statistical estimation, Kawasaki leads the spatial analysis unit to shed lights on the interactions between the natural environments and the human socio-economic activities.
Kawasaki has studied water cycle, integration of information related water, flood and poverty in the developing countries, hydroelectric power and irrigation, land use models, and GIS. His research was awarded Excellent Research Award (Sep. 2013) by The Kurita Water and Environment Foundation (KWEF), and Young Researcher Award (Oct. 2010) by GIS Association of Japan.
Ph. D and M. S. (major: Environmental Management), Yokohama National University. Prior to the current position at the University of Tokyo, Kawasaki has the teaching and research positions at Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University, Center for Geographic Analysis and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University., Institute for Sustainability and Peace, United Nations University, and School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology.