Name NIWA Yukari
Official Title Associate Professor
Affiliation Restoration Ecology and Built Environment, Environmental Studies
Profile My specialty is city planning and architecture planning. In recent years, weather disasters have frequently been occurring around the world. So, in my laboratory, we focus on improving evacuation awareness and disaster prevention behavior of various persons in areas at risk of flooding and earthquakes. Our research aims to make a city that is comfortable for people, such as the elderly, kids, and foreigners. We analyze and evaluate urban spaces, road networks, accessibility for public transportation to prepare for disaster. This aspect is helpful for vulnerable people when an earthquake or flooding happens.
Our department aims to educate people who would like to be the ones who can apply a wide variety of knowledge and intelligence to the restoration of ecosystems, cities, regions, and the global environment. In my laboratory, you can study environmental problems from a scientific perspective and learn the policies and measures to solve those problems.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. (1) Disaster prevention for vulnerable people

    Disasters do not occur in the same way in every part of the region. Even if residents live in the same area, they may face different difficulties during a disaster depending on their age and physical strength. It is essential to understand the disaster risks in their area of residence. In my laboratory, the research targets are vulnerable people who have problems evacuating, such as the elderly, pregnant women, and wheelchair users. In particular, we analyze the accessibility from home to evacuation shelter and the structure of their consciousness for disaster prevention. Moreover, we discuss how to design a city to live comfortably and safely where vulnerable people can live comfortably.

  2. (2) Urban Riverfront Safety & QOL

    Our laboratory analyzes the synergetic effects of "preparations for city-type flood disaster" and "attractive waterfront space use." Our study focuses on the value of green networks, acknowledged as part of systems for improving and maintaining urban infrastructure for river basins and urban areas. Moreover, this study analyzes the function and services of green networks using an observational survey and questionnaire referring to projects advancing in cities worldwide.

Representative Papers
  1. (1) The impact of the “COVID-19 life” on the Tokyo metropolitan area households with primary school-aged children: A study based on spatial characteristics,Shun Tomikawa, Yukari Niwa, Hwajin Lim, Maiko Kida Journal of Urban Management, 10(2) 139-154 2021.
  2. (2) Evacuation awareness and information gathering of the elderly living in Setagaya-Ku when typhoon 19 approaches 2019, Shun Tomikawa, Ryu Mori, Yukari Niwa, Shigehiro Yokota, AIJ Journal of Technology and Design 27(65) 568-573, 2021.
  3. (3) Analysis of Travel Behavior Changes Caused by the State of Emergency as the Measures for COVID-19 in Japan, Yining LIU, Kentaro HONMA, Yuko ARAI, Yukari NIWA, Takahiko KUSAKABE, CSIS DAYS 2020, 2020.
  4. (4) Analysis of the plan for ""kawamachizukuri"" aiming to integrate river space and town space, Rui KADOYA, Yukari NIWA, Shigehiro YOKOTA, AIJ Journal of Technology and Design 26(64) 1161-1166, 2020.
  5. (5) Usage and evaluation of the greenway for elderly: A case study of green matrix system in kohoku new town, Ryosuke ARAKAWA, Yukari NIWA, AIJ Journal of Technology and Design 26(64) 1179-1184, 2020.
  6. (6) Development and application of the evaluation tool for the citizen-participated monitoring on runoff control utilizing private gardens, Shigehiro YOKOTA, Yukari NIWA, AIJ Journal of Technology and Design 26(64) 1270-1275, 2020.
  7. (7) Landscape planning based on EBPM: Location prioritization of green space management, Hwajin Lim, Yukari Niwa, Manabu Tange, Regional Science Policy and Practice, 2020.
  8. (8) Questionnaire Study on the Relationship: Between Disaster Awareness and the Recognition of Evacuation Points, NIWA Yukari, BURGESS Andrew, ITO Kaori, Urban and Regional Planning Review 5(0) 43-66, 2018.
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) Yes (1peple)
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) (1) Architectural Institute of Japan
(2) The City Planning Institute of Japan
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Road network analysis, Disaster awareness survey, Behavioral characteristics
Education Field (Graduate level) Disaster tolerance