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Official Title Professor
Affiliation Fuculty of Environmental Studies
Profile Ryuzo Furukawa is a professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, Tokyo City University. He received a BS in 1996 and a MS in 1998 from the University of Tokyo. From 1998 to 2005, he served as a researcher in the Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., during which time he got interested in innovation research. He received a PhD in innovation research from the Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, the University of Tokyo, in 2005. From then on, he has been at the Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University, and developing new methodologies such as lifestyle design by backcasting, nature technology, lifestyle analysis by using ontology engineering, and solution creation methods. He has interviewed more than 600 90-year-old people to research old lifestyles and find sustainable ones and is dedicated to finding a framework of lifestyle innovation that makes possible a sustainable society living in harmony with nature. He is also the founder of “Mirai no Kurashi Sozo Juku,”and association for learning about social innovation. It is running several projects with the local government and companies. Prof. Furukawa has authored or coauthored more than 55 academic papers and 20 books and won 9 awards.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. Sustainable lifestyle, Lifestyle innovation, Nature technology, Backcasting, Ontology engineering

    This research aims to achieve lifestyle innovation for sustainable society. Main method for this study is backcasting to create new lifestiles, nature techonology to learn from nature and nature circulation system, and 90 year-old- hearing to learn from old sustainable lifestyle in Japan.

Representative Papers
  1. (1)Ryuzo Furukawa, Emile H.Ishida, Yuko Suto, Yamauchi Takeshi, Kobayashi Hidetoshi, Kobayashi Toru, Yoshinori Fujihira, Yuta Uchiyama, Ryo Kohsaka, edited by Ryuzo Furukawa, Lifestyle and Nature: Integrating Nature Technology to Sustainable Lifestyles, Pan Stanford Publishing Pte Ltd,423p(2019).
  2. (2)Ryuzo Furukawa, Chapter 12, 90 Year-Old Hearing for Sustainable Lifestyles in Japan, ‘Ageing, Ingenuity and Design’,Yanki Lee and Patricia Moore(Eds), 142-153,247p, DESIS network(2015).
  3. (3)Emile H. Ishida, Ryuzo Furukawa, Nature Technology – Creating a Fresh Approach to Technology and Lifestyle, Springer(2013).
  4. (4)Emile H. Ishida, Hirotaka Maeda, Ryuzo Furukawa and Yuko Suto, Nature Technology for the Creation of Innovative Life, Handbook of advanced ceramics, Chapter 11.2.5, 1189-1202(2013).
  5. (5)Emile H. Ishida, Ryuzo Furukawa, Hirotaka Maeda, Channeling the Forces of Nature Saving the world as we know it, 1-162 Tohoku Univ. Press (2010).
Award Good design award 2012
Good design award 2013
Japan Awards for Biodiversity 2013
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Research Grants/Projects including subsidies, donations, grants, etc. Creating a Fountain of Future Lifestyle Ideas supported by JST-RISTEX(2015-2019)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) NO
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) Japan Society for Research Policy and Innovation Management, Japanese Material Research Society, Japanese Society for Envrionmental Education
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Environmental management, CSR, Sustainable consumption
Education Field (Graduate level) Environment and Risk Society