Study at TCU


Name LIM Hwajin
Official Title Associate Professor
Affiliation Urban Life Studies
Profile I am an urban planner and spatial analyst with international background and experience with spatial planning of city region. Especially, I am conducting research on data analysis of urban innovation and urban dynamics.
I have conducted research on urban and regional planning in Asia, mainly in Korea and Japan, and have developed various indicators for evaluating evidence-based urban and regional planning through quantitative analysis using big data and spatial data. In recent years, I have also been conducting research on the consideration of human connections using COVID-19.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. Regional Economics & Innovation dynamics

    Research on quantitative analysis and urban models of regional economies

  2. Network Analysis & GIS

    Using spatial information science to analyze current conditions and factors in cities and regions. Quantitative analysis for human relationships.

  3. Urban Digital Transformation

    Policy Recommendations through Empirical Research on Urban Digital Transformation for Smart Cities

  4. EBPM(Evidence Based Policy Making)

    Basic and empirical research on grounded scientific policy studies

  5. International Studies of Urban and Regional Planning

    Urban and regional policy research based on international perspectives

Representative Papers
  1. Hwajin Lim and Changyo Han (2021) “National Borders Transcended: The Impact of Geographical Proximity on the Growth of Global Innovation Networks among Cities in East Asia,” International Journal of Urban Sciences
  2. Shun Tomikawa, Yukari Niwa, Lim Hwajin(Corresponding author), and Maiko Kida (2021) “The impact of the “COVID-19 life” on the Tokyo metropolitan area households with primary school-aged children: A study based on spatial characteristics,” Journal of Urban Management.
  3. Hwajin Lim, Yukari Niwa, and Manabu Tange (2020) “Landscape planning based on EBPM: Location prioritization of green space management,” Regional Science Policy & Practice, 2020; 1–21.
  4. Hwajin LIM, Seungmin LEE, Yerim YANG, ANALYSIS OF DIALOG PROCESS AND ROLE OF UNIT MASTER IN RENOVATION SCHOOL, AIJ Journal of Technology and Design (2020), Volume 26, Issue 64, Pages 1167-1172, Released October 20, 2020, Online ISSN 1881-8188, Print ISSN 1341-9463,,,
  5. Hwajin Lim, Sunghyun Park (2020)A Study on the Usability of Paper and Digital media for local information though the Survey on the Use of Map in Japan and a Social Experiment in Futakotamagawa in Tokyo, Vol.22・No2, pp.26-38.
  6. Hwajin Lim, Sunghyun Par (2020) Analysis of mobile spatial big data at Tama New Town, Korean cadaster information association, Vol.22・No.1,pp.95-107,2020.
  7. Hwajin Lim, Hyunyoung Ryu, and Jeongchan Lee(2020) A Comparative Study of Smart City Projects and Strategies in Korea and Japan, Journal of Korea Planners Association, vol. 55, no. 2, pp. 143-155, 2020
  8. Hwajin Lim, Sangyon Lim (2019) Changing Process of decision making for the Linear-Shinkansen Route selection through text-mining, Korean cadaster information association, Journal of Korean cadaster information association,vol.21・No1,pp.99~116
  9. Chikako Goto, Sae Kondo, Hwajin Lim, Hideki Koizumi, Yuko Miki, Mariko Tsuji (2019) The Study on developing Nursery Facilities by Private Sector using Private Land in Residential Area, Journal of the City Planning Institute of Japan Volume 54, Issue 3, Pages 1168-1175, Released November 06, 2019, Online ISSN 2185-0593, Print ISSN 0916-0647,,
  10. Hwajin Lim,Tetsuo Kidokoro(2017) Comparing a spatial structure of innovation network between Korea and Japan: through the analysis of co-inventors' network,Asia-Pacific Journal of Regional Science.
Award JAPA, Best Paper of young researcher, 2012
JAPA, Best Presentation of conference, 2012
CPIJ, Best Paper award, 2013
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Research Grants/Projects including subsidies, donations, grants, etc. Sep 2012 - Dec 2012 Research Announcement "Small Research, Good Seoul", Seoul Research Institute (former (2) Seoul Metropolitan Government Development Institute), Principal Investigator, 5 million won (500 thousand yen)
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research 17H07157 Research on Spatial Model of Global Innovation Network in East Asia, Research Activity Start-up Support, Principal Investigator, 2,470,000 yen (2017-2018)
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research 17H07157 Spatial Model of Global Innovation Network in East Asia, Research Activities Start-up Support, Research Supervisor, 2,470,000 yen (2017-2018)
Collaborative research with Toyota Motor Corporation, Tokyo City University, Research subcontractor, Total amount: 40,000,000 yen, 6,204,000 yen (January 2018 - June 2018)
Evaluation of urban residential environment based on children's perceptions of future child-rearing -Tokyo and Seoul-, Research subcontributor, 1,000,000 yen (April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021) (April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021)
Research Grant-in-Aid for Housing Research 2008: Housing needs of foreign households with children and current status and issues of support measures by local governments, PI, 970,000 yen (26 Jun. 2020 - 31 Oct. 2021)
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research 20H02325International comparative study on elucidation of spatial transformation process of neoliberal cities and construction of inclusive urban planning theory, Fundamental Research (B), project leader, 16510 thousand yen (1 Apr. 2020 - 31 Mar. 2023)
Murata Foundation for the Promotion of Science, Research Grant M21, 006, Interdisciplinary Study on the Development of Multicultural Competence Indicators for Local Communities in Metropolitan Tokyo: A Case Study of White-Collar Migrants, Principal Investigator, 1,000,000 yen (Jun. 2021-May 2022)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) Yes (1 person)
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) Korea Planning Association(regular member)
Architectural Institute of Japan (regular member)
The city planning institute of Japan (regular member)
Japan Association of Regional Development and Vitalization (regular member)
Japan Society for Multicultural Relations (regular member)
Education Field (Undergraduate level) Statistics and Analysis (3rd year, 2 credits)
Marketing Research Seminar 1 (1st year, required course, 2 credits)
Marketing Research Seminar 3 (2nd year or above, specialized subject, 2 credits)
Area Marketing (3rd year, specialized subject, 2 credits)
Urban Economics (1st year, required course, 2 credits)
Education Field (Graduate level) Advanced Urban Systems