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The Urban Institute was established on December 1st, 2015 as a leading economic, engineering, law, and medical research institute within Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan. The main focus of the Institute is to conduct empirical and theoretical research on complex urban and sustainable development challenges in order to provide effective policy recommendations. The Inclusive Wealth Report (IWR) published by the Institute’s collaborative researchers and sponsored by the UN Environment Programme is the first of its kind to define economic growth in a modern, holistic manner that aligns with the inclusive growth notions outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including the value for infrastructure, health, education, and nature. As such, the Urban Institute and the IWR are pioneering internationally-accepted standards for promoting inclusive, sustainable growth through the UN and other reputable supranational organizations.

Through multi-faceted, multi-disciplinary approaches, the Institute addresses a broad array of sustainable development challenges that underlie an increasingly digitalized, globalized, 21st century society. These include:

arrow Urbanization and regional development
arrow New transportation system
arrow Next-generation energy
arrow Low-carbon transportation
arrow Eco-friendly infrastructure
arrow Emissions reductions, waste management, and pollution controls
arrow Climate change mitigation and adaptation
arrow Biodiversity preservation
arrow Agriculture, livestock, forestry, and land use
arrow Green innovation, finance, and technology transfers
arrow Natural disaster preparedness
arrow Environmental and trade regulations
arrow Medical valuation
arrow Aging population
arrow Health, education, and social welfare

To date, the Urban Institute has published novel research in a wide range of leading peer-reviewed journals, including:

arrow Nature
arrow Science
arrow Nature Sustainability
arrow Global Environmental Change
arrow Environmental Research Letters
arrow Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
arrow Journal of Environmental Economics and Management
arrow Journal of Banking and Finance
arrow Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control
arrow The Energy Journal
arrow Experimental Economics
arrow Land Economics
arrow Environmental and Resource Economics
arrow Journal of Regulatory Economics
arrow Resource and Energy Economics

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 To be the best in economic research on sustainable urban and regional development problems and provide policy recommendation in collaboration with international and local authorities to achieve sustainable development.

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  Shunsuke Managi (Director)
  Kenichi Tsukahara
  Shinto Teramoto
  Takeru Sakai
  Shigemi Kagawa
  Akihito Ozaki
  Shuji Shimizu
  Kentaro Yoshida
  Edward Vickers
  Toshiko Nonomura

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Yoshinao Oeda
Nobuhiro Horii
Hirofumi Nakayama
Satoko Seino
Hidemichi Fujii
Kimihiko Hyakumura
Robert Lindner
Andrew J. Chapman
Akinori Kitsuki
Hironori Hayashi
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Alexander Ryota Keeley
Yoshitaka Tanaka
Shuning Chen
Kenichi Kurita
Sunbin Yoo
Yuko Kishikami
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