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Sustainability and Resilience

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    Sustainability and Resilience

    Research focus since October 2022

    Head of research group: Markus Heckel

    Sustainability and resilience lie at the heart of any long-term strategy. Whereas sustainability is concerned with the intertemporal allocation of scarce resources, resilience focuses on the ability to cope with adverse events.

    Projects in this research cluster include analyses of developments and events that put sustainability and resilience in Japan at risk, such as fiscal debt, ageing and population decline, climate change, pandemic diseases or natural disasters, as well as studies on how and to what extent sustainability and resilience are conceived, pursued and achieved. The level of analysis may range from the individual, families, communities, organizations and to Japan as a whole. The research designs include historic, comparative and transnational perspectives.

    Related Research Projects

    COVID-19: Japan’s handling of a new challenge in international comparison

    Economic Discourses of Monetary Policy – The Case of the Bank of Japan

    Japan's economic challenges ahead - Abenomics and beyond

    Listening to the Community: Grassroots Mental Healthcare in Local Communities

    Living and Dying with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS): Options of Social Participation, Life-Sustaining Treatments, and Euthanasia in Germany and Japan

    Publication Project: Ageing and Elderly Care in German and Japanese Communities

    Regional diversity of well-being in Japan

    Representations of Disabilities in Contemporary Japanese Literature

    Social movements and gender in post-3.11 Japan

    Supplementing activities of resilience: The impact of demographic change on local activities and civic engagement

    Sustainable Consumption

    The Political Economy of Carbon Pricing and Green Finance. Comparing the EU and Japanese Discourses and Policy Approaches

    The Sociology of Pets in Contemporary Japan

    The Values of Sustainability and the Sustainability of Values in Contemporary Japan

    Completed Projects

    Arts and Literature after Fukushima

    Local Issues Take Stage – Culture and Community Revitalization

    The Risks and Opportunities of the ‘Hyper-Solo-Society’. (Re)Mapping Intimacy – Spatial Perspectives on Personal Relationships in Contemporary Japan

    Recent Publications

    Waldenberger, Franz & Ovsiannikov, Kostiantyn (2023). "Japans Gemeinden im demographischen Wandel: Eine quantitative Betrachtung". In: Chiavacci, David & Wieczorek, Iris (Eds.), Japan 2023: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (pp. 104-143). Iudicium. (Jahrbuch der Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung). LINK