Faculties and Graduate Schools

Center for Social Systems Innovation

  • Updated on March 1, 2016


Our Goals

The origins of Kobe University can be traced back to 1902, when the Kobe Higher Commercial School was established as Japan’s second national institution for higher learning in commerce. In 1929, it was renamed the Kobe University of Commerce, and in 1944 became the Kobe University of Economics. In 1949, under the new educational system, it merged with other institutions to become Kobe University. It has gone from having a single social science faculty at the start to now having five (four graduate schools and one research institute), with more than 220 full-time members of the teaching staff, making this university one of Japan’s leading institutions for research in the social sciences. From the start, there has been a strong academic tradition of practical learning at Kobe University. However, as the field of research has become increasingly fragmented with the progress of research in the social sciences and the economic and social issues facing the world have become increasingly complex, society demands that researchers from various fields come together and consciously promote high-level, interdisciplinary research. As a center to put such research into practice, the Kobe University Interfaculty Initiative in the Social Sciences (IISS) was established in April 2012, where the five social science organizations have worked together to carry out a range of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary projects.

In April 2016,the IISS was reorganized and the Center for Social Systems Innovation (CFSSI) was created in order to frame this type of inquiry as comprehensive research on social systems innovation and give it even greater emphasis. The center is continuing to carry out the interdisciplinary work started under the IISS, and is working in collaboration with other research organizations within the university, including the Graduate School of Science, Technology and Innovation established in FY2016, to promote research that utilizes a social systems innovation approach and integrates the arts and sciences in order to help find solutions to social issues.

CFSSI seeks not only to produce research papers, but also to broadly disseminate the findings through symposia, research seminars, and other events, and to offer policy recommendations and implement recommendations in society in order to encourage real innovation in social systems.

Project List

I. Environment and Resource System Innovation Section

●Research on Global Green Supply Chain

●Research on the Introduction and Diffusion of New Resources and Technologies to Protect the Environment

●Research on Social Systems to Achieve Efficient Environmental and Resource Systems

II. Health and Welfare System Innovation Section

●Research on the Management of Healthcare Institutions

●Market Analysis of Medical and Health Services and Research on Reform of the Health Insurance System

III. Finance and IT System Innovation Section

●Research on the Application of IT in Finance and Social Innovation

●Research on Expanded Usage of IT

●Research on Preparing Social Systems in Response to Advancements in IT

IV. Market Research Section

●Research on Individual and Business Behavior and on Inter-Business Relations

●Research on Macro-Level Growth and Innovation

V. Social System Research Section

●Research on Social Systems and Innovation

●Research on Globalization and Social Systems

●Research on Corporate and Governmental Governance

●Research on Risk and Social Systems

●Research on Methods and Practices for Interdisciplinary Research and Education

VI. Entrepreneurship Research Section

●Research on Entrepreneurship Aimed at Producing Innovation


Director, Center for Social Systems Innovation SENSUI Fumio
Assistant Director of the Center; Head of Agriculture System Innovation Section KINUGASA Tomoko
Assistant Director of the Center; Head of Environmental and Resource System Innovation Section KAJIWARA Takehisa
Assistant Director of the Center; Head of Market Research Section YAMAZAKI Koji
Assistant Director of the Center; Head of Finance and IT System Innovation Section YAMORI Nobuyoshi
Head of Health and Welfare System Innovation Section FUJIOKA Yoshihide
Head of Entrepreneurship Research Section KUTSUNA Kenji
Head of Social System Research Section MATSUNAGA Nobuaki
Project Professor (Graduate School of Economics) OTSUKA Keijiro
Project Professor (Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies) TOYODA Toshihisa
Project Professor (Research Institute for Economics and Business dministration) NISHIMURA Kazuo
Project Professor (Graduate School of Law) NEGISHI Akira
Project Associate Professor (Graduate School of Business Administration) Gustavo Tanaka
Project Associate Professor (Graduate School of Economics) SUNAKAWA Takeki
Project Associate Professor (Graduate School of Business Administration) YAGI Michiyuki

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Tel. +81(0)78-881-1212
E-mail: cfssi-office@edu.kobe-u. ac.jp
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