Graduate School of Social Informatics

Academic Principles & Scheme

The Graduate School of Social Informatics consists of a single department, the Department of Social Informatics, which includes two special courses. Our main objective is to nurture the ability of human resources with a strong interest in social informatics, as well as to foster foresight, creativity, and originality to tackle problems related to this field. In order to achieve this, students study social informatics from the viewpoints of information science, economics, business administration, and education, and their ability to comprehensively solve problems is nurtured.

Campus of Attendance

Social Informatics Course

Academic Excellence

This Course focuses on three viewpoints. First, from the viewpoint of the social sciences, we hold special lectures on theories of applied economics, and other areas, in order to nurture individuals who can analyze data using information technology, understand logical activities, and prepare methods for problem solving. Second, from the combined viewpoint of human beings, society, and information, we hold special lectures on theories of organizational psychology, knowledge management, etc., in order to foster individuals who can interpret human psychology and the human element in companies, as well as explain the effects that a knowledge-based society has on human beings. Third, from the viewpoint of information science, we hold special lectures on theories of computer networks, data systems, and so on, in order to nurture system engineers who can apply their understanding of finance and policy while considering organizations and psychology, and who can incorporate social needs into technology.

Human Innovation Course

Academic Excellence

Based on the educational policy of "pedagogy that produces the true power of execution," the aim of this Course is to provide an education that combines the study of initiative, emerging intelligence, and organizational innovation. Some examples of course themes include principles of pedagogy, theories of human innovation, principles of the study of initiative, theories of social systems, emergent learning environments, creative expertise, school system innovation, and innovation in public support systems. Furthermore, we have established a course model that enables students to become learning environment designers at educational institutions, community designers in public institutions/NPOs, and organizational innovation designers in companies, where social needs are very high.


Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
FUKIHARU, Toshitaka [Ph.D (Economics)] Public Economics
HIRAKIZAWA, Eisuke [Master of Arts in Economics] Economics (International Finance)
IIJIMA, Yasuhiro [Master of Engineering] ICT Business and Information Policy, Information Society Theory
INAZUMI, Hiroshige [Doctor of Engineering] Knowledge Discovery from Mass/Complicated Information, Data Mining
ISHIDA, Hiroyuki [Ph.D. (Economics)] Energy Economics, Energy Security and Global Environmental Issues
IWAI, Chihiro [Doctor (Economics)] Finance/Securities, Corporate Governance
KARIYADO,Toshibumi [Ph.D.] Learning Environment Design
KOIKE, Kazuhiko [Doctor of Science] Representation Theory, Combination Theory
MIYAGAWA, Hiroyuki [Master of Engineering] Information Systems
NAGAHASHI, Toru [Master of Economics] Economics (Economic Policy)
SATO, Toshihiko [M.P.H. (Master of Public Health)] Public Health (particularly epidemiology), health information, risk assessment
SUZUKI, Hiroaki [Doctor (Education)] Cognitive Science of Understanding/Creation/Discovery
TAKAGI, Kotaro [Doctor of Philosophy] Developmental Psychology, Forensic Psychology
YANO, Koichi [Doctor of Science] Dynamical Systems, Topology

Associate Professor
Name [Academic Degree] Area of Expertise
FUSHIYA, Hirotaka [Doctor (Mathematical Science)] Probability Theory, Mathematical Finance
ITO, Kazunari [Doctor (Engineering)] Media Information Processing, Natural Language Processing
KAGAWA, Shuta [Doctor of Psychology] Community and organisational learning theory, situated learning theory (activity theory)
KIYONARI, Toko [Doctor (Behavioral Science)] Experimental Social Science, Evolutionary Psychology
LAMBACHER, Stephen [Ph.D. (Cognitive Science)] L2 Acquisition, Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (Mall), Social Media
MINAKI, Takeo [Doctor of Commerce] Stock/Securities Theory, Finance, Behavioral Finance
MIYAJI, Yutaka [Master of Engineering] Information Engineering and Robotics
MURATA, Kazuyoshi [Doctor of Engineering] Human Interfaces
TERAO, Atsushi [Ph.D.] Cognitive Science
YONEYAMA, Asuka [Doctor of Literature] English Phonetics, English Teaching and Pronunciation