Hokkaido University Research Profiles

Tourism / Community development

Community Development and Environmental Conservation through Interview Surveys

Consensus building based on diversity

Based on fieldwork in the Solomon Islands, Miyagi, and Hokkaido, we are studying the relationship between nature and local communities, and are conducting research on and implement the promotion of environmental conservation and community development from the bottom up. After the Great East Japan Earthquake, we have been conducting research in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, to support reconstruction efforts.

Content of research

We are conducting research to apply "interviews" to policies and activities. Local residents, researchers, and students collaborate to investigate people, nature, history, culture, and social issues in local communities, to identify issues, think of solutions, and consider the future of the region. We are practicing and applying the methods of interviewing and verbatim recording as tools for this purpose. We are researching the possibilities of qualitative research (interviews and verbatim recording) as a way of visualizing what cannot be seen in conventional quantitative research (statistics and questionnaires) and workshops, and to build relationships of trust.

Potential for social implementation

  • ・Interview surveys and associated workshops that contribute to community development and civic activities in the region (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture; Hidaka Town, Hokkaido)
  • ・Participatory regional planning (Nanporo Town, Hokkaido)
  • ・Preparing booklets on interviews and verbatim recording as a means of community development and participatory environmental conservation (Hidaka Town, Hokkaido; Omaezaki City, Shizuoka Prefecture)

Appealing points to industry and local governments

Interviews are very important as a means of highlighting various thoughts and issues in the community that are difficult to come out in a statistical survey or one-off workshop.