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Sho Hongwei Hsiao Kojiro Last modified date:2023.04.20

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Academic Degree
Ph. D., Master of Science
Country of degree conferring institution (Overseas)
Yes Bachelor Master
Field of Specialization
Urban planning, community empowerment
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Outline Activities
My research aim to construct a new theoretical framework for the urban space through revealing various phenomena related to urban space in Asian cities utilizing both quantitative and qualitative analyses to objectively describe the phenomena and issues of the urban space.
My social activities include continuous participation of various regional revitalization efforts and municipal committees in Fukuoka City, Itoshima City, Osaka City, Chihayaakasaka Village, etc., cooperation with various stakeholders such as local private sectors, community organizations or other non-profit organizations that also contribute to my research and education activities.
Regarding my contribution to the international academic community, I have been the reviewer of international journals including Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Housing Policy Debate, City, Culture and Society, Geographical Research, The Professional Geographer, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, Journal of Engineering and Applied Science, Urban and Regional Planning Review, etc. and also contributing as a reviewer for Architectural Institute of Japan, The City Planning Institute of Japan and Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, etc.
Research Interests
  • International research on the spatial transformation process of Neoliberalism urban space and construction of inclusive urban planning theory
    keyword : Neoliberalism, Inclusive city, Globalization, Gentrification, Social disparity
  • The function as third place of urban space for park users based on PPP-oriented park revitalization approach
    keyword : urban park, activity, Tennoji park, Tenshiba, Park-PFI
Academic Activities
1. Hongwei Hsiao, Spatial distribution of urban gardens on vacant land and rooftops: A case study of 'The Garden City Initiative' in Taipei City, Taiwan, URBAN GEOGRAPHY, 10.1080/02723638.2021.1901036, 43, 8, 1150-1175, 2022.09, The use of vacant land and rooftop spaces for UGs are gradually becoming widespread with the increasing awareness of the effects and benefits of urban gardens (UGs) by citizens. Four types of UGs exist under the policy of "The Garden City Initiative" (GCI) by using vacant land and rooftops. The policies concerning the operation of these UGs under the GCI policy are first clarified. The study's hypothesis is as follows: in this continuously developing city, the surface area of UGs on vacant land and rooftops decreases as the UGs' accessibility to public transportation is better/more convenient. Using the data of all 742 UGs in Taipei, this study clarifies the spatial distribution of UGs in the city's 12 districts determined using a GIS, and the correlations between the UGs' surface areas and their proximity to public transportation (including MRT stations and city bus stops) by each UG type and each district were calculated..
2. Kojiro Sho, Urban centre revival and the changing locations of condominiums, GEOGRAPHICAL RESEARCH, 10.1111/1745-5871.12548, 60, 3, 431-445, 2022.08, After major population decline in the 1970s, Japan's urban centres experienced population recoveries as a consequence of urban centre revival (UCR). This research explored the transitions undergone by condominiums because of UCR since the 1990s in Nishi Ward, one of the six central wards in the city of Osaka, Japan. Osaka is representative of Japan's other major urban centres, and its urban regeneration policies were considered a major factor affecting the UCR, which resulted in an increase in the number of urban centre condominiums. The main hypothesis was that the location of condominiums is gradually changing to areas with high accessibility to public transportation that are undergoing UCR. Analysis was made of 460 condominium buildings across the Waterfront, Central, and West areas of Nishi Ward from the 1970s to the 2010s. Gaps in the supply of condominiums and significant differences among the condominiums in the three areas were observed. Ultimately, the influence of local urban regeneration policy on the condominiums in Nishi Ward was found to be limited. Usefully, too, the work has wider significance for scholars wanting to understand intensive urban development..
Membership in Academic Society
  • Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture
  • Association of Urban Housing Sciences
  • The City Planning Institute of Japan
  • Architectural Institute of Japan
  • Japan Society of Civil Engineers
Professional and Outreach Activities
Planning and holding the The 17th Conference of International Development and Urban Planning (Dec. 2021) as the secretary of ASIAN AND AFRICAN CITY PLANNING GROUP.