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Hosei University 
Faculty of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies 
Department of Global and Interdisciplinary Studies 

Visiting Associate Professor 
Heide IMAI 


 

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Career
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Hosei University  2013/04/01-Present 
Research Associate, Part-time Lecturer and Editor, Keio University, Faculty of System Engineering  2012/06/01-Present 
Adjunct Professor, International Christian University, Faculty of Sociology and Anthropology  2012/09/01-2013/03/31 
Postdoctoral Researcher, Hosei University, Faculty of Design and Engineering  2009/11/15-2012/05/15 
Visiting Lecturer, Keio University, Faculty of System Engineering  2009/11/30-2012/05/30 
Instructor, HTWK Leipzig, Faculty of Architecture  2010/05/01-2011/05/30 
Visiting Researcher, Hosei University, Faculty of Design and Engineering  2007/05/15-2008/05/14 
Research Assistant, Manchester Metropolitan University, MSA  2005/11/01-2007/05/01 
Visiting Researcher, Research Fellow and Instructor, Kyoto University, Faculty of Architecture  2006/06/22-2006/08/31 
Part-time Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, Faculty of Architecture  2004/11/01-2005/06/30 
Architect, OD 205 architectuur bv, Delft, Netherlands,  2002/04/01-2004/06/30 
Part-time Lecturer, HTWK Leipzig, Faculty of Architecture  1999/03/15-2001/06/30 

Academic background
Manchester Metropolitan University, MIRIAD  Manchester Institute of Research and Innovation in Art and Design  Urban Sociology  Doctor later  2009/11/15  Completed  UK 
Oxford Brookes University, School of Architecture  School of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering  Architectural and Cultural Studies  Doctor prophase  2005/08/31  Completed  UK 
HTWK Leipzig, University of Applied Science, Graduate School of Architecture and Engineering  Graduate School of Architecture and Engineering  Architecture, Urban Planning  Doctor prophase  2002/03/31  Completed  Germany 

Academic degrees
PhD, Urban Sociology  Manchester Metropolitan University  2009/11/15 
Master of Arts, Architectural and Cultural Studies  Oxford Brookes University  2005/08/31 
Dipl.Ing.Architect.  HTWK Leipzig  2002/03/31 

Licenses and qualifications
Dipl.Ing.Architect (BDA, NAI)  2002/03/31 

Research Areas
Urban Studies, City, 
Architecture History, Design 
(Urban) Sociology 
Human Geography 
Critical and Resilient Urbanism 

Research keywords
Urban Resistance and Resilience, Community Development and the future of Vernacular Landscapes in Global Cities 

Bibliography
• Imai, H. and M. Gibert (Eds.) (2019, forthcoming) Asian Alleyways: an Urban Vernacular in Times of Globalization (Amsterdam University Press),  Heide Imai Marie Gibert-Flutre  Amsterdam University Press  2019 
• Imai, H. (2017) Tokyo Roji - The Diversity and Versatility of Alleys in a City in Transition, Routledge,  Heide Imai  Routledge  2017/11/27  978-1138949102  The Japanese urban alleyway, which was once part of people’s personal spatial sphere and everyday life has been transformed by diverse and competing interests. Marginalised through the emergence of new forms of housing and public spaces, re-appropriated by different fields, and re-invented by the contemporary urban design discourse, the social meaning attached to the roji is being re-interpreted by individuals, subcultures and new social movements. The book will introduce and discuss examples of urban practices which take place within the dynamic urban landscape of contemporary Tokyo to portray the life cycle of an urban form being rediscovered, commodified and lost as physical space. 
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Papers
Research paper (scientific journal)  • Imai, H. (2017) Between Urban Poetics, Politics and Creativity - Urban Commons and Ordinary Places, GIS Journal, forthcoming, Volume 1, pp.117-24.  2017 
Research paper (scientific journal)  Imai, H. (2017) Back to the City - Sustainability and Creativity as a new Approach to revive the City from Inside, in Bremm, D. and L. Curtright (Eds) Sustainability and the City: Urban Poetics and Politics  2017 
Research paper (scientific journal)  • Imai, H. (2016) Situated Urban Rituals - Rethinking the meaning and practice of micro culture in cities in East Asia and Japan, GIS Journal, forthcoming, Volume 1, pp.41-86.  2016 
Research paper (scientific journal)  • Imai, H. (2015) Preserving Tokyo’s Alleyways: from marginal to neighbourhood place?, GIS Journal, forthcoming, Volume 1, pp.1-18  2015 
Research paper (scientific journal)  • Imai, H. (2013) The Liminal Nature of Alleyways: Understanding the Alleyway Roji as a ‘Boundary’ between Past and Present, Journal Cities, Special Issue on Urban Borderlands, October 2013, 58–66.  2013 
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Research presentations
Oral presentation(general)  Lecture Tokyo's Rojis, DAAD Butterbrot und Bier, DAAD Wissenschaftlicher Gespraechskreis,  2016/10 
Oral presentation(general)  Paper Presentation Social Tokyo Roji - Alleyways between Conflict and Cultural Innovation,  , Conference Lanes and Neighbourhoods in Cities in Asia, Asian Urbanisms Cluster at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore.  2016/06 
Oral presentation(general)  Paper Presentation Ordinary Scapes - taking back Streets, Alleys and other Everyday Niches  RE-DO Conference On Sustainability and Culture’s Role in Sustainable Futures, Aarhus, Denmark.  2015/10 
Oral presentation(general)  Paper Presentation, Whose right to stay? - Commercial and Residential Gentrification in the Case of traditional Neighbourhoods in Japan and Korea  Conference 2015, The Ideal City - between Myth and Reality, Italy.  2015/08 
Oral presentation(general)  Paper Presentation Insurgent Space in Tokyo? - Mobilizing Social Media for Urban Resilience and Situational Awareness to get back into public space,  Conference 2015, The Ideal City - between Myth and Reality, Italy.  2015/08 
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Alloted class
Urban Society 
Cultural Geography 
Modern Olympic Movement 
Tokyo Tales - Discovering the hidden city 
Sociology of Disaster 
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Memberships of academic societies
Association of Japanese Geographers, AJG,  2011/01/01-Present 
Research Committee 21 on Sociology of Urban and Regional Development of the International Sociological Association  2011/01/01-Present 
Architecture Humanities Research Association, AHRA  2009/01/01-Present 
European Association of Japanese Studies, EAJS  2008/01/01-Present 
JSPS, Japan Foundation, DAAD Alumni,  2006/01/01-Present 
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