Masahide Horita / Professor / Division of Environmental Studies
Department of International Studies / / Collective decision-making

Career Summary
Dec. 2010 to present, Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo.
Apr. 2008 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo.
2002-2008 Associate Professor, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo.
2000-2002 Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo.
1999-2000 Senior Research Associate, University of Durham Business School.
1999 PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science.
1994 MEng, Department of Civil Engineering, Division of Engineering, Graduate School, University of Tokyo.
1992 BEng, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo.
Educational Activities
Postgraduate:Introduction to Formal Analysis of Conflict and Cooperation (Frontier Sciences), Collective Decision-Making(Frontier Sciences), Transnational Decision-Making (School of Engineering)
Undergraduate: Introduction to Infrastructure Studies, Introduction to Management Studies (Faculty of Engineering)
Research Activities
Our research activities include the development of decision support systems for public conflict management. Our system CRANES has widely been applied to real disputes and policy processes in Japan and internationally. Examples include supporting resettlement planning for large-scale infrastructure projects in South Asia.
1) Maemura, Y and Horita M, 2010, Humour in negotiations: a pragmatic analysis of humour in simulated negotiations. Group Decision and Negotiation. DOI: 10.1007/s10726-011-9251-9 (in print).
2) Horita M and Koizumi H (eds), 2009, Innovations in Collaborative Urban Regeneration, Springer, 2009.
3) Horita, M., Mackaness, W., and Clarke, I., 2008, Composite mapping. In R. Thorpe and R. Holt (eds), Dictionary of Qualitative Management Research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 50-53.
4) Clarke, I., Mackaness, W., Ball, B. and Horita, M., 2003, The devil in the detail: visualising analogical thought in retail location decision-making. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 30(1) 15-36.
5) Horita, M., 2000, Mapping policy discourse with CRANE: a spatial understanding support system as a medium for community conflict resolution. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design 27(6) 801-814.
6) Horita, M., 2000, Folding arguments: a method for representing conflicting views of a conflict. Group Decision and Negotiation 9(1) 63-83.
Other Activities
Member: Japan Society of Civil Engineers; Operational Research Society (UK)
Adviser: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (Committee for Fair Procurement Investigation)
Member of Bidding Monitoring Committee, Kanto Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation
Japan International Cooperation Agency (Advisory Committee on Development and Gender)
Chair of Water Service Operation Council, Kashiwa City
Future Plan
Our goal is to create an effective venue and medium for conflict management and deliberation in international cooperation projects. This would necessitate a typically trans-disciplinary approach incorporating decision theory, public choice, linguistic informatics, geo-informatics, and many other disciplines. Those interested in any of these areas or disciplines are very welcome to join our research group.
Messages to Students
Our graduate school is a very international community, yet has a perfect mix of international and local culture. There are plenty of opportunities for practical experience in development projects and for academic discussion with people from a wide range of backgrounds.