Toru Terada / Lecturer / Division of Environmental Studies
Department of Natural Environmental Studies / / Landscape and urban planning

Career Summary
2006.3: Bachelor of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba
2008.3: Master of Policy and Planning Sciences, University of Tsukuba
2011.3: Ph.D. in Environmental Studies, University of Tokyo
2011.4-6: Post-doctoral researcher in Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo
2011.7-2015.9: Assistant professor in Department of Natural Environmental Studies, University of Tokyo
2015.10-2016.7: Project lecturer in Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo
2016.8-Present: Lecturer in Department of Natural Environmental Studies, University of Tokyo
Educational Activities
Graduate school: Landscape Planning and Design, Natural Resource Management, Theory of Integrated Environmental Design, Fundamentals of Natural Environmental Studies, Practice in Natural Environmental Studies, Practice in Terrestrial Ecosystem, Seminar in Natural Environmental Studies, Landscape Design Studio, Regional Planning Studio etc.
Research Activities
My academic interests include developing planning theory for restoring peri-urban "urban-rural" landscapes in Japan and its comparison to other nations from both biophysical and sociocultural points of view. "Satoyama" (a Japanese term meaning coppiced woodland) is regarded as a key for restoring urban-rural landscapes. Therefore I have been conducting research on how to revitalize satoyama in a modern way, in particular from the point of view of wood energy utilization. Urban agriculture is another key topic, and I am interested in evaluating urban farmland and vacant lots as places for food provisioning and community bonding.
1) Terada, T., Yokohari, M., Bolthouse, J., and Tanaka, N. (2010). "Refueling" satoyama woodland restoration in Japan: Enhancing restoration practice and experiences through wood fuel utilization. Nature and Culture 5(3), 251-276.
2) Bruckman, V. J., Terada, T., Fukuda, K., Yamamoto, H., and Hochbichler, E. (2016). Overmature periurban Quercus-Carpinus coppice forests in Austria and Japan: a comparison of carbon stocks, stand characteristics and conversion to high forest. European Journal of Forest Research, Available as online first (doi:10.1007/s10342-016-0979-2).
3) Terada, T., Yokohari, M., and Amemiya, M. (2016). Urban Farming in Tokyo: Towards an Urban-Rural Hybrid City. In: Lewis, T. Chandola T. (Eds). Green Asia: Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles and Ethical Consumption, Routledge. In print.
4) Terada, T. (2016). Issues on urban periphery landscape: Contradictions caused by dichotomization of urban and rural dimensions. In: Shimizu, H. Takatori, C. (Eds). Landscape management and labor account in a shrinking era. Springer, Tokyo. In print.
5) Terada, T. (2016). Urban periphery planning: A planning concept for the marriage of urban and rural communities in the 21st century. In: Shimizu, H. Takatori, C. (Eds). Landscape management and labor account in a shrinking era. Springer, Tokyo. In print.
6) Yamada, T., Terada, T., Tanaka, T., and Yokohari, M. (2016). Directions for vacant lot management in the outer suburbs of the Tokyo Metropolitan Region. Urban and Regional Planning Review 3, 66-84.
Other Activities
Member of Task Force "Sustainable Forest Biomass Network", International Union for Forest Research Organization (IUFRO)
Journal Editorial Committee and International Conference Committee, Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture (JILA)
Journal Editorial Committee, City Planning Institute of Japan (CPIJ)
Journal Editorial Committee, Association for Rural Planning (ARP)
Future Plan
While continuing current research on individual green spaces (satoyama, urban farmland, vacant lots, parks, greenways, etc.), I want to challenge new researches in the field of landscape planning as a member of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences. One topic to explore in the near future is the development of a theory for land use planning under the depopulation trend for restoring natural ecosystems in peri-urban areas. Another topic is the construction of a responsive feedback system for landscape planning by visualizing interactions between people and nature. In regards to action with colleagues in the division of environmental studies and international institutes, I want to develop a practical method for making interdisciplinary research successful in order to achieve tangible academic output through organizing educational programs (e.g., a design studio) or collaborative research projects.
Messages to Students
Enjoy the process of academic research, which can help you clarify ambiguous ideas, and share its delights and hardships with your friends. I am sure this will make your life more pleasant.