Research Center for the Shikoku Henro and Pilgrimages of the World
Research Center for the Shikoku Henro and Pilgrimages of the World was established in April 2015 with the aims of investigating the history of the Shikoku Henro and its activities in modern society, and developing comparative studies with pilgrimages of the world.
The Center consists of researchers in various disciplines such as history, literature, sociology, philosophy, law, economy, and tourism, to contribute to local communities through interdisciplinary studies and assist with the movement to get the Shikoku Henro registered as a World Heritage site.
Research Center for Regional Community Innovation
This research center was established under the Research Section of Regional Culture in the Institute of Collaborative Relations in April 2019 with the purposes of promoting scholarly research on regional creation by conducting interdisciplinary research and education related to the region, as well as contributing to the revitalization and development of the regional society. Its precursor is the Research Center for Regional Community Innovation, which was established in 2004 as the first center of the university in humanities and social sciences. The staff is mainly composed of faculty members of diverse specializations in the Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation, which was established in 2016 with the purpose of developing human resources active in the region.
Ehime University Research Unit for the Glocal Area Studies
Ehime University Research Unit for the Glocal Area Studies attempts to effectively link research and education, aiming to build Ehime University’s own “Global Studies” and “Glocal Area Studies” by analyzing the processes by which values, technologies, and systems cultivated in local places spread and take root across the world.
Currently, through the four case-study projects of “Seattle Uwajimaya Research,” “Research on Fukuoka Masanobu and Natural Farming,” “Research on Matsuyama Prisoner of War Camp,” and ” Research on Nomad of the Cross-border Sea,” the units are exploring glocal movements of people, products, and money, and the dynamics of “dis-embedding” and “re-embedding.”