Takuya Nakagawa

Takuya Nakagawa

Study programme: Social Geography and Regional Development

Thesis title: Rural transformation in developing countries

Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Josef Novotný, Ph.D.

Main section: Ph.D. students
E-mail: 98xkXZmlVX~xRdkjT-HxZW7r
Department: Social Geography and Regional Development

Thesis title: Rural transformation in developing countries

Begun: October 2020


Academic Career: 

2020-present: PhD Student, Charles University (Czech)

2006-2008      Cornell University (US)

1998-2000      The University of Tokyo (Japan)

1994-1998      The University of Tokyo (Japan)


Academic and Professional Qualifications: 

Master of Professional Studies in International Development, Cornell University (US), 2008 

Master of Science in Agriculture, The University of Tokyo (Japan), 2000

Bachelor of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo (Japan), 1998

Professional Engineer, Japan (Engineering Management), 2011

Professional Engineer, Japan (Agriculture, Rural Development Planning), 2010



I am a mid-career person and I have been engaged in international development consulting services through participating in practical surveys/projects in agriculture and rural development. My professional goal is to contribute to sustainable rural development. To achieve this goal at a higher level, it has been recognized that a deep, balanced understanding of both economic and social mechanisms in agriculture and rural development is necessary. Further, appropriate understanding on spatial, and geographical interaction among economic, social and natural conditions is also important for better planning works.

In this light through the above practical experience, I am interested in development geography on economic development of rural areas in developing countries through empirical research in an interdisciplinary manner with both quantitative and qualitative methods. Current idea for PhD research is rural transformations in developing countries paying attention to spatial aspects of livelihoods diversification strategies with an attempt to combine the micro- and macro- perspectives.



  • Fumiaki Murakami, Takuya Nakagawa. “Introduction of a trial of livestock market improvement through an anthropological approach, in a pilot project for improvement of resilience against drought in northern Kenya”, Koei Forum Vol.25, March 2017 [Translated from Japanese]


Teaching and Invited Lecture:

  • “Working Abroad - rural areas where development consultants work”, in Lecture by Corporate Staff, Takushoku University, Japan, November 2014
  • “Development Consultant and Its Career Pass - agriculture and rural development as an example” in ECFA (Engineering and Consulting Firms Association, Japan) Lecture, Niigata University, Japan, January 2012
  • “Lessons Learned from a Recent Irrigation Development Project in Malawi” in CIIFAD (Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development) Seminar; Agroecological Perspectives for Sustainable Development (IARD 696) at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, March 2007


External activities:

A member of the Institution of Professional Engineers, Japan