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Kobe University
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​■ Profile 
 1987 Born in Tokyo
 2007 Apr - 2012 Mar Bachelor of Agriculture, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Kyoto University
 2012 Apr - 2014 Mar Master of Agricultural Science, Rural Planning / Sustainable Rural Development, Kyoto University
 2014 Oct - 2016 Mar Community development cooperator, Yabu city
 2016.1 - Present Kobe University Faculty of Agriculture, Researcher

■ Current Research
・Diffusion of social media in rural comunity
・Establishment and social implementation of new rural planning with ICT services
・Methodological innovation in rural development with ICT

I have completed Master of Agricultural Science and the past 1 and half years I have worked in Yabu city, which is designated as a national strategic special zone in agricultural areas, as a community development cooperator.
Through theoretical study at Kyoto University and practical action in Yabu city, my interest is getting to go theory and practice together.
Now, I’m working at Kobe University, Rural Innovation Lab in rural area established for achieving the objectives of adopting academic expertise for a holistic and integrated approach to the issues facing agriculture and rural areas. I’m trying to establish new style of integration of theory and practice in rural areas. Especially my current interest is creating new social systems in rural areas with ICT services such as social media and also matching services.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Feb 2016
Kobe University


ETO Akifumi
Socio-Informatics   7(3) 53-62   2019
In this paper, I interviewed practitioners who played a coordinating role in cases that overcome or mitigate the problem of the lack of public transportation by building on-demand transport service with ICT. I investigated how the service was intr...
衛藤彬史, 吉良佳晃
農業農村工学会誌   85(10) 931‐934   Oct 2017
衛藤彬史, 鬼塚健一郎, 星野敏, 橋本禅
農村計画学会誌   34 189-194   Nov 2015   [Refereed]
衛藤彬史, 鬼塚健一郎, 星野敏, 橋本禅
農業農村工学会誌   83(2) 105-108   Feb 2015   [Refereed]
鬼塚健一郎, 衛藤彬史, 星野敏, 柳瀬顕
農業農村工学会誌   83(2) 109-112   Feb 2015   [Refereed]
ETO Akifumi, HOSHINO Satoshi, ONITSUKA Kenichirou, HASHIMOTO Shizuka
Socio-Informatics   4(1) 31-41   2015   [Refereed]
There is a growing concern over the disparity in the penetration rate of the Internet between rural and urban areas since such gap are alleged to trigger social and economic disparities between them. Although our knowledge about barriers against i...

Research Grants & Projects

Japanese Society of Irrigation, Drainage and Rural Engineering (JSIDRE): 2017
Project Year: Apr 2017 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): ETO AKIFUMI