SOLVE for SDGs: Social Isolation & Loneliness (FY2021-)

Solution-Driven Co-creative R&D Program for SDGs (SOLVE for SDGs): Preventing Social Isolation & Loneliness and Creating Diversified Social Networks

To achieve SDGs, RISTEX has been promoting creation of immediate solutions to regional issues with complex and wide-ranging themes by utilizing existing technology seeds and to expand the solutions to other regions in the "Solution-Driven Co-creative R&D Program for SDGs (SOLVE for SDGs)" since FY2019.

Since social isolation and loneliness is one of the essential perspectives of the SDGs, RISTEX has established a particular framework (social isolation framework) under the SOLVE for SDGs program, "Preventing Social Isolation & Loneliness and Creating Diversified Social Networks” in FY2021.

Program Supervisor

URA Mitsuhiro

Professor, Otemon Gakuin University

“Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" ("2030 Agenda" for short) that was adopted by the United Nations established 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets under the basic ideal of "No one will be left behind." Since social isolation and loneliness is one of the essential perspectives of the SDGs, RISTEX has launched the “Solution-Driven Co-creative R&D Program for SDGs (Preventing Social Isolation & Loneliness and Creating Diversified Social Networks” (Social Isolation Framework) in FY2021.

This program promotes R&D including academic research using knowledge from in HSS, such as understanding the causes and mechanisms of social isolation and loneliness and producing a new image of society, as well as the development of visualization and evaluation methods (indicators, etc.) for the risk of social isolation and loneliness, and the development of preventive measures on the issues. These are expected to be conducted in an integrated way up to Proof of Concept (PoC) in collaboration with the actual sites where the measures are implemented such as specific regions, schools, workplaces, or communities, etc. in Japan.

Goals

This program promotes clarification of the mechanisms of social isolation and loneliness based on various changes in the social structure, such as declining population, low birthrate, aging society, economic changes, and the impact of emerging infectious diseases such as COVID-19, while producing the vision of a society that does not lead to social isolation and loneliness. The program furthermore promotes R&D on visualization and evaluation methods (indicators, etc.) for the risk of social isolation and loneliness in people and groups, as well as social schemes to prevent social isolation and loneliness. The program expects such R&D to be conducted in an integrated way up to Proof of Concept (POC), including the verification of the effectiveness of preventative measures against social isolation and loneliness by using the evaluation methods (indicators, etc.) developed in each project. This program aims for a society that does not lead to social isolation and loneliness by creating diversified social connections and networks among people, organizations, and communities.

Case A: Irrelevant to social isolation and loneliness, but increased the risk of isolation and loneliness after COVID-19

Case B: Gradual increased risk of social isolation and loneliness due to disasters/life events, even worse after COVID-19

Case C: High risk of social isolation and loneliness from an early age due to a given environment or disability

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, The Process of Social Exclusion: An Overview of the Exclusion Process in Case Studies of Youth . Overview ( Documents submitted by the Cabinet Secretariat/Cabinet Office ) (September 28, 2012) Created by RISTEX with reference to special information on the 8th Council of social security How to support people in need

Management Group

Program Supervisor

URA Mitsuhiro Professor, Otemon Gakuin University

Advisors alphabetically listed

ARISUE Ken Professor, Faculty of Urban Innovation, Asia University
FUJIMORI Katsuhiko Professor, Faculty of Healthcare Management, Nihon Fukushi University/ Chief Research Associate, Mizuho Research & Technologies, Ltd.
FUJIWARA Yoshinori Team Leader, Research Team for Social Participation and Community Health, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology
HIRATA Oriza President, Professional College of Arts and Tourism
INABA Yoji Former Professor, College of Law, Nihon University
ISHII Kota Writer
IWATA Masami Professor Emeritus, Japan Women's University
KISHI Emiko Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Nursing, Toho University
KUDO Kei Chairperson, Certified Specified Nonprofit Organization Sodateage Net
USAGAWA Kuniko Director, JOBS Research Center, Recruit Co., Ltd.

About the Program Supervisor

Professor Ura has been committed to research, education and human resource development for many years as a leading researcher in social psychology, social support and social exclusion studies. He has served as the president of the Japanese Society of Social Psychology and the Japanese Group Dynamics Association, and by stimulating activities in various fields including behavioral science and social neuroscience, he has contributed to academic development and training of future professionals. Meanwhile, he has served as the chairperson of Hiroshima Prefecture's Regional Home Education Promotion Council and Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education's Home Study Program Review Council, while making contributions to the local community through collaborative efforts between academics and local practitioners, such as the engagement in reinforcement of the local crime prevention system by a collaborative project with Hiroshima Prefectural Police Headquarters.

Regarding the management of "Solution-Driven Co-Creative R&D Program for SDGs (SOLVE for SDGs): Preventing Social Isolation & Loneliness and Creating Diversified Social Networks," in addition to having a broad insight into social isolation, it is important to possess a well-balanced standpoint that promotes cooperation/collaboration among various stakeholders including researchers, NPOs, governments, companies and local residents that are knowledgeable about the nature of social isolation and are experienced in the development and application of preventative measures. It is particularly important for the management to include in its mission the support for building the project structure which integrates academic research and on-site practices, before commencing the full-scale R&D. Professor Ura who has expertise which consists of multifaceted perspectives from social psychology, behavioral science and social neuroscience, as well as experiences in cross-disciplinary approaches and the management of projects which aimed to be implemented in society by collaborating with various stakeholders, is anticipated to exert his talent in program management by utilizing his expertise and experiences.

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