Mizuki Kawabata



Faculty of Economics, Keio University

2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 108-8345





Spatial Information Science, Economic Geography, Urban and Regional Policy

I am a GIS professional, interested in (1) socioeconomic and transportation issues related to urban and regional spatial structure and (2) GIS applications and education. Specific topics that I have examined include geographical inequality in job accessibility; relationships between job access and employment (issues related to spatial mismatch); disparities in accessibility and commuting between automobiles and public transportation; degrees of auto-orientation in urban structure; childcare access and maternal employment; female employment and commuting; and multi-disciplinary cooperation in GIS education. Recently, I have been particularly interested in issues pertaining to female employment in relation to urban spatial structure, spatial clustering patterns of children in single-mother households, spatial and economic analysis of the real estate market, and applications of GIS and spatial econometrics.

My research interests have been motivated by my experiences studying in a GIS group at MIT for five years (as a doctoral student), working at the University of Tokyofs Center for Spatial Information Science for seven years (as a post-doc researcher and an associate professor), and raising a child. My motivation also comes from my longtime interest in GIS and spatial analysis. I am the first Japanese GIS Professional (GISP) certified by the U.S. GIS Certification Institute in 2005. In 2015 and 2018, I published GIS textbooks (in Japanese) for economic and policy analysis.

Note: GIS denotes Geographic Information Systems or Geographic Information Science.



1995   B.A.       Keio University (Economics)

1997   M.M.G.  Keio University (Media and Governance)

2002   Ph.D.     Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Urban and Regional Planning)


Teaching (2019/2020 Academic Year)

Keio University:


Economic Geography, Economics and Environment, Seminar


Economic Geography, Seminar (Economic Geography)

National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies:

Spatial Analysis of Urban Policy

The University of Tokyo:

Graduate School of Public Policy & Graduate School of Economics:

Urban and Regional Policy/ Urban Economic Policy

Note: I teach GIS basics and/or applications in most of the courses above.




Office hours

Thursdays, 13:00-15:00 (by appointment only)


My seminar

HP, Twitter (in Japanese)


Recent papers/books

Kawabata, M. (2019) gGeographic Information Systems (GIS) and the exploration of geographical world.h In Takeyama, M., Matsubara, A. (eds.) Human Geography. Tokyo: Keio University Press. (in Japanese)

Suzuki, T., Kawabata, M. (2019) gGeographically weighted regression analysis of abandoned farmland based on the Census of Agriculture and Forestry in Japan.h Theory and Applications of GIS, Vol. 27, No. 1, pp. 13-23. (in Japanese)

Kawabata, M. (2018) gThe use of GIS in real estate economic analysis.h In Real Estate Policy Study Group (eds.) Real Estate Policy Studies Individual Research II: Real Estate Economic Analysis. Tokyo: Toyo Keizai Inc. (in Japanese)

Kawabata, M. (ed.) (2018) Introduction to GIS for Economic and Policy Analysis 2: Spatial Statistics Tools and Applications with ArcGIS Pro. Tokyo: Kokon-Shoin, Publisher. (in Japanese)

Kawabata, M. (2018) Introduction to GIS for Economic and Policy Analysis 1: Basics with ArcGIS Pro. Tokyo: Kokon-Shoin, Publisher. (in Japanese)

Kawabata, M., Abe, Y. (2018) gIntra-metropolitan spatial patterns of female labor force participation and commute times in Tokyo.h Regional Science and Urban Economics, Vol. 68, 291-303.