Hitomi Nakanishi


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Hitomi Nakanishi is an associate professor in Urban and Regional Planning, course convener of the Master of urban and regional planning and Bachelor of Civil Engineering Technology at University of Canberra. From 2002 to 2005 (October), she was at Kagawa University as a Research Assistant as well as PhD Candidate, before moving to Toyohashi University of Technology in November 2005 where she was Research Associate in Transport Planning (appointed as Assistant Professor in 2007). In 2008, she moved to Australia to join CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) as a Research Scientist of Transport Accessibility to lead the transport module of the Urban Systems Program of National Climate Adaptation Flagship. She has been at University of Canberra since 2011 where she was appointed as a course convener of newly established Master of Urban and Regional Planning, which is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. She is a member of the academic secretariat of the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) Special Interest Group 1 (SIG1) Transport and Spatial Development. She is certified as the Australian Civil-Military Centre Research Multi-Use List participant. She is a member of Planning Institute of Australia ACT Committee. Her work is often highlighted by the media both nationally and internationally, including the ABC, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Japan Times.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Kagawa University

Bachelor, Osaka Prefecture University

External positions

Senior adjunct research fellow, Kagawa University

Visiting scholar, University College London

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Projects 2012 2017

Research Output 2006 2019

Children’s travel behavior and implication to transport energy consumption of household: A case study of three Australian cities

Nakanishi, H., 2019, Transport and Energy Research: A Behavioral Perspective. Zhang, J. (ed.). 1 ed. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier, p. 129-154 26 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

Fuel consumption
Railroad cars
Energy utilization
Gas emissions
Greenhouse gases

Geodesign: A Tale of Three Cities

Pettit, C., Hawken, S., Ticzon, C. & NAKANISHI, H., 2019, Computational Urban Planning and Management for Smart Cities. Geertman, S., Zhan, Q., Allan, A. & Pettit, C. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, p. 139-161 23 p. (Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography).

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution


Investigating the flood evacuation behaviour of older people: A case study of a rural town in Japan

Nakanishi, H., Black, J. & Suenaga, Y., 5 Sep 2019, In : Research in Transportation Business and Management. p. 1-14 14 p., 100376.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

natural disaster
local government
4 Citations (Scopus)

Implicit and explicit knowledge in flood evacuations with a case study of Takamatsu, Japan

NAKANISHI, H. & Black, J., Jun 2018, In : International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 28, p. 788-797 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

natural disaster
disaster management

Storm Surge Evacuation Modelling and the Visualisation of Evacuation Behaviour: A Case of Takamatsu, Japan

NAKANISHI, H., Suenaga, Y., Manley, E. & Wise, S., 2018, GISRUK 2018: 26th GIScience Research UK Conference. United Kingdom: GISRUK, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

Open Access
inland sea
storm surge