Meng Han


Meng Han, Assistant Professor, was born in April 1988. He got his Ph.D. degree from the School of Science and Engineering, Chiba University. The main research directions are endogenous regional activation design based on regional resource utilization; sustainable regional economic revitalization and community creation design; local/community currency research. The doctoral research topic is about endogenous community activation based on community currency. He presided over the national investigation on community currency in Japan, the results of which were awarded the 5th Biennial RAMICS International Congress Recommended Paper Award. As a director, he co-created the documentary To another tomorrow, which focuses on the theme of community currency, with community residents. he worked with community residents to create and complete the documentary To another tomorrow with the theme of community currency. The film was selected as the opening film of the 2020 Okayama Film Festival.

Institute: Research Association on Monetary Innovation and Community Complementary Currency Systems (RAMICS); Japanese Society for the Science of Design (JSSD). 


Educational Background

2007/82011/7  School of business, Jiangnan University, B.A.

2014/42016/3  Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, M.S.

2016/42021/3  Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University, Ph.D.

Papers and Society publication:

1A Study on the Effects of Community Video Production, The 68th Annual Conference of JSSD, 2021.

2Living Creation Design Based on Co-created Endogenous Community Currency, Ph.D. thesisChiba University, 2020

3Actual Condition and Type of Community Currencies in JapanBulletin of Japanese Society for the Science of Design, Vol.67, NO.2, pp.11-20, 2020

4Characteristics of Community Currency that Contribute to Endogenous Regional. ActivationInternational Journal of Community Currency Research Volume 24 , Summer 2020, pp.54-63, 2020recommended paper Award

5Video Production Aimed at Sharing the Trajectory of Collaborative Community Development due to the Effect of Community CurrencyThe 67th Annual Conference of JSSD, 2020.

6Characteristics of Type of Distributed Collaborative among Local Currency and Verification of its Possible Contributions to Regional RevitalizationBulletin of Asia Design Culture Society IssueNo.12pp.1631-1642, 2018.

7Practice and Prospects of Design for the Utilization of Fallow Land in North Area of JR Naruto Station, The 64th Annual Conference of JSSD, 2017.

8Local Currency as a Circulation Tool of Regional Resources, Bulletin of Asia Design Culture SocietyIssue No.10, pp.971-980, 2016.

9Classification and Characteristics of Local Currencies in Japan : To create local currency fitting for the Japanese culture, Bulletin of Asia Design Culture Society Issue, No.9, pp.1007-1014, 2015

Leading Projects

1Co-creative Video Production: 20 years of Community Currency Practice in Santo Club (2019 - 2021). Nagano Prefecture Dynamic Creativity Project. Director, Head of the project. Organized Chiba University students and Ueda City locals to co-create the documentary To another tomorrow (Japanese translation: もうひとつの明日へ). The project explores the possibilities of co-creative design with residents through multimedia, and encourages the promotion of community currency and sustainable development of the community. The documentary was presented at the 2020 Okayama Film Festival and was selected as the opening film. In 2021, the project was selected by the Foundation (Learn by Creation) as one of the promotion projects of the Japan local autonomy and learning project (Learn by Creation NAGANO).

2Basic Research and Classification Study of Community Currencies in Japan (2015-2018). In the first issue (2015-2016), by conducting a questionnaire survey on more than a hundred cases of Japanese community currencies collected in major media from 2005 to 2015, understanding the current situation and latest trends regarding community currencies in Japan was gained. Based on this data, he proposed a new classification theory of Japanese community currencies. In the second issue (2016-2018), he led field research on nine cases of community currencies for more than 30 times. Deepened and refined the research on the classification of community currencies and proposed a community currency model that meets the needs of different communities.

3A project to promote the traditional craft “Ryumonjiyaki Pottery” in Kagoshima (2014-2016). In 2015, he participated as a leading member in a survey of the lifestyle and culture around the “Ryumonjiyaki Pottery”traditional kiln, a traditional craft of Kagoshima, and conducted a workshop on ceramic collage. In 2016, as the leader of the workshop, he focused on the reuse of waste materials from “Ryumonjiyaki Pottery” and conducted a workshop on jewellery making, which contributed to the revaluation and appreciation of local traditional crafts.

4Regional Activation of the North Exit Area of Naruto Station, Chiba Prefecture (2014-2017), Chiba Prefecture, Naruto City Tourism Revitalization Project -- field research of living resources in the Tsuboku area of Naruto City and renewal plan for the station. From 2014 to 2015, we worked with residents to create the "NARUKITAMURA" community, working on reclamation of fallow land and agricultural experiences and exploring design solutions that make use of traditional living resources. From 2015 to 2017, based on the community "Narukitamura", we conducted biological investigations in the land and organized activities such as making reed mazes with the natural and living resources of the area. The project aimed to gradually transform the area, which has been left fallow for 30 years, into an endogenous tourism experimental site for experiencing agriculture, preserving the wisdom of traditional life and entertaining school children.