Associate Professor Shigehiro Namiki

Associate Professor Shigehiro Namiki

Specialized fields:
Biology, inclusive design

NamikiLaboratoryInclusive Design Laboratory

Laboratory work is a major challenge for students with disabilities who choose to study a science or engineering field.

To address this problem, we are developing barrier-free laboratories, analyzing the relationship between disability and work, and interviewing scientists who have disabilities.

Through these efforts, we hope to create more opportunities for people with disabilities to play an active role in society.

  1. #Barrier-free laboratories
  2. #Role model archive
  3. #Work analysis
  4. #Faculty development
  5. #STEM
  6. #Tojisha-kenkyu
  7. #Kumagaya Laboratory
  8. #Namiki Laboratory
  9. #Assistive technology
  10. #Inclusive design
  11. #Wheelchairs
  12. #Barrier-free
  13. #Rehabilitation

related researchesResearch at the Namiki Laboratory

  • kumagayanamiki researches Kumagaya & Namiki Research No. 3

    Working together to build a campus for all

    Tojisha-kenkyu Laboratory

    Until now, people with disabilities and other minorities have been positioned as research subjects; however, they have rarely been the ones conducting the studies. In this project, we work with several organizations within the university, including the Disability Services Office, the Environmental Science Center, and the Center for Research and Development of Higher Education to create an academic climate where diverse individuals can participate in research activities. The project aims to realize an inclusive campus where no one is left behind by proposing the design of university institutions—“knowledge factories”—from the perspective of people with disabilities and other difficulties, taking in both the “structure” of the institution (the institutional and physical environment) and its “culture” (the customs and attitudes rooted in people’s values).

  • namikikumagaya researches Namiki & Kumagaya Research No. 2

    Barrier-free laboratories

    Inclusive Design Laboratory

    Despite aspiring to work in science or engineering, many students change their career paths because of the barriers they face. Although know-how has been accumulated on support for university students with disabilities in the area of assistance during lectures, in science and engineering courses support has lagged behind for experiments and practical training, for which physical sensory and motor functions are required.

  • namikikumagaya researches Namiki & Kumagaya Research No. 1

    Tools to support constructive dialogue

    Inclusive Design Laboratory

    To examine specific details of reasonable accommodation for students and researchers with disabilities, it is a legal requirement that constructive dialogue be held between the faculty member in charge of the laboratory and the person with the disability, which must also consider the person’s diagnosis, activities of daily living (ADL), and other aspects of the disability. We create worksheets as a tool to assist this process of dialogue by which reasonable accommodation is determined.