University campuses’ role in accelerating the natural urban transformation process

Ahmed M.S. Mohammed, Tetsuya Ukai, Michael W. Hall

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University campuses have proven to play a significant role in the productivity of cities due to their impact as knowledge and innovation hubs. Therefore, this paper examines the impact that building new campuses in suburban areas has, in order to see the extent to which a campus can affect the transformation process in its city. Kyushu University’s Ito campus area was selected to be analysed using space syntax, spacematrix and the mixed-use index to see the impact caused by the campus from 1993 until 2017. The results show that, after Ito campus was established, urbanisation started to expand throughout the area, having previously been limited to accessible parts around major routes and stations. Therefore, the locating of a campus is considered to be a vital decision that needs to be taken with the engagement of the city, stakeholders and business owners to harness a successful campus–city relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-96
Number of pages22
JournalBulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series
Issue number58
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Demography
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Urban Studies


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