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Research Interests:
Social Sciences
Discipline: Urban Planning
Pillar / Cluster: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences


Dr. Jin Murakami is Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Policy in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) cluster at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). He has specialized in the areas of transportation and land use, spatial planning and development in globalization, and infrastructure finance and land policy. His research focuses principally on spatial, financial, and technological matters that influence city-regions’ global competitiveness and local livability. His current projects include an international case study of transit-oriented development (TOD) and land value capture (LVC),  the impacts of airport connectivity and accessibility on cities, and the financialization of cities with ESG investing criteria. His previous research projects have been published from international development, research, and educational institutes (e.g., World Bank, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Asian Development Bank) and SSCI-listed peer-reviewed journals in urban studies, economics, geography, transportation, land use policy, and environmental studies. In addition, he served as Lead Author (LA) for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR5 WGIII Chapter 12: Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning (2012-2014) and AR6 WGIII Chapter 8: Urban Systems and Other Settlements (2019-2022).

Education Background

PhD in City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

Murakami, J. (2024). Strategic investment for green growth. In Economic Diagnostic Study for Uzbekistan. Manila, The Philippines: Asian Development Bank Publication (Forthcoming).

Uchida, K., Kato, H., Murakami, J., & Takeuchi, W. (2024). Does new airport investment promote urban economic development?: Global evidence from nighttime light data. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice (Forthcoming).

Kato, H., & Murakami, J. (2022). Developing airport systems in Asian cities: Spatial characteristics, economic effects, and policy implications. Manila, The Philippines: Asian Development Bank Publication. doi:10.22617/TCS220548-2

Lwasa, S., K.C. Seto, X. Bai, H. Blanco, K.R. Gurney, S. Kilkiş, O. Lucon, J. Murakami, J. Pan, A. Sharifi, Y. Yamagata (2022). “Urban systems and other settlements.” In IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA. doi: 10.1017/9781009157926.010

Murakami, J., Villani, C., & Talamini, G. (2021). The capital value of pedestrianization in Asia’s commercial cityscape: Evidence from office towers and retail streets. Transport Policy, 107, 72-86. doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2021.04.017

Murakami, J., & Kato, H. (2020). The intra-metropolitan distribution of airport accessibility, employment density, and labor productivity: Spatial strategy for economic development in Tokyo. Applied Geography125, 102309.  doi:10.1016/j.apgeog.2020.102309

Chang, Z., & Murakami, J. (2019). Transferring land-use rights with transportation infrastructure extensions. Journal of Transport and Land Use12(1), 1-19. doi:10.5198/jtlu.2019.1357

Murakami, J., & Chang, Z. (2018). Polycentric development under public leasehold: A spatial analysis of commercial land use rights. Regional Science and Urban Economics, 71, 25-36. doi:10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2018.05.001

Murakami, J. (2018). The Government Land Sales programme and developers’ willingness to pay for accessibility in Singapore, 1990–2015. Land Use Policy, 75, 292-302.  doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2018.03.050

Murakami, J., & He, Y. (2018). Highway investment in deindustrialization: A territorial analysis of office property transactions in Hong Kong, 2002–2013. Journal of Transport Geography, 66, 200-212. doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2017.12.002

Murakami, J., & Cervero, R. (2017). “High Speed Rail and Economic Development: Business Agglomerations and Policy Implications.” In High-Speed Rail and Sustainability: Decision-making and the Political Economy of Investment, edited by Blas Pérez and Elizabeth Deakin, New York, NY: Routledge.

Murakami, J., Matsui, Y., & Kato, H. (2016). Airport rail links and economic productivity: Evidence from 82 cities with the world’s 100 busiest airports. Transport Policy, 52, 89-99. doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2016.07.009

Suzuki, H. (Principal), Murakami, J. (Principal), Hong, Y. H., & Tamayose, B. (2015). Financing transit-oriented development with land values: Adapting land value capture in developing countries. Washington, DC: The World Bank Publication.

Seto et al., (2014). “Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning.” In Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA: Cambridge University Press.

Research interests

Urban Studies and Policy; Spatial Planning; Transportation and Land Use; Economic Development; Urban Finance and Investment