Joint Research Division
AEON Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City Creation Joint Research Lab
Assistant Professor
Disaster Resilient Society Promotion Lab (Concurrent)

Research Subject(s)
I conduct my research to reduce the victims of the tsunami. I study the incidence and progression of tsunami evacuation behavior by interviewing residency who experienced a disaster and analyzing their thinking and movement data during a disaster. I also conduct disaster education to improve local disaster preparedness and study effective disaster education methods.
Key Words
Evacuation Behavior / Quantitative Research / Interview Survey / Disaster Education / Disaster Learning
Research Activities

To save lives from the tsunami, it is important for every person to quickly and properly evacuate.
Therefore, I interviewed people who experienced the Great East Japan Earthquake to analyze how people evacuated during the disaster and what factors promoted or hindered their evacuation activities.
This analysis has revealed behavioral trends during the disaster in the surveyed area.
I'm currently conducting surveys in different domains to gather narratives about evacuation behaviors, to analyze more general trends in evacuation behaviors, and to conduct experiments to elucidate how factors that inhibit evacuation behaviors work.

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, disaster education has been actively conducted in elementary and junior high schools.
Disaster education often performed as part of inquiry-based learning, and it is required to work not only as a disaster training but also as inquiry-based learning.
I'm currently working with teachers in primary and junior high school to create learning programs for inquiry-based learning on the topic of disaster prevention.
It is important to continue my research to enable many schools to perform effective disaster education that meet their needs.

Selected Works

Anna Shinka, Shosuke Sato, Fumihiko Imamura: Memories of victims’behavior regarding tsunami evacuation -Interview survey 8 years after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, The 30th International Tsunami Symposium, 2021.7. 

Anna Shinka, Shosuke Sato, Fumihiko Imamura: The Analysis of the Tsunami Evacuation Process  Combining Transition of Thinking with Movement Path: The Case of Hashikami Area, Kesennuma City under the Great East Japan Earthquake, Journal of social safety science, No.37, pp339-349,  2020.11. (In Japanese) doi:10.11314/jisss.37.339

Anna Shinka, Shosuke Sato, Fumihiko Imamura: Analysis of the Acceptance of Tsunami Information and the Start of Tsunami Evacuation after the Great East Japan Earthquake, J.JSCE, Ser.B2, Coastal engineering, Vol.75, I_1393-I1398,2019.11. (In Japanese) doi:10.2208/kaigan.75.I_1393

Anna Shinka, Shosuke Sato, Fumihiko Imamura: An Analysis of Factors Influencing Tsunami Evacuation Behavior in the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake  -Case of Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture-, Journal of social safety science, No. 34,pp.1-10, 2019.3. (Japanese) doi:10.11314/jisss.34.1

Anna Shinka, Shosuke Sato, Shuichi Kawashima, Fumihiko Imamura: The Influence of Tsunami Lore on Tsunami Preparedness, Risk Perception and Actual Evacuation Behavior: A Case Study of Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, J.JSCE, Ser.B2, Coastal engineering, Vol.74, No. 2, I_499-I_504,2018.11. (Japanese) doi:10.2208/kaigan.74.I_499

Selected Memberships
  • Japan Society of Civil Engineers
  • Japan Society for Natural Disaster Science
  • Institute of Social Safety Science
Selected Awards
  • Presentation Award (The 40th JSNDS Annual Conference 2021)
  • Poster Presentation Award(The 30th International Tsunami Symposium, 2021)
  • Paper Encouragement Award (Institute of Social Safety Science, 2020)