SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Centre Chair

Dr Helen Macnaughtan

Anthropology

Fabio Gygi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Fabio Gygi

Japanese society, material culture, medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural history

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4417
  • Email: fg5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 562
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Economics

Costas Lapavitsas
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Costas Lapavitsas
Theory of banking and finance; history of economic thought; the Japanese financial system. Teaching interests include banking and finance, the Japanese economy, history of economic thought.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4538
  • Email: cl5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 269
  • Office Hours: On Sabbatical (Term 2)
Machiko Nissanke
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Machiko Nissanke
North-South Economic relations, adjustment and development, finance and development, international trade and finance, and comparative economics policy studies in Asia and Africa. Teaching interests include open economy macroeconomics, international trade and finance and financial economics. Africa and Asia.

Satoshi Miyamura
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Satoshi Miyamura
Regions: South & East Asia. Countries: India, Japan. Subjects: Development economics, Labour economics, Institutional economics, Labour-management bargaining; Research methods in economics.
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4544
  • Email: sm97@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 275
  • Office Hours: Mondays: 13:30 to 15:00 Term 2 only
Ulrich Volz
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Ulrich Volz

International Finance, Open Economy Macroeconomics, Financial Market Development and Stability, Development and Transition Economics, Global Economic Governance, East Asian Financial Markets

  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4721
  • Email: uv1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 285
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Financial & Management Studies

Yoshiko Jones
Yoshiko Jones

Ms Jones is a Teaching Fellow within the Department of Financial and Management Studies and Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea.

She also coordinates The Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese and Japanese Language Proficiency Test at SOAS Language Centre.

Helen Macnaughtan
Chair, Japan Research Centre / Co-Editor, Japan Forum, the official journal of the British Association for Japanese Studies (BAJS)
Helen Macnaughton
  • Tel: 020 7898 4530
  • Email: hm39@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 546
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 2 - 4
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15

Sonja Ruehl
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette
Financial Sector Development in Japan and Vietnam. Gender Issues in Financing Development. Microfinance Institutions in Vietnam
  • Tel: 020 7898 4057
  • Email: sr2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 542
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3-5
Yoshikatsu Shinozawa
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette

Dr Shinozawa's research interests lie in asset management firms and their products. Recently he has developed a special interest in the areas of corporate governance, and the banking industry in Japan.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4084
  • Email: ys6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 556
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 11 - 1

History

Christopher Gerteis
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Christopher Gerteis

Modern and Contemporary Japanese history. Social and cultural history of the 20th century, especially the intersection of consumer capitalism and historical memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4093
  • Email: cg24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 304
  • On Sabbatical:All year 2015/16 & 2016/17
Paul Kreitman
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette

Japanese history, Pacific history, environmental history


Angus Lockyer
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Angus Lockyer
Modernisation and modernity in Japan; world’s fairs, international and industrial exhibitions
  • Tel: 020 7898 4626
  • Email: al21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 318
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-5pm, bookable at: https://goo.gl/U30hFW

History of Art & Archaeology

Meri Arichi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Meri Arichi

History of Japanese Art, Buddhist Art of Japan in context

  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
  • Email: ma70@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B302
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm
Timon Screech
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Timon Screech
History of Japanese art; Edo painting; contacts between Japan and Europe in the 18th century; history of science in Japan; the theory of art history
  • Tel: 020 7898 4453
  • Email: ts8@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B408
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 4-5pm

Languages & Cultures of Japan

Marcos Centeno
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Marcos Centeno

Japanese cinema with particular interest in post-war avant-gardes and documentary film. Representation of youth, gender and ethnic minorities. Transculturality, new waves, film theory, visual anthropology and archaeology of images.

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4227
  • Email: mc100@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 574
  • Office Hours: VS: Tues 5-6pm, Thurs 6-7pm / Appointment by email

Alan Cummings
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Alan Cummings
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4200
  • Email: ac50@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 391
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-5pm / Friday 5-6pm
Stephen Dodd
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Co-Editor of Japan Forum
Steve Dodd
Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in representations of the native place (furusato), gender/sexuality and modernity
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4216
  • Email: sd5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 381
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3-4pm/Email for an appointment

Andrew Gerstle
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Drew Gerstle
Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4207
  • Email: ag4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 390
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11am-12noon/Email for an appointment

Misako Kanehisa
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4235
  • Email: mk7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 480
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 5-6pm(LL E37)/Wednesday 4-5pm(480)

Griseldis Kirsch
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email: gk10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm and by appointment
Barbara Pizziconi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Barbara Pizziconi
Japanese applied linguistics; language teaching methodology; second language acquisition with emphasis on pragmatic aspects; linguistic politeness
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4225
  • Email: bp3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 362
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3-5pm/Email for an appointment

Nana Sato-Rossberg
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Nano Sato-Rossberg

History of Translation Studies in Japan, Intergeneric translations (manga to film), Translation of oral narratives or orality, Cultural translation, The relationship between translation and power.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4224
  • Email: ns27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 380
  • Office Hours: Monday 4-5pm /Friday 4-5pm (term 1)
Hitoshi Shiraki
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Hitoshi Shiraki
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4756
  • Email: hs32@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 473
  • Office Hours: Monday 15:00-16:00; Tuesday 11:00-12:00

Isolde Standish
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Isolde Standish: Centre for Film Studies

East Asian film and visual media

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4227
  • Email: is16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 574
  • On Sabbatical:2015-16/2016-17

Library & Information Services


Linguistics

Noriko Iwasaki
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Norika Iwasaki

Second language acquisition (grammatical and pragmatic development, impact of study abroad), language pedagogy, psycholinguistics (language production, cognition and language), Japanese linguistics.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4394
  • Email: ni3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 401
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm

Politics & International Studies

Yuka Kobayashi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Yuka Kobayashi

Human Rights, WTO, Environment, with reference to China and East Asia

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4736
  • Email: yk37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4425
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10-12pm, Terms 1 & 2
Kristin Surak
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Kristin Surak

International migration, nationalism, ethnicity, culture, state and society in Japan, qualitative sociology


Study of Religions

Lucia Dolce
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Lucia Dolce
Japanese religious history, especially the medieval period; Japanese Tantric Buddhism and the esotericisation of religious practice; Millenarian writings and prophecy; Kami-Buddhas associations
  • Tel: 020 7898 4217
  • Email: ld16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 342
  • On Sabbatical:All year 2015/16

Professorial Research Associates


Peter Kornicki
Professorial Research Associate
Peter Kornicki

Cultural history of Japan before 1900, with special interests on the history of the book in East Asia (Korea and Vietnam as well as Japan), women's education and literacy, and the history of medicine and of cartography.


Evgeny Steiner
Professorial Research Associate
Evgeny Steiner

Muromachi epoch arts (especially Ikkyu and his circle); Ukiyo-e prints; history of Western collections of Japanese arts.


Yuriko Takahashi
Professorial Research Associate
Yuriko Takahashi
Classical Chinese philology and phonology (Shuowen Jiezi focusing on the process of annotation by Duan Yucai and computerization of the Xu Yuan’s Text) and modern Chinese literature (Lao She focusing on his Christian background)

Research Associates



David W Hughes
Research Associate
David Hughes
Ethnomusicology; music of East Asia especially Japan; Japanese folk and theatre music; music and linguistics; Indonesian gamelan and Javanese street music



Sarah Teasley
Research Associate
Sarah Teasley
History of design and built space in modern Japan, with an emphasis on media, technology and institutional formation; design and architectural theory; gender and design; the history of new materials research and application

Ellis Tinios
Research Associate
Ellis-Tinios
The illustrated woodblock-printed book in the Edo period; representing China in Edo-period books and prints; the actor prints of Kunisada
Carla Tronu
Research Associate
Carla Tronu

History of Japan (early modern) and Japanese religions; production of sacred space in Japanese cities; history of Christian missions in Asia; history of Nagasaka, Macao and Goa



Visiting Scholars

Tadasuke Fujii
Visiting Scholar, Japan Research Centre
Tadasuke FUJII

Comparative political economy, bureaucracy in Japan, public policy, urban politics

Date of Appointment: September 2015 - 31 August 2016

Ayumi Fujioka
Visiting Scholar
Professor Ayumi Fujioka

The intercultural contact between British and Japanese theatre

Date of Appointment: April 2016 - March 2017


Tomoko Hasegawa
Visiting Scholar
Tomoko HASEGAWA

Media and Culture in 1960s Britain (with regard to the cultural transformation into Japanese teenage radio audience)

Date of Appointment: April 2016 - March 2017

Wakako Hyodo
Visiting Scholar, Japan Research Centre
Dr Wakako Hyodo

The study of nonprofit organisations accounting system and the study of nonprofit organisation's accounting history.

Date of Appointment: September 2015 - September 2016


Mitsuya Kato
Visiting Scholar
Professor Mitsuya Kato

Relationship between Natsume Soseki's novels and British arts including Pre-Raphaelite paintings and poetry

Date of Appointment: April 2016 - September 2016

Hiroshi Tanaka
Visiting Scholar
Professor Hiroshi Tanaka

Appointment Date: April 2016 - August 2016

Japanese educational history and language policy in the UK


Kazunori Nakajima
Visiting Scholar
Dr Kazunori Nakajima

Investigation into climate adaptation strategies in the UK and to evaluate climate strategies by using a computable general equilibrium model

Date of Appointment: 15 March 2016 - March 2017

Sally Shuk yee Ng
Visiting Scholar, Japan Research Centre
Staff Silhouette

A comparison of corporate governance in Japan, and Europe, and the United States. 

Date of Appointment: 1 September 2015 - 31 August 2016


Julia Obinger
Visiting Scholar, Japan Research Centre
Julia Obinger

Ethical Consumption as an emergent form of political activism in contemporary Japan, with a focus on boycotting and boycotting campaigns initiated by social movement actors.

Date of Appointment: September 2015 - February 2017

 

  • Email: jo16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: T403, MBI Al Jaber Building, 21 Russell Square
  • Office Hours: By appointment only
Megumi Watanabe
Visiting Scholar
Dr Megumi Watanabe

Gender issues in the agricultural sector: an international comparative study

Date of Appointment: April 2016 - March 2017


Kazuyo Yamada
Visiting Scholar
Professor Kazuyo Yamada

The employment policy and social movement for gender equality in the UK

Date of Appointment: May 2016 - June 2016