SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Centre Chair

Dr Fabio Gygi

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Dr Fabio Gygi
Chair, Japan Research Centre
Fabio Gygi

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4417
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  • Room: 562
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 4-6pm, see details in bio

British Association for Japanese Studies

Professor 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
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  • Room: 269
  • Academic Support Hours: Research Leave Term Two - 21/22
  • On Sabbatical:On research leave in Term 2, 2021-22
Dr 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
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  • Room: 275
  • Academic Support Hours: See below

Professor 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
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  • Room: 285
  • Academic Support Hours: tba
Ms Yoshiko Jones
Yoshiko Jones

Ms Jones coordinates The Sir Peter Parker Awards for Spoken Business Japanese and Japanese Language Proficiency Test at the SOAS Japan Research Centre.

Dr Yoshikatsu Shinozawa
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Yoshkatsu Shinozawa

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
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  • Room: 556
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 2 - 4
Dr Meri Arichi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Meri Arichi

History of Japanese Art, Buddhist Art of Japan in context

  • Tel: 020 7898 4463
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  • Room: B302
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm

Dr Monika Hinkel
Academic Member
Monika Hinkel

Japanese woodblock prints, Contemporary reworkings and interpretations of Ukiyo-e, Meiji nostalgia

Professor 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: +44 (0)20 7898 4453
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  • Room: 565
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave (2020-2021)

Dr Alan Cummings
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Alan Cummings
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4200
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  • Room: 391
  • Academic Support Hours: Term 1: Tuesday 1-3pm | Term 2: Monday 1-3pm
Dr Akiko Furukawa
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Akiko Furukawa
  • Tel: +44(0) 207 898 4233
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  • Room: 383
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 2-3pm & Thursday 1-2pm

Dr 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: +44 (0)20 7898 4093
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  • Academic Support Hours: On leave 2019-2024
Dr Seiko Harumi
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Seiko Harumi

Classroom discourse; classroom silence; pragmatics; translanguaging; conversation analysis; learner-centred reflective approaches in second language learning and language pedagogy

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4274
  • Email:
  • Room: 367
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesday 4-5pm & Thursday 4-5pm

Dr 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
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  • Room: 377
  • Academic Support Hours: Tues 10-11am (on site) / Wed 11am-12 noon (online)
Dr Natsuko Shibata Perera
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Natsuko Perera

Japanese language pedagogy and second language acquisition, especially interested in applied drama and sociocultural approach; bilingualism and translanguaging.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4236
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  • Room: 387
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 3-4pm / Wednesdays 4-5pm

Dr 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
Dr Satona Suzuki
Academic Staff, Japan Research Centre
Satona Suzuki

Modern Japanese history; modernity, imperialism and militarism. Social and political issues of contemporary Japan.

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4234
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  • Room: 390
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 4-5pm / Fridays 2-3pm


Dr 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
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  • Room: 380
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment/email
Professor 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:
  • Room: 342
  • Academic Support Hours: Mon 9-10 (online), Thurs 1-2 (342), or appointment

Senior Fellow

Emeritus Research Associates

Professor Gina Barnes
Emeritus Research Associate
Gina Barnes

State formation; agricultural transition; urbanisation; landscape archaeology; geoarchaeology, tectonic archaeology; East Asian archaeology especially Japanese archaeology and prehistory/protohistory

Professor Stephen Dodd
Emeritus Research Associate
Co-Editor of Japan Forum
Steve Dodd
Modern Japanese literature, with particular interest in gender/sexuality, Modernism and translation studies
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4216
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  • Room: 381
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 3-4pm (Term 2 only)
  • On Sabbatical:2018-2019 (Term 1)

Professor Andrew Gerstle
Emeritus Research Associate
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
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  • Room: 390
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm / Email for an appointment
Dr David W Hughes
Emeritus 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

Professor Machiko Nissanke
Emeritus Research Associate
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.

Research Associates

Dr Marcos Centeno
Research Associate
Marcos Centeno

Japanese Cinema particularly non-fiction formats, representation of minorities, Ainu people, transnationality, memory, film theory and postwar avant-garde.

Professor Peter Kornicki
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.

Dr Hannah Osborne
Research Associate
Hannah Osborne Photo

Modern Japanese literature, gender and the body in literature, illustrations and text in literature, women's writing and translation

Dr Kristin Surak
Research Associate
Kristin Surak

International migration, political sociology, nationalism, culture, state and society in Japan, qualitative methods.

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

Visiting Scholars

Dr Mohamad Firdaus
Visiting Scholar
Mohamad Firdaus

Research Area: Modern History of Japan with a special interest on Meiji Ishin.

Date of Appointment: November 2021 - October 2023

Professor Takeshi Fujikawa
Visiting Scholar
Takeshi Fujikawa

Research Area: Comparative Research on the UK and Japan on the Establishment of Supporting Industries.

Date of Appointment: September 2021 - September 2022

Professor Masaya Iwasaki
Visiting Scholar
Masaya Iwasaki

Research Area: Japanese Traditional Culture and its Education; Architecture, Handicraft, and Performing Arts; The Way of Tea, Flower, and Incense.

Date of Appointment: September 2021 - August 2022

Dr Donatella Natili
Visiting Scholar
Donatella Natili

Research Area: Modern and Contemporary Japanese Literature, Gender Studies, Modern Japanese Women Poetry, Japanese Cinema.

Date of Appointment: May 2022 - September 2022

Professor Satomi Yamato
Visiting Scholar
Satomi Yamato

Research Area: Social impact of tourism; Regional and community development by the tourism.

Date of Appointment: October 2021 - September 2022