SOAS University of London

Japan Research Centre

Dr Verity Postlethwaite

BA (Nottingham), MA (Birmingham), PhD (Worcester)
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Verity Postlethwaite
SOAS Japan Research Centre (JRC)

Research Associate

Dr Verity Postlethwaite
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Verity, holds a BA in Politics (University of Nottingham), MA in International Law, Ethics and Politics (University of Birmingham) and a PhD (University of Worcester). The PhD focused on the intersections of legacy and policy during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. For the past decade, Verity has contributed to national and international policy and governance research, including studies around diplomacy and sport. A recent research project focused on the legacy potential post-Tokyo 2020 for the Paralympics and para-sport. The research was funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science ‘Pre/post-doctoral’ Fellowship scheme, in partnership with Toin University of Yokohama and the University of Worcester. Outputs from this research are ongoing, including a co-edited Handbook and further research into the representation of disability at sporting events in Japan.

Verity helped start the 'Global Sport Conversations' series and is a researcher in the Sports Diplomacy and Governance hub, which is lead by Dr. J Simon Rofe. She can also be found on Twitter.



Relations between Japanese society and sport, specialising in the Paralympics and disability sport policy.