updated on January 20, 2019
Akihiro Ogawa, Ph.D.
Professor of Japanese Studies, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne (September 2015 – )
Sidney Myer Asia Centre
University of Melbourne
761 Swanston Street, Parkville
VIC 3010 Australia
Akihiro Ogawa is an internationally active scholar with a multi-disciplinary approach to the social sciences. Following the receipt of a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Cornell University and subsequent two years of post-doctoral work at Harvard University’s Program on US-Japan Relations and Department of Anthropology, he taught at Stockholm University, Sweden, between 2007 and 2015, where he was promoted from an assistant professor to a professor. In September 2015, Ogawa moved to Australia to assume the Japanese Studies Chair at the University of Melbourne, where he is now establishing new research networks and pursuing new collaborations.
Ogawa’s research interests include civil society, social movements, politics, peace strategies, security, as well as issues facing education and energy. His research is international in scope and comparative in focus.
He is currently leading the Asian Civil Society Research Network and producing impactful, distinguished work with a unique, interdisciplinary focus emphasizing innovative and empirically grounded concepts, such as ethnography. He is Editor of Routledge Handbook of Civil Society in Asia (Routledge, 2017). He is also the author of The Failure of Civil Society?: The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan (SUNY, 2009), which won the Japan NPO Research Association Book Award in 2010, and Lifelong Learning in Neoliberal Japan: Risk, Knowledge, and Community (SUNY, 2015).
Ogawa keeps abreast of the latest developments in social science theory, choosing projects that will demonstrate a deep understanding of how society functions within contemporary theoretical contexts. He has also contributed to many top-tier international journals and edited volumes on Japanese society, culture, and politics.
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