RESEARCH - Research Profile

I am Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Director of Research and Innovation at the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS), University of Sheffield. I research, write, and teach about the social and cultural geography of East Asian development. Within this broad area I focus on:

• The theory and practice of permanent employment in large organizations,
• Work and its representation in popular culture, and
• Population, environment, and regional development in post-industrial society.

To get in contact please click About Me.

Current Research

I enjoy working with others and believe in collaborating with others to combine complementary perspectives, knowledge sets, methodological capabilities, and personal backgrounds and temperaments, to produce high quality research output.

In 2014 I began a series of collaborative projects that I expect to see published through to 2018. The first is to revisit my original PhD research for a co-authored monograph on Lifetime Employment in 21st Century Japan. Related to this, I want to develop a methodology for measuring the relationship between organizational behaviour and popular culture in defining employment categories and styles in Japan via an analysis of gender representation in workplace manga. Next, I am extending my work on regional development to develop understanding the relationship between depopulation and social and environmental sustainability in East Asia. Lastly, I am working with colleagues on a project that examines postdoctoral career formation in Area studies, with an emphasis on Japanese and East Asian studies.


I like to reach different audiences via monographs, book chapters, and peer reviewed articles in scholarly journals, including Japan Forum, Social Science Japan Journal, Organization, Asian Business & Management, Local Environment, and Gender, Work and Organization. For this research I've received funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, GB-Sasakawa Foundation, British Association for Japanese Studies, White Rose East Asia Centre, and Japan Foundation Endowment Committee.

I also like to be engaged publicly through collaborating with media, delivering talks and developing other cooperative activities, and I warmly welcome approaches from people who think they might benefit from working together. Contact details can be found on my About Me page.

Other Projects and Interests

I am interested in internet communications and the publishing industry and the founder and publishing editor of both the electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies and Paulownia Press. The former recently celebrated its tenth year in continuous publication and has published more than 200 refereed articles, discussion papers and reviews, while the latter has published three volumes on war memory and reconciliation in Asia.

In addition, I led the redevelopment of the British Association for Japanese Studies website and, as a part of this, the Discover Japanese Studies project. The latter is a set of web and CD-based materials designed to inform secondary school students about Japanese studies as a potential subject of study at university, which was generously supported by grants from the British Association for Japanese Studies, GB-Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan Foundation, Japan Airlines, and the Embassy of Japan in the UK.