PROF Akihiro Ogawa

PROF Akihiro Ogawa


  • Action Research
  • Civil Society
  • Modern Japanese Society



  • I consider myself to be an internationally active scholar with a successful, multi-disciplinary approach to the social sciences. Following the receipt of my 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, I taught at Stockholm University, Sweden, between 2007 and 2015, where I was promoted from an assistant professor to a professor.

    I have also held affiliations with King's College London, the University of Tokyo, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (Japan), University of Aarhus (Denmark), University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), Stockholm School of Economics, and Columbia University (USA). Before beginning my academic career, I was a staff reporter for five years at Kyodo News, a Japanese wire service, where I covered the Tokyo Stock Exchange and the Bank of Japan.

    My research interests include civil society, social movements, politics, peace strategies, security, as well as issues facing education and energy. My research is international in scope and comparative in focus.

    I am currently leading the scholarship on Asian civil society and producing impactful, distinguished work with a unique, interdisciplinary focus emphasizing innovative and empirically grounded concepts, such as ethnography. I am 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). In preparing these books, I keep 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. I have also contributed to many top-tier international journals and edited volumes on Ja   


Member of

  • AR Issues Association. vvv 2016 -
  • Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology. 日本文化人類学会 2009 -
  • European Association for Japanese Studies. vvv 2008 -
  • Association for Asian Studies. vvv 2004 -
  • American Anthropological Association. Society for East Asian Anthropology, Councilor, 2013–2016 2003 -
  • European Japan Advanced Research Network. founding member 2009 - 2015


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Research Grants (selected)
    • Japan Foundation Mini Grant Program for Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange, 2018–2019
    • Japan Foundation Grant Program for Japanese Studies Projects, 2018–2019
    • University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts, Universal Grants, 2017, 2018
    • Toyota Foundation Joint Research Grant, 2017-2019
    • Japan Foundation Grant for Intellectual Exchange Conference 2016-2017
    • University of Melbourne, Faculty of Arts, Faculty Research Grants, 2015, 2016
    • Social Science Research Council (USA), Abe Fellowship, in coordination with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, 2010–2011
    • German Research Foundation-funded Research Training Group 1613 Risk and East Asia, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2009–2010
    • Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, Guest Lecturers Appropriations, 2009–2015
    • Harvard University Program on US-Japan Relations, Advanced Research Fellowship, 2004–2005


Education and training

  • Ph.D., Cornell University 2004
  • MA, Cornell University 2002
  • MA, Columbia University 1999

Awards and honors

  • Docent in Japanese Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden, 2012
  • Japan NPO Research Association Book Award for The Failure of Civil Society?: The Third Sector and the State in Contemporary Japan, Japan NPO Research Association, 2011
  • Abe Fellowship, Social Science Research Council (USA) in coordination with the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership, 2010



Available for supervision

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