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Directors & executive


Professor Jenny Corbett

(Crawford School of Public Policy )

 Professor Jenny Corbett is Distinguished Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.  She was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) from 2012 to 2016.  Before that she was the Executive Director of the Australia-Japan Research Centre, at the Crawford School  from 2005 to 2012.  She is also Reader in the Economy of Japan at the University of Oxford where she has taught since 1983, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR, London) and a Research Associate of the Centre for Japanese Economy and Business at Columbia University.  She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan.   Her research centres on current macro-economic and financial policy issues in Japan, regional financial integration and regulation of cross-border financial flows.  She has written on financial crisis and financial system design since the early 1990s, covering developments in Eastern Europe in the early 90s and Asia and Japan in the late 1990s.  She has been a consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the OECD, the World Bank and the European Commission and has directed research projects for the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) on economic policy issues in the East Asia Summit group of countries.  She is a member of the Australia New Zealand Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee which comments on current developments in financial and monetary policy.  In 2014 she was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.   

Deputy director

Dr Carol Hayes

(School of Culture, History & Language)

Japanese language; Taisho poet Hagiwara Sakutaro and the ‘modernist’ movement in Japan; Japanese postwar literature and film.

Japan Institute executive 2013-2015

Dr Tomoko Akami

(School of Culture, History & Language)International Relations; Asian History; Historical Studies; Government And Politics Of Asia And The Pacific; Political Theory And Political Philosophy

Dr Shiro Armstrong

(Crawford School of Public Policy)

The Japanese and Chinese economy; Japan-China economic relations; East Asia regional economy 

Associate Professor Simon Avenell

(School of Culture, History, and Language)

Modern Japanese history; civic activism, civil society, and state-society relations in contemporary Japan; political thought in contemporary Japan; environmental history and environmentalism in contemporary Japan; transnational aspects of contemporary Japanese history; Japan in East Asia.

Mr Shun Ikeda

(School of Culture, History and Language)

 Japanese language education, culture and society; comparative education in Asia and in socio-linguistics (language policy and planning)

Associate Professor Duck-Young Lee

(School of Culture, History & Language)

Japanese-Korean linguistics; discourse analysis; unique features of spoken language; Japanese language and education; language and culture in Korean diaspora in Australia

Professor Tessa Morris-Suzuki

Professor of Japanese History, Convener of Pacific and Asian History, School of Culture, History & Language

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