Research Team

Research methodology

In this study, the research team is split into three sections: the fieldwork team, evaluation team, and comparative team. We aim to continue developing our model of the framework of emergency humanitarian assistance throughout the three stages of this research process.

Research team organization

The Fieldwork Team is responsible for localizing the framework of humanitarian assistance by conducting fieldwork in East Africa pastoral society.

  • Shinya Konaka (Professor, School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka)
    Responsible for overseeing the project as a whole, conducting fieldwork on humanitarian assistance throughout East Africa, and conducting fieldwork on the people’s basic livelihood and material culture.
  • SUN Xiaogang (Project Associate Professor, Graduate School of Area Studies of Asia and Africa, Kyoto University)
    Responsible for conducting fieldwork on the ecological resilience and food security of pastoralists in Kenya.
  • Itsuhiro Hazama (Associate Professor, School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki University)
    Responsible for conducting fieldwork on primary health care and medical pluralism among South Sudanese refugees and pastoralists in Uganda.
  • Naoki Naito (Associate Professor, Faculty of Integrated Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokushima)
    Responsible for conducting fieldwork on the formal and informal education of South Sudanese and Somalian refugees and displaced people.
  • Yoshinori Mochizuki (Visiting Researcher, Center for Global Studies, Graduate School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka)
    Responsible for conducting fieldwork on humanitarian assistance for South Sudanese refugees at refugee settlements in Uganda.

The Evaluation Team consists mainly of practitioners who evaluate local frameworks of emergency humanitarian assistance.

  • Masako Yonekawa (Special Project Researcher Fellow,, Graduate School of Social Design Studies, Rikkyo University)
    Drawing on her experience as Head of the UNHCR Goma Office, Professor Yonekawa will carry out an evaluation of the people’s basic livelihood and material culture.
  • Seiji Utsumi (Professor, Graduate School of Human Development and Education, Kyoto Women’s University)
    Professor Utsumi is the leading authority on emergency humanitarian assistance in the field of education. As a practitioner who served as a JICA expert, Professor Utsumi edited the only volume on humanitarian assistance in Japan, International Emergency Humanitarian Assistance. He is responsible for evaluating formal and informal education.
  • Itaru Ohta (Professor, Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University)
    Professor Ohta is the ASAFAS Professor at Kyoto University; he will provide overall research advice.
  • Go Shimada (Associate Professor, School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka)
    Through his working experience at JICA and Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, Dr. Shimada will look at the transition from emergency aid to development aid. His research in the past includes the role of social capital after natural disasters such as the East Japan earthquake. His current other positions include Visiting Scholar of Columbia University.
  • Saverio Krätli (Freelance researcher and international consultant in pastoral systems; Editor of Nomadic Peoples).
  • Sada Mire (Executive Director, Somali Heritage; Researcher, Leiden University).
  • Mesfin Taffese (Member of Board of Trustees, Pastoral Environment Network in the Horn of Africa).

The Comparative Team is responsible for comparing the localized framework of emergency humanitarian assistance with findings drawn from African hunter-gatherer and agricultural societies.

  • Naoki Matsuura (Assistant Professor, School of International Relations, University of Shizuoka)
    Responsible for researching social change among the Babongo Pygmies of Southern Gabon, and comparing study results with research findings drawn from African hunter-gatherer societies.
  • Rumiko Murao (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Design Studies, Rikkyo University)
    Responsible for researching Angolan refugees in Zambia, and comparing the results with research findings related to African agricultural society.
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