Dr Pia Jolliffe

Pia Jolliffe
Research and Teaching Associate

I am a Research and Teaching Associate at the Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies and a Research Scholar at the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice, Blackfriars Hall. I hold a DPhil in International Development (Oxford), an MA in Japanese Studies (University of Vienna) and a DESS in Asian Studies (University of Geneva). In Geneva I have also worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and after my DPhil I have spent some time in a monastic community in Haifa before returning for post-doctoral work to Oxford.

My academic research and teaching interests include Modern Japanese History, Contemporary Japanese Society, and Qualitative Research Methods.  My research focuses on learning, migration, and intergenerational relations among the Karen people, a Southeast Asian ethnic minority group as well as on questions of identity and alterity within the Japanese context, in particular the 16th and 17th century encounters between Europeans (nanbanjin) and Japanese, and the colonization/development process of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido as experienced by marginalized groups such as prisoners, the Ainu and poor immigrants.  In my current book project I am writing about Prisons and Forced Labour on Japan's Northern Island of Hokkaido (forthcoming with Routledge).

My publications include :


·        2016 Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations. The Karen and the Gift of Education. London: Palgrave Macmillian.

·       2016 Gefängnisse und Zwangsarbeit auf der japanischen Nordinsel Hokkaido. Vienna: LIT Verlag.

Academic articles

·       2017 ‘Thomas Linacre – Humanist, Scholar, Physician and Priest’ Catholic Medical Quarterly 67/3, 17-18.

·       2017 ‘Karen youth transitions at the Thai-Myanmar border’ Journal of Youth Studies 20/10, 1313-1327.

·       2017 ‘Book Review- Researching the Lifecourse: Critical Reflections from the Social Sciences edited by Nancy Worth and Irene Hardill’ Journal of Population Ageing 10/1, 101-104

·       2016 ‘Intergenerational relations and rural development among the Karen in Northern Thailand’ International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries, 1 / 2, 143-157

·       2016 ‘Night-time and refugees. Evidence from the Thai-Myanmar border’ Journal of Refugee Studies 29/1, 1-18.

·       2007 ‘Into the jungle of bureaucracy: negotiating access to camps at the Thai-Burma border’, Refugee Survey Quarterly, 26/3, 51-60.

·       2005 ‘Blurring the boundaries: prisons and settler society in Hokkaido’, International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter 39, 8.

·       2003 ‘Translating Academic Research to the Public’, Anthropology News 44/3, 22-23. (with Brigitte Steger)

·       2003 ‘Über hikikomori sprechen. Unterschiedliche Darstellungsweisen im öffentlichen Diskurs’ Minikomi – Informationen des akademischen Arbeitskreises Japan 66, 28-34.

·       2002 ‘Jōkō-san, tanōkō und maikā. Zur Wechselwirkung von Technologie und geschlechtlich segregiertem Arbeitsmarkt in Japan’ Minikomi Informationen des akademischen Arbeitskreises Japan 65, 13-18.

·       2001 ‘One Team. One Scarf. One Neck? Strategischer Körpereinsatz bei der Tokyo Motor Show’ Minikomi – Informationen des akademischen Arbeitskreises Japan 62, 35-38 (with Sigrid Willibald)

Book chapters

·        2008 ‘Sleeping as a Refuge? Embodied Vulnerability and Corporeal Security during Refugees' Sleep at the Thai-Burma Border’, in Lodewijk Brunt and Brigitte Steger (eds) Worlds of Sleep, Berlin: Frank and Timme, 193- 210.

Working papers

·       2017  ‘Participatory research methods with children and adolescents of the Karen people in the highlands of Chiang Mai – a research report’ The Vienna Psychoanalyst https://www.theviennapsychoanalyst.at/ (22 March 2017)

·       2009 Conceptualising and Measuring Children’s Time Use: A Technical Review for Young Lives, Young Lives Technical Note 14, Oxford: Young Lives. (with Virginia Morrow and Martin Woodhead)

·       2008 Early Childhood Transitions Research: A Review of Concepts, Theory, and Practice, Working Papers in Early Childhood Development 48, The Netherlands: Bernard van Leer Foundation. (with Gina Crivello and Martin Woodhead)

·       2006 In the absence of the humanitarian gaze: refugee camps after dark, New Issues in Refugee Research, Policy Development and Evaluation Service, Geneva: UNHCR (Research Paper; 137)

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