Dr Junko Yamashita

B.A.(Gakushuin), M.A.(Tokyo), Ph.D.(York)

  • BS8 1TU

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Research interests

My research expertise is on social and policy analysis of welfare, care, families, intergenerational relations, inequality and gender.

I am concerned with using comparative analysis of East Asian and European welfare systems. My current research explores the interaction of care policy, social norms on care and family, intergenerational caring relationships, divisions of care labour and gender. I have also a long-term interest in civil society, particularly the roles and functions of non-profit organisations (NPOs) and people participating in their activities.


I was general secretary (2008-10) of East Asian Social Policy research network (EASP) that promotes the analysis and the exchange of research on East Asian Social Policy. I have awarded East Asian Social Policy research network (EASP)’s award for pioneering contribution to the development of East Asian Social Policy Research network (2012).

Currently I am leading an international collaborative research project on ‘Double Responsibility of Care’ that is funded by Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (2012-2015, 2016-2019). This research project investigates intergenerational and multi-dimensional caring relationships and has been making significant impact internationally, including an extensive media coverage and influencing policy-making and practice. 

External positions

Visiting Researcher , Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo

1 Oct 201531 Dec 2015

Affiliated Research Fellow, Centre for Economic and Social Studies in Asia, Yokohama National University

2012 → …

Structured keywords and research groupings

  • Families and Parenting
  • Ageing and the Life Course
  • Gender Research Group

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