The People Behind the IAFOR Reseach Centre

The work of the Research Centre is overseen by Professor Toshiya Hoshino in the university, with OSIPP's Professor Satoh as the official liaison. The representative of IAFOR is Dr Joseph Haldane.


Prof. Toshiya Hoshino. IRC

H.E. Dr Toshiya Hoshino

H.E. Dr Toshiya Hoshino is currently Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan to the United Nations.

Previous to his role at the UN, Professor Hoshino was on the faculty at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (Osaka University), serving as Dean from 2011​ to ​2014.

Prof. Haruko Satoh

Professor Haruko Satoh

Haruko Satoh is Specially Appointed Professor at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), where she teaches Japan’s relations with Asia and identity in international relations. She is also co-director of the OSIPP-IAFOR Research Centre and she was previously part of the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.

Prof. Virgil Hawkins. IRC

Associate Professor Virgil Hawkins

Virgil Hawkins holds a PhD in International Public Policy from the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University, where he currently serves as associate professor. He is also a research associate with the University of the Free State, South Africa.

Dr Joseph Haldane. IRC

Dr Joseph Haldane

Joseph Haldane is the Chairman and CEO of IAFOR. He is responsible for devising strategy, setting policies, forging institutional partnerships, implementing projects, and overseeing the organisation’s business and academic operations, including research, publications and events.

Senior Fellows

Dr John C. Beck. IRC

Dr John C. Beck
Senior Fellow

A Harvard PhD, John has been a professor/dean/board member in a number of top business / public policy programs on three continents. He is author of hundreds of articles and ten books (in eleven languages) including three best-selling award-winners.

Dr Lam Peng Er. IRC

Dr Lam Peng Er
Senior Fellow

Dr Lam Peng Er is a Senior Research Fellow at the East Asian Institute, National University of Singapore. His research interests are Japan's peace-building diplomacy, Sino-Japanese relations, Japan-Southeast Asia relations, and Japanese domestic politics.

Prof. Georges Depeyrot

Professor Georges Depeyrot
Senior Fellow

Professor Georges Depeyrot is a monetary historian at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris.

Dr James W. McNally

Dr James W. McNally
Senior Fellow

Dr James W. McNally is the Director of the NACDA Program on Aging, a data archive containing over 1,500 studies related to health and the aging lifecourse. He currently does methodological research on the improvement and enhancement of secondary research data and has been cited as an expert authority on data imputation.

Professor Ljiljana Markovic

Professor Ljiljana Markovic
Senior Fellow

Professor Ljiljana Markovic is Dean, Chairperson of the Doctoral Studies Program and Full Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of Belgrade, Serbia. She has previously served as Vice Dean for Financial Affairs, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade (2008–2016).

Dr Philip Sugai. IAFOR Research Centre

Dr Philip Sugai
Senior Fellow

Dr Sugai is a Professor of Marketing within Doshisha University's Graduate School of Business where he currently teaches Marketing, eMarketing, Marketing Research, and Sustainable & Responsible Marketing. Dr Sugai also served as a Visiting Professor for Stanford University from 2015 to 2017, where he taught Innovation in Japan at the Stanford Overseas campus in Kyoto.

Professor Gary E. Swanson

Professor Gary E. Swanson
Senior Fellow

Gary E. Swanson is the former Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. From 2005-2007 Professor Swanson was a Fulbright scholar to China and lectured at Tsinghua University and the Communication University of China. In summer 2008 he was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Swanson repeated his assignment covering the London Olympics for CCTV-4 in the summer of 2012.

Professor Gary E. Swanson

Dr Elena Mishieva

Dr Elena Mishieva is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Foreign Languages and Area Studies at Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, and holds a PhD in philology from the same university.


Nick Potts
Project Manager

For the past five years, Nick has been involved in various projects at Osaka University. Until recently he worked at the University's Creative Unit and was tasked with increasing the University's international engagement. Before that, for four years Nick worked on the MEXT Reinventing Japan project on “Peace and Human Security in Asia (PAHSA)” with six Southeast Asian and four Japanese universities.

Prior to Japan, Nick worked in Singapore for a United Kingdom-based organisation specialising in international educational, exams, arts and cultural opportunities.

Research Associates

Irina Novikova

Irina Novikova. IAFOR Research Centre

Irina Novikova, from Russia, is a recent PhD graduate from the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) Osaka University.

After obtaining a Master`s degree in Linguistics, she decided to use her background to apply a linguistic approach in political studies. Therefore, she is currently doing research on the framing of foreign policy through analyzing political speeches and media. Her hobbies are learning Japanese and exploring Japan.

Carmina Untalan

Carmina Untalan. IAFOR Research Centre

Carmina Yu Untalan is from the Philippines. She is a PhD student at Osaka School of International Public Policy OSIPP, Osaka University.

Her research is about the role of colonial interactions and identity-making in constructing and maintaining hegemonic powers at present. She tries to argue that American hegemony in East Asia is sustained via Japan's and the Philippine's perennial identification with the United States. She spend her spare time watching classic detective shows or playing with a cat named after a breakfast cereal.

Brian Aycock

Brian Aycock. IAFOR Research Centre

Brian, from the United States, is a graduate student at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study conducting research in Japan.

His undergraduate work was done in the United States before beginning postgraduate studies in economics at the University of Glasgow. Brian served in the US military during multiple overseas operations, then joined the Peace Corps to work on economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently Brian has been managing the refugee employment department of a resettlement agency, assisting refugees as they arrive in the United States. His current research interests are in international law, particularly refugee and human rights law, and he is conducting research into Japan’s position on, and participation in, the associated international instruments.

César Rodrigues

Cesar Rodriguez. IAFOR Research Centre

César Rodrigues is from Lisbon, Portugal. He's a graduate student at the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), Osaka University.

His background includes a BA and a Master's degree from Nova University of Lisbon, where he specialised in the field of security and intelligence studies. At the moment he is researching nuclear weapons proliferation, particularly, the evolving situation in East Asia. His hobbies are around music, cinema and buying one-way train tickets to far-away places. He also likes aeroplanes.

Dennis Boor

Dennis Boor. IAFOR Research Centre

Dennis Boor is from the Netherlands. His specialisation is memory studies, identity politics and contemporary European (mainly German) political and cultural history. He finished the Bachelor’s ‘History’ and ‘German Language and Culture’ cum laude at Groningen University, the Netherlands.

He acquired his Master’s degree (cum laude) at OSIPP in 2017.

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