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   Division of Arts and Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, International Christian University
■ Academic Background
1. 2004/11/01
Degree Acquisition
Michigan State University, PhD
2. 1995/11/01
Degree Acquisition
University of Bath, MSc
■ #Professional Background
1. 2006/04~ Professor
■ #Present Specialized Fields
Sociology, Sociology of Science (Key Word:food safety, social studies of biotechnology, trust) 
■ Profile
Dr. Yamaguchi specializes in the sociology of knowledge, the sociology of agriculture and food, and science and technology studies. She has worked on a range of research projects examining the ways in which social reality is constructed in situations involving conflict and controversy; her primary focus as been the ways in which scientific knowledge is interpreted, reaffirmed and altered in day-to-day interactions between stakeholders attempting to exert influence in a situation, and how and why dominant interpretations give power to some stakeholders and not others. She employs qualitative research methods including in-depth interviews, focus groups, content analysis of textual data, and participant observations. She has examined social conflicts concerning GM cotton in India, nutritionally enhanced GMOs, BSE, nanotechnology in food, and functional foods. She is currently working on food safety/risk debates with respect to radioactive nuclides.
■ #Main Course Titles
Social Studies of Science, Sociology of Food and Agriculture
■ #Books and Articles
1. Article Performativity of expectations: The emergence of plant gene editing technologies in Japan Elementa 8(1),pp.36 (Single) 2020/12
2. Book The Art of Interviewing Studying Japan: Handbook of Research Designs, Fieldwork and Methods pp.200-203 (Collaboration) 2020/12
3. Book "Coping with food safety risks: Information sources and responses by residents in Japan in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident" Food Insecurity: A Matter of Justice, Sovereignty, and Survival pp.197-213 (Collaboration) 2020
4. Article "Perceived Risk and Demands for Countermeasures against Diabetes and Radiation in Fukushima after the Nuclear Accident" International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 49(101671) (Collaboration) 2020 Link
5. Article "Food Safety in a Global Economy: Policies and Concerns" Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science  (Collaboration) 2019/11 Link
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■ #Academic Conference Presentation
1. 2019/09/05 Performing Visions of Gene Editing Technologies (Annual Meeting of the International Society for Social Studies of Science)
2. 2016/03 Changing Contours of Discourses Surrounding “Food Security (The 4th Annual International and Interdisciplinary Conference: Food Insecurity in a Globalized World: The Politics and Culture of Food Systems)
3. 2015/11 Risk Assessment for Whom? (Annual Meeting of the International Society for Social Studies of Science)
4. 2015/05 Organic Farmers' Responses to Contamination Concerns after Fukushima (International Symposium on Food Safety and Consumers’ Advocacy in Japan and East Asia)
5. 2015/04 Science and Democracy after the Fukushima Crisis (International Workshop on Science, Technology and Democracy: Scientific Citizenship and Governance)
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■ #Lectures
1. 2010/12 Food Safety Debates on Functional Foods and Social Imaginery
2. 2008/12 Discourse and Practices in “STS” in Asia
3. 2005/04 Theories and Concepts for Understanding Agrifood Biotechnology Controversies in India
4. 2003/10 The Role of Expert Knowledge
5. 2002/10 Conceptual Framework for Examining Agrifood Biotechnology Discourse
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■ #Academic Society Memberships
1. 2013/04 The Japan Sociological Society
2. 2008~2018 Asia-Pacific STS Network
3. 2008~ European Association for the Studies of Science and Technology
4. 2008~ Society for Social Studies of Science
5. 2002~ International Sociological Association
■ #Research Topics, Funded Research, and Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
1. 2021~  Gene Editing in Agriculture and Food: A Comparative Assessment of How Technologies of Trust and Competing Sociotechnical Imaginaries Shape National Governance Frameworks  (Key Word : )
■ #Committees and Societies
1. 2021/07/01~ Advisor
■ #Websites
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