(Last updated : 2016-11-21 14:14:42)
  YAMAGUCHI, Tomiko
   Professor
   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
3. 1994/09~1995/08 Development Studies, Graduate School, College of Social Sciences, University of Bath, Completed
4. 1998/09~2004/12 Department of Sociology, Graduate School, Collge of Social Sciences, Michigan State University, Completed
5. 1982/04~1986/03 Department of British and American Studies, Faculty of Foreign Language, Nanzan University, Graduated
■ Professional Background
1. 2009/12~2011/08 Major Coordinator, Asian Studies, International Christian University
2. 2011/09~2014/03 Director, International Educational Exchange, International Christian University
■ Present Specialized Fields
Sociology, Sociology of Science (Key Word:food safety、social studies of agricultural biotechnology) 
■ 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. Book “Designing Participatory Technology Assessment” (Collaboration) 2013
2. Book "The Challenge of Nanotechnology-Derived Food: Addressing the Concerns of the Public" Debasis Bagchi (ed.) In Bio-Nanotechnology: A Revolution in Food, Biomedical and Health Sciences (Collaboration) 2012
3. Article “A Look at California Organic Farms” (Collaboration) 2016
4. Article “Examining Lay People’s Reponses to Risk: Knowledge Politics and Technoscience in the Asian Context” (Collaboration) 2016
5. Article “Examining Lay People’s Reponses to Risk: Knowledge Politics and Technosciences in the Asian Context” (Collaboration) 2016
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■ Academic Conference Presentation
1. 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)
2. 2015/11 Risk Assessment for Whom? (Annual Meeting of the International Society for Social Studies of Science)
3. 2015/05 Organic Farmers' Responses to Contamination Concerns after Fukushima (International Symposium on Food Safety and Consumers’ Advocacy in Japan and East Asia)
4. 2015/04 Science and Democracy after the Fukushima Crisis (International Workshop on Science, Technology and Democracy: Scientific Citizenship and Governance)
5. 2015/01 Radiation, Food Safety and Organic Farmers (The Meeting of the Small-Scale Economies Project)
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■ Lectures
1. 2012/01 In Pursuit of Perfect Safety: Why is Commercialization of GMOs Not Taking Place in Japan?
2. 2010/12 Food Safety Debates on Functional Foods and Social Imaginery
3. 2008/12 Discourse and Practices in “STS” in Asia
4. 2005/04 Theories and Concepts for Understanding Agrifood Biotechnology Controversies in India
5. 2003/10 The Role of Expert Knowledge
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■ Academic Society Memberships
1. 2013/04 The Japan Sociological Society
2. 2008~ 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
■ Social Activities
1. 2014~ Commissioned Project by Cabinet Office and Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery
2. 2009 Commissioned Project by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council, “Governance of Industrial Use of Genetic Engineering Crops
3. 2006~2008 Commissioned Project by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council, “Governance of Industrial Use of Genetic Engineering Crops
■ Exhibitions, Concerts and Athletic Meets
1. 2009/01~ Social Challenges in Technical Decision-Making (Proceedings of Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) International Symposium 2009 on Roles of Social Sciences in International Agricultural Research and Development, at University of Tokyo, 30-32)
2. 2009/11/04~2009/11/05 Social Challenges in Technical Decision-Making: Lessons from Social Controversies Concerning GM Crops (Yayoi Auditorium, the University of Tokyo)
■ Websites
   Forecasting and Society: Social and Political Dimensions of "the Science of Forecasting"
■ Grants-in-aid for Scientific Research Researcher Number
80425595