Professor Keiko Hirao is a sociologist specializing in the intersections among family, education and work. Her main research interests include gender stratification, intergenerational relations, human capital development, and sustainable lifestyles. She joined the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies in 2009, after having taught at the Department of Philosophical Anthropology for ten years. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame and M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University.

She is currently involved in Comparative Research on Climate Change Policy Network that concerns the cross-national comparisons of the institutions, ideas and interests that bring about different national policy responses to global climate change. The participating countries include Japan, U.S. Korea, China, Germany, England, and Greece. She is also a member of Executive Committee of the Japanese General Social Survey. Her other research projects include: gender analyses of pro-environmental activities, and life-course analyses of the so-called "lost generation," the youth born after 1970; comparative family research in Japan, Korea and China.

For more information on Professor Hirao's current research, see her webpage and CV (pdf).

Selected Publications

"Elaborating Gender Differences in Pro-environmental Activities."

2010. Journal of Environmental Studies 5: 5-15. (Japanese)

"Changing Patterns of Educational Investment for Women in Japan."

2008. Kyoikushakaigaku kenkyu 82:89-107. (Japanese)

"Changing Patterns of Educational Investment for Women in Japan."

2008. Kyoikushakaigaku kenkyu 82:89-107. (Japanese)

"Educational Expenses of Japanese Household: 1989-1999" (with Akiko Nagai and Kazuyasu Sakamoto).

2007. In Kakeikenkyu Heno Apurochi (Approaches to Household Expenditure) edited by Kaku Wakui. Kyoto: Mineruba Shobo. (Japanese)

"Privatized Education Market and Maternal Employment in Japan."

In Political Economy of Japan's Low Fertility, edited by Frances Rosenbluth.

"Contradictions in Maternal Roles in Contemporary Japan."

2007. In Working and Mothering: Images, Ideologies and Identities, edited by Theresa W. Devasahayam and Brenda S.A. Yeoh. Singapore: NIAS Press.

"Gender, Sibling, and Educational Attainment."

2006. In Parents and Children, Siblings, and Support Network (Report on NFRJ03), edited by Keiichi Mizoguchi and Kanbara Fumiko. Tokyo: Japan Society of Family Sociology.

"Who Returned to the Labor Market: Marriage, Childbirth and Living Arrangement with Parents."

2005. Japanese Journal of Family Sociology 17. (Japanese)

"Gender Gap in Investment in Higher Education."

2005. In Campus Life and College Renovation, edited by Kiyoshi Takeuchi. Tokyo: Sophia University Press. (Japanese)

"Educational Strategies of Family and Maternal Employment."

2004. In Women's Labor Supply and Parent-Child Relations, edited by Yuki Honda. Tokyo: Keiso Shobo. (Japanese)

"Daily Support for Elderly Parents: Japan-U.S. Comparison."

2002. Ningengaku Kiyo 32:123-141. (Japanese)

"Gender, Generation and Conflicting Values."

2002. Sophia 50:499-515. (Japanese)

"Mothers as the Best Teachers: Japanese Motherhood and Early Childhood Education."

2001. In Women's Working Lives in East Asia, edited by Mary C. Brinton. Stanford: Stanford University Press. (English)

"The Effect of Higher Education on the Rate of Labor-force Exit for Married Japanese Women."

2001. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 42: 413-433.

"The Effect of Higher Education on the Rate of Labor-Force Exit for Married Japanese Women."

1999. The Japanese Journal of Labour Studies 471:29-41.