Staff and lecturers Staff and lecturers

Dr Simon Kaner, Director

Archaeology and Heritage

Simon Kaner (MA, PhD Cantab, 2004) is Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies. He is an archaeologist specialising in the prehistory of Japan.
Simon Kaner
Before joining the Sainsbury Institute he was Senior Archaeologist at Cambridgeshire County Council and retains his interest in the management of cultural heritage. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London since 2005, he has taught and published on many aspects of East Asian and European archaeology and has undertaken archaeological research in Japan, the UK and elsewhere. His publications include The Power of Dogu: Ceramic Figures from Ancient Japan (2009), which accompanies a major exhibition at the British Museum. Other works include Jomon Reflections: Forager Life and Culture in the Prehistoric Japanese Archipelago by Kobayashi Tatsuo (2005) which he adapted and edited with Nakamura Oki, as well as An Illustrated Companion to Japanese Archaeology (2016)

Current Research

His research interests include: Japanese prehistory and the history of archaeology in Japan, Japanese cultural heritage and the international role of Japanese heritage management.

Further details about Simon including publications can be found on the Sainsbury Institute website.


(Listed in an Alphabetical Order)

Ms Motoko Akashi

Research Student, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Motoko Akashi completed her MA in Applied Translation Studies at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2013.  Her dissertation uses visibility paradigm of Laurence Venuti to analyse the translation strategies of Haruki Murakami, perhaps the most celebrated writer and translator in contemporary Japan.  Akashi is now PhD candidate at UEA under the supervision of Dr Duncan Large and Dr Joanna Drugan.  Her research, which is partially funded by the Sasakawa Great Britain Foundation, the BAJS, and the Japan Foundation, focuses on the phenomenon of celebrity translators, and asks how their experience problematizes our understanding of translator visibility.


Ms Mika Brown

Lecturer in Japanese, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies


Dr Susan K Burton

Research Student, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Susan K Burton (BA SOAS, MA Essex, MA UEA, DPhil Sussex) is currently a research student in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing. Having worked for a decade as an associate professor in various Japanese universities, she is now writing a creative non-fiction book on the interesting lives and odd careers of foreigners in Japan. In her spare time, she is also trying to write the great Japan expatriate novel.  An oral historian, her research interests include expatriate and third culture studies.  She can be contacted via her website:


Mr Nicholas Bradley

Research Student, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Nicholas Bradley (BA, Mst Oxon, MA) is a current creative and Critical Writing PhD student.  After graduating with a master's degree in English Literature in 2005, he spent ten years working for Japanese organisations in Hiroshima, Frankfurt and Tokyo. He then returned to the U.K. to complete an MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2016.

His PhD thesis will comprise of an 80,000-word novel set in Tokyo, and a 20,000-word critical project examining the figure of the cat in Japanese literature. Some Japanese authors who have inspired him are: Tanizaki Jun'ichiro, Kawabata Yasunari, Murakami Haruki, Murakami Ryu and Natsume Soseki.

Having worked as a travel photographer in Japan, he has a large catalogue of images of the country.


Dr Gibson D'Cruz

Associate Tutor, School of Health Sciences


Dr Rayna Denison

Senior Lecturer in Film and Anime Studies, School of Art, Media and American Studies

The locus of Rayna's research and teaching is the international circulation of film and television texts and cultures. Using her background in Japanese Studies, Rayna has made Japanese cinema a central research and teaching focus, and in addition has recently been broadening her enquiries to encompass the relationships between the national and the global with reference to American film and television. Rayna has an interest in a variety of texts including anime, Japanese cinema, comic book movies and children’s film and television, especially animation.


Dr Martin Doherty

Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology

Martin's research concerns developmental psychology, particularly children's developing 'theory of mind'.   He is interested in cross-cultural differences in social and perceptual development.  A driving interest is to explain why Japanese children develop theory of mind skills later than their Western counterparts.  He was a JSPS Fellow (2009) at Osaka Shoin Women's University, and currently collaborates with researchers at Tokyo Gakugei University and Joetsu Education University.

Further details about Martin, including publications can be found here.

Martin's book 'Theory of Mind' is available through Psychology Press.


Dr Steven Hayward

Reader, Computational Biology, School of Computing Sciences

The general area of Steven's research concerns conformational change in proteins and protein structure. In particular he is interested in the relationship between the two and how they both in turn relate to protein function. His research involves the use of various computational methods including biogeometry, molecular dynamics simulation and bioinformatics-based approaches. An example of his work is the DynDom software and its associated databases (see which form the foremost resource for the analysis and curation of information on protein domain movements.

Steven was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow (1991-1992) and EU-STP Fellow (1993-1995) at University of Kyoto and has been collaborating with Japanese researchers ever since.  As a member of the Computational Biology Laboratory in the School of Computing Sciences,  Steven has been awarded a JSPS Invitation (Short Term), JSPS Furusato and JSPS Bridge Fellowships, and with colleagues in CMP was awarded The 4th Annual Biophysics and Physicobiology (BPPB) Editor's Choice Award from The Biophysical Society of Japan for their research paper on biomolecular haptics in 2017. 


Ms Tracey Hearn

International Officer, Admission, Recruitment and Marketing

Tracey Hearn has been working in the international sphere of Higher Education marketing and recruitment for over 10 years.  After completing an MA Culture and Communication at UEA in 2003, Tracey took up a position with INTO, assisting them in establishing the first INTO pathway preparation centre on a UK university campus.  Since 2009, Tracey has been working within the University's International Office, working to drive student recruitment, develop business and build relationships with overseas institutions and organisations, most significantly in Japan, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan and Thailand.  Tracey has been travelling to Japan for over 7 years for both business and pleasure, and has assisted the University in increasing both its portfolio or Japanese partner institutions and Japanese student enrollments. Tracey is now Country Development Manager for East Asia, which includes responsibilities for China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

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Dr Geoff Hinchcliffe

Honorary Lecturer, School of Education

Geoff travelled to Japan in January 2017 to speak at a conference in Tokyo on citizenship and citizenship education.  His main contact was Jiro Hasumi, Associate Professor of Politics and Citizenship Education, Kyushu University.  At the conference there were academics from across a range of disciplines including Politics and Social Studies from different universities.  The Japanese government is gradually introducing a citizen education programme for schools and both the government and academics are keen to find out about international experiences.  UEA may be visited by Japanese academics and students relating to this in the future.


Dr Naoko Kishita

Lecturer in Dementia and Complexity in Later Life, School of Health Sciences

Naoko qualified as a Clinical Psychotherapist in 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. After completing her Ph.D at Doshisha University, she used postdoctoral funding to move to the National University of Ireland Galway to continue her research work. Naoko joined the Department of Clinical Psychology within the Norwich Medical School in July 2014 before taking up a lecturer position in the School of Health Sciences. Her research programme focuses on the development of psychosocial interventions for dementia carers and older people. She has a particular interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Read More:


Professor Peter Kitson

Professor of English, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

Peter Kitson joined UEA as a Professor of English in April 2013 in LDC and has a research interest in cultural relations between Britain and Southeast Asia in the 18th and 19th centuries. To date this has mainly been focused on China and Peter has just finished a monograph on Britain and China 1760-1840. Peter also would like to extend this focus to Japan in future.  In 2010 he received a visiting fellowship from the JSPS to work with Japanese scholars of British Romanticism and in June 2014, he is delivering a plenary lecture at the Romantic Connections conference on Tokyo which is included in the Japan400 programme:

Professor Kitson is interested in exploring further research collaborations with scholars in Japan, especially with regard to the perceptions of Japan in the period of the long 18th century.


Kayo Kondo

Research Student, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies

Kayo completed MA in Language and Communication Studies at UEA in 2016.  Her dissertation focuses on health communication, specifically, clinical empathy in medical education context in Japan, and the PhD thesis will centre on clinical consultation models between older patients and primary care doctors in Japan using conversation analysis. 


Dr Susanne Lindqvist

Director of the Centre for Interprofessional Practice and Senior Lecturer in Interprofessional Practice, School of Medicine 

Susanne's responsibilities include delivery and evaluation of Interprofessional Learning (IPL) delivered by the Centre.  Susanne and her team carry out research associated with interprofessional education, and her own particular interests in this area focus around interprofessional attitudes and effective facilitation of IPL.

Susanne joined the Centre in 2002, initially to set up a pilot with healthcare students.  The purpose of the initiative was to give students an opportunity to learn with, from and about each other allowing them to develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviour that facilitate effective interprofessional practice and lead to optimal care delivery.  The initial pilot turned out to be a success and as a result she was asked to extend IPL to involve all health and social care students.  The Centre currently offers a number of different opportunities of IPL to ~ 2400 students across ten different professions at UEA every year.  Students work together in small groups with students from different professions supported by facilitators trained by the Centre. 

The Centre also works with professionals and team in the practice setting to help them optimise their current practice.  The Centre currently offers two courses relating to change management to professionals in practice.  Working together with others both locally, nationally and internationally has been a key ingredient in the Centre’s approach to finding the best way forward in the joint attempt at providing meaningful opportunities for IPL that lead to real improvements in patient/client care. 

A collaboration with University of Niigata Health and Welfare was initiated in 2007.  Since then, Susanne has visited Niigata twice and students/staff from Niigata have visited UEA every year.  A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two institutions in 2011 in order to consolidate the connection and stimulate further exchange that facilitate the development of best interprofessional education and practice.


Dr Ra Mason

Sasakawa Lecturer in International Relations, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies

Ra Mason has taught a variety of subjects, including: International Relations, Global Politics, and Japanese Studies.  His research centres on the role of risk in international relations, and specifically its recalibration and mediation as part of discourses of security.  Ra specializes in Japanese Foreign Policy and Okinawa's security.  In his own time, Ra enjoys Football, cricket and painting.


Ms Mami Mizutori

Special Adviser to Japanese Studies

Exective Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Mami Mizutori is Executive Director of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures since 2011. The Institute is affiliated with the University of East Anglia where she is the Special Advisor for Japanese Studies.

Prior to joining the Institute, for twenty-seven years Mami worked for the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs where her last position was Budget Director for the Foreign Ministry. Previous posts have included being Director of the Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) at the Embassy of Japan in London, Director of the National Security Policy Division, Director of the United Nations Policy Division, Director of the Status of US Forces Agreement Division, and Deputy Director of the Personnel Division. In addition to London, Mami served in Washington DC,, and Mexico City, Mexico.

Mami graduated in law from Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo and obtained a Masters Diploma in International Studies from the Diplomatic School of Spain, managed by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has taught courses on governance in East Asia at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and international studies at Waseda University, Tokyo. Mami is frequently called upon to participate in international conferences relating to such themes as cultural policies and East Asian diplomacy hosted by the Ditchley Foundation and similar international organisations. In addition, she is a member of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, which meets annually in both countries and submits a formal set of recommendations to the Prime Ministers of the UK and Japan.

Mami writes on a wide variety of topics for contemporary Japanese media, including Monetary and Financial Affairs published by Jiji Press. She also analyses current affairs for several think tanks, including The Japan Research Institute, managed by a former senior Japanese diplomat. Recently, her work on public diplomacy in the UK was published in a volume produced by PHP Research Institute, and entitled ‘Public Diplomacy Strategy’. Mami Mizutori is a Managing Trustee of the Daiwa Anglo-Japan Foundation and a Trustee of the Association for Aid and Relief Japan. She serves as a non-executive Director of Fidelity Japanese Values PLC.


Dr Sam Nixon

Senior Research Associate, Centre for Archaeology and Heritage, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Sam Nixon PhD (2008, UCL) is an archaeologist whose broad research interest is the development of global trade and exchange networks in pre-modern times. His primary research interest is the medieval-era, with a particular emphasis on long distance trade networks linking European and Islamic medieval worlds to other parts of the globe. Sam’s principal research to date has been on medieval-era societies and trading networks in the Sahara and West Africa. Building on previous experience working in Japan, Sam is currently collaborating on a series of initiatives to link discussion of medieval-era archaeology in Japan into wider global networks and debates. His main theoretical interest is in the practice of ‘global’ or ‘world’ archaeology, and how different cultures around the world interpret and construct accounts of the histories of other peoples and nations.

Current Research

Sam is currently collaborating on a new project, Global Perspectives on British Archaeology, focused on linking archaeological researchers with a ‘global archaeology’ background and archaeologists investigating the British past. The aim is to see how such an exchange can generate new reflections on the practice of local, national, and international archaeologies, and ultimately how we as archaeologists construct histories within a globally connected archaeological world. The focal point of this project will be a field program in the UK involving collaborations with Japanese universities.  Read More:


Professor Nicole C. Rousmanière

Research Director, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Nicole Coolidge RousmanièreNicole C. Rousmanière is currently on a two-year secondment to the British Museum. She received her PhD from Harvard University in 1998 and spent three years on secondment as a Visiting Professor in Cultural Resource Studies at Tokyo University (2006-2009).

Current Research

Interests include Japanese contemporary craft, Japanese manga, early modern to contemporary ceramics in East Asia and trade networks, the history of archaeology and object collection from Japan across both Asia and Europe.


Dr Akiko Tomatsuri

Lecturer in Japanese Language, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies


Dr Eriko Tomizawa-Kay

Lecturer in Japanese Language, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies

Eriko Tomizawa-Kay obtained her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, specializing in modern Japanese art history, and the perception of nihonga (Japanese style painting) and the formation of nihonga collections outside of Japan. Following the completion of her doctorate, she was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 2013 to 2014. In 2014, she was appointed as a Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellow at the Sainsbury Institute for the Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC), where she is now an Academic Associate.

Current Research

Eriko is currently working on a new project, Deconstructing boundaries: Is 'East Asian Art History' possible? The aim of this project is to give insight into the changing boundaries and concepts of ‘art’ in Japan and East Asia. She hopes especially to illuminate the exchanges and dialogues that took place among the artists of Japan and other East Asian nations.  Publications


Dr Kaoru Umezawa

Lecturer in Japanese Language, School of Politics, Philosophy, and Language and Communication Studies


Dr Nadine Willems

Lecturer in Japanese History, School of History

Nadine Willems is an intellectual and cultural historian of modern Japan.  She joins UEA with a DPhil in History from the University of Oxford, which she received in 2015. Her thesis examined the agrarian foundations of early twentieth century Japanese anarchism, with a focus on the cross-border and non-institutional links that informed its development.  Her research interests extend to the history of ethnography, proletarian literature and human geography in a transnational perspective.  Prior to returning to academia in 2008, she worked in media and business in Tokyo for fifteen years, a professional experience that gives her useful insights into the workings of contemporary Japanese society.


Dr Barry Witcher

Reader Emeritus in Strategic and General Management, Norwich Business School

Barry WitcherDr Barry Witcher BA, PhD, is Reader Emeritus in Strategic and General Management at UEA's Norwich Business School. He joined the new Norwich Business School as Deputy Dean in 1995. He has held the post of Director of Research, and conducted the Directorships of two of UEA's largest masters and undergraduate programmes (the MSc and BSc in Business Management).

Current Research and Publications

As holder of research council and BAM grants, Barry's pioneering work on hoshin kanri business planning has led Toyota to recommend him as the leading European source on the subject. He has pushed back the conventional boundaries of strategy to take account of delivery and performance management, publishing a major international text in 2010: Strategic Management: Principles and Practice (Cengage).

He has previously worked in banking in the City of London, trout farming, community cooperatives in the Western Isles, and as director of the Centre for Quality and Change at the Durham University Business School. He has held posts at Strathclyde, Stirling, Teesside, Durham and Griffith Universities.

Barry has published an article on Hoshin Kanri through the Eyes of English Language Texts, in the Journal of Business Studies, 53(3), (2013) published by Ryukoku University.  Hoshin kanri is a Japanese approach developed since the 1960s for strategic planning and strategy deployment approach, used by large companies, such as Toyota, Nissan, but also Western ones like GE, Proctor & Gamble, Rolls Royce, and it has recently been introduced into parts of the NHS.  An extended bibliography is available from NBS.


Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

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