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Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe

Gender and Development Studies, Department of Development and Sustainability

Ph.D. in Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Master in Rural and Regional Development and Planning, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Bachelor of English language and studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

  • Gender and Development (theory and practice)
  • Women in the informal economy
  • Gender issues in labor migration
  • Gender and fisheries/ aquaculture
  1. Kusakabe, K. and Thongprasert, S. (2022). Women and men in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture in Asia – Barriers, constraints and opportunities towards equality and secure livelihoods. Bangkok, Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations, Bangkok.
  2. Lund, Ragnhild, Kyoko Kusakabe, Nitya Rao and Nireka Weeratunge (eds) (2020) Fisherfolk in Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka: Migration, gender and well-being, Routledge.
  3. Siar, Suzana and Kyoko Kusakabe (eds) (2020) Demographic change in Asian fishing communities: Drivers, outcomes and potential impacts, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Bangkok.
  4. Pearson, Ruth and Kyoko Kusakabe (2012) Thailand’s Hidden Workforce: Burmese Migrant Women Factory Workers, Asian Argument Series, London: Zed Books.
  5. Veena, N and Kyoko Kusakabe (2023) “Negotiating social location as a workplace strategy: Gorkhali women migrant domestic workers and South Asian employers in Bangkok”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 49:11, 2932-2949.
  6. Kusakabe, Kyoko, Khamnuan Khuenta, Tiwaporn Hemsakul, Veena N. (2019) “Building a home away from home: Housing choices of labor migrants in Thailand”, Migration and Development, 8:2, 176-191.
  7. Kusakabe, Kyoko and Aye Chan Myae (2019) “Precarity and Vulnerability Under Expansion of Rubber Plantation in Northern Laos and Northern Shan State”, Journal of Contemporary Asia 49:4, 586-601.
  8. Lund, Ragnhild, Kyoko Kusakabe, Smita Mishra Panda, Wang Yunxian (2016)  Building knowledge across transnational boundaries: Collaboration and friendship in research, Emotion, Space and Society 20, 18-24
  9. Kusakabe, Kyoko and Ruth Pearson (2016) “Working through exceptional space: the case of women migrant workers in Mae Sot, Thailand”, International sociology, 31:3, 268-285.
  10. Ma, Agatha and Kyoko Kusakabe (2015) “Gender analysis of fear and mobility in the context of ethnic conflict in Kayah State, Myanmar”, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 36:3, 342-356.
  11. Kusakabe, Kyoko, Ragnhild Lund, Smita M. Panda, Wang Yunxian (2015) “Resettlement in Lao PDR: Motility, resistance and gendered impacts”, Gender, Place and Culture 22:8,1089-1105.
  12. Akter, Shamima and Kyoko Kusakabe (2014) “Gender-based violence among documented Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh”, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 21:2, 225-246.
  13. Kusakabe, Kyoko and Ruth Pearson (2013) “Cross-border childcare strategies of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand”, Gender, place and culture, 20:8, 960-978.
  1. Making NbCS in aquaculture monitoring more gender responsive in Southeast Asia: What gets measured gets done  (GeNA)

    Under Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section (GAFS)/Asian Fisheries Society, supported by IDRC Canada (2023-2027)

  2. Toward gender and democratic justice: Support for capacity development of civil society and academia in Myanmar

    Supported by IDRC Canada (2022-2025)

  3. Guidelines for promoting gender equality in regional marine plastic management

    Supported by World Bank.  (2020-2021)

  4. Research on labour migration and human trafficking laws, regulations and policies.

    Supported by One-World GVC, (2020)

  5. Migration and collectives/ networks as pathways out of poverty: Gendered vulnerabilities and capabilities of fishing communities in Asia

    Supported by Norwegian Research Council (in collaboration with NTNU, University of East Anglia, International Center for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka)  (2016-2018)