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Reiko Shindo

Honorary Research Fellow

I am an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. From September to December 2020, I am also a CRISES Visiting Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä. Previously I worked at Coventry University as a Lecturer in International Relations (2016-2019), the University of Warwick as a Teaching Fellow (2015-2016), and the University of Tokyo (2013-2015) as an Assistant Professor. I obtained my PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University in 2013. My PhD research was funded by the E.H. Carr Scholarship and Overseas Research Student Award. In 2011, I took leave of absence to work as a programme advisor at the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan. I am currently serving on the Editorial Board of the journal, Citizenship Studies (Taylor and Francis).

Research Interests

My research cuts across the fields of migration, citizenship, and security studies. Most of my work derives from a general interest in citizenship and community. In particular, I examine how the ambiguous boundaries of citizenship are transforming conventional meanings of politics and the space of political community. My research has developed around the following three areas: (1) irregular migrant activism; (2) mobility and natural disasters (in particular, the Fukushima nuclear crisis); (3) ageing migrants and their sense of belonging. I have been committed to interdisciplinary research by drawing on works mainly from citizenship and migration studies, political geography, international relations, and Japanese studies.

My research covers three areas:

(1) Irregular migrant activism

This research project has been guided by the question of how migrants engage in the reshaping of political community. It specifically focuses on the legal as well as linguistic aspects of their involvement in politics. My research articles examined the mismatch between migrants’ legal statuses and their actual mobility patterns and developed new models for thinking of community through the concept of political society, and through translation space. My latest book (2019), Belonging in Translation: Solidarity and Migrant Activism in Japan, examines how migrants and migrant rights activists work together to generate new forms of citizenship through the use of language.

(2) Mobility and natural disasters

Prompted by the Fukushima nuclear disaster, caused by an earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan in March 2011, I have developed this research to examine how people move in response to nuclear accidents and how such movement challenges the pre-disaster spatial framework. I have examined these questions in relation to the notion of ‘home’ and security.

(3) Ageing migration and belonging

The aim of this project is to examine the link between ageing and migration. In particular, the project investigates various social interactions involving ageing migrants and local communities to explore multifaceted understandings of belonging to community in the era of migration. The project is in the initial stage and will be further pursued with a particular focus on the cases of Finland and Japan, two of the most rapidly ageing societies in the world.

  • Shindo, R. (2019) Belonging in Translation: Solidarity and Migrant Activism in Japan, Bristol: Policy Press, 208 pages.
  • Shindo, R. (2019) ‘Home, Sweet Home? Community and the Dilemma of Belonging’, Geopolitics (online first), 1-19. DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2019.1626829
  • Shindo, R. (2018) ‘Resistance beyond Sovereign Politics’, Security Dialogue 49(3), 183-199. DOI: 10.1177/0967010617751994
  • Shindo, R. and Ní Mhurchú, A. (eds) (2016) Critical Imaginations in International Relations, Oxon: Routledge, 282 pages.
  • Shindo, R. and Ní Mhurchú, A. (2016) ‘Introduction’. In In Critical Imaginations in International Relations. Edited by Ní Mhurchú, A., and Shindo, R. Oxon: Routledge, 1-10.
  • Shindo, R. (2016) ‘Resistance’. In Critical Imaginations in International Relations. Edited by Ní Mhurchú, A., and Shindo, R. Oxon: Routledge, 166-182.
  • Shindo, R. (2015) ‘Enacting Citizenship in a Post-Disaster Situation: The Response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake’, Citizenship Studies 19 (1), 16-34. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2015.982965
  • Shindo, R. (2015) ‘Pretended Citizenship: Resistance within the Il/legal Boundary’, Protosociology 32, 83-105. DOI: 10.5840/protosociology2015325
  • Shindo, R. (2014) ‘The Category Mismatch and Struggles over Citizenship in Japan’. In Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies. Edited by Isin, E. and Nyers, P. Oxon: Routledge, 376-387.
  • Shindo, R. (2012) ‘The Hidden Effect of Return Diaspora to Post-conflict Countries: The Case of Policy and Temporary Return to Rwanda’, Third World Quarterly 33(9), 1685-1702. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2012.721232
  • Shindo, R. (2012) ‘Rethinking Community and Citizenship: Translation Space as a Departure from Political Community’, International Political Sociology 6(2), 149-164. [Reprinted in 2013, the International Political Sociology Virtual Issue (on-line) ‘Territories, Spaces, Geographies’.] DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-5687.2012.00156.x
  • Shindo (2009) ‘Struggle for Citizenship: Interaction between Civil Society and Political Society at a Kurd Refugee Protest in Tokyo’, Citizenship Studies 13(3), 219-237. DOI: 10.1080/13621020902850627