Program in Social Development and Culture


  • Professors
  • Purpose of the program
  • Fields of Profession for Program Graduates
  • Positions Held by Program Graduates
  • MA and Ph.D. Theses


  • Supporting Professor(s):
    • Yoshiaki Nishikawa (Rural Industry Promotion, Endogenous Development)
    • Aya Okada (Human Resource Development)

Purpose of the Program

  • The following research and study areas are to be covered in this program:
    • 1)Basic framework and specific case studies of social development (mainly on poverty, gender, participatory development, and labor migration)
    • 2)Application of research results in area studies and studies on culture and multiethnic societies to the development process (this program also provides opportunities for those who wish to approach development, globalization and modernization from the viewpoint of local community/area studies, such as area studies and studies on multiethnic societies, etc.)
    • 3)Combination of the above 1) and 2)
  • Characteristics:
    • 1) Acceptance of students with a variety of backgrounds: Because this program highly evaluates academic and work experience in cooperation, conflict, and diversity, we respect the disciplines students have previously studied, and accept those who have various backgrounds of humanities and science courses. However, we will give appropriate guidance to those who need acquisition and/or re-education in his/her discipline.
    • 2) Utilization of Japan’s cases: Taking advantage of studying in Japan, this program compares Japan’s development experience (experience in modernization from the top) with cases in developing countries, and encourages the application of the lessons they offer, for the development of other countries.
    • 3) Pioneering of germinating research area: The universal development projects (including income generating projects such as community development and micro finance, projects for environmental improvement and quality of the life, etc.) which are introduced from outside of developing countries’ societies are generally perceived as foreign cultural elements to the communities themselves. In order to attain successful results from these projects, it is important to pay attention to the culture, tradition, gender, and moreover the geography and the ecology, of the implementation area, and to fully utilize the given conditions. In this program, the pioneering research area that would be considered important in the near future, i.e. research on effective utilization of the given conditions, is aimed at.

Fields of Profession for Program Graduates

  • Development administrators and practitioners who have ability to analyze socio-cultural elements in organizations in charge of development in Japan and other countries (ministries related with assistance, NGOs, JICA and development consulting companies)
  • Administrators and practitioners who acquire knowledge of social development and are able to cope with problems existing in multi-ethnic societies in developing and developed countries (including Japan)
  • Scholars and researchers in universities and research organizations (research institutions and think tanks) in Japan and other countries

Positions Held by Program Graduates

  • Master’s Program Graduates:
    • JICA (including JOCVs), Japan Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, officers of local governments (Mie Prefecture, Kobe City), think tank (UFJ Institute), NGOs (Peace Winds Japan, etc.), Ppivate companies (Sumitomo Trust & Banking, etc.)
    • Indonesian Government (Local Planning Department), Spanish Embassy in Japan
    • Students of the GSID Doctor Program and the Graduate University of Advanced Studies, etc.
  • Doctoral Program Graduates:
    • JICA
    • Aichigakuin Univeirsity, Shinshu University, Chuo University, Nihon Fukushi University, Taisei Gakuin University, Sun Yat-Sen University (China), Kitakyushu National College of Technology, etc.

MA and Ph.D. Theses

Mater theses

  • A Study on Changing Patterns of Economic Life of Selected Ethnic Communities in the Barind Region of Bangladesh
  • Church Youth Programs and Youth Development: Case-study of Vabukori Youth Program, Papua New Guinea
  • Civil Servant and Ethics Training in Indonesia
  • Commercialization of Microfinance  A Case Study of ACLEDA Bank of Cambodia
  • Enhancing Impact in Emergency Relief: Japanese NGOs in Java Earthquake
  • Garments Workers Condition in Bangladesh-Changes of Apparel Garment Sector Labor Employment with International Labor Standard Issues
  • How Local Elites Capture a Participatory Development Project? The Case of ARMM-Social Fund Project in Brgy. X
  • Is the SHG-Bank Linkae programme sustainable?-A case of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Major Trends of Japan’s ODA to Bangladesh
  • Morocco’s Public Policy Reforms: Assessing Morocco’s new housing strategy
  • Poor People’s Participation in the Development of an Urban Poor Community – the Case of a Local NGO-funded Community in the Philippines –
  • Recruitment Network of Trainees to Japan in Indonesia
  • Refugee Children’s Right to Participate: Analysis of Children’s Participation and Protection in Ban Don Yan, Thailand
  • Relation Between Women’s Multiple Roles and Career Advancement: A Study of Thai Working Women in Junior Management Level in Bangkok
  • The “Cities without Slums” program
  • The dilemma in the creation of a rule-based regional community and the maintenance of the principle of non-intervention: The case of the ASEAN charter
  • Characteristics of Social Business in Bangladesh
  • Exploring Karen Students’ Reactions to Thai Teachers’ Immediacy: Effects of Intercultural Classroom Communication
  • The Balance betweent Tied and Untied Aid for a Better Procurement System in the Republic of Korea
  • Unemployment, Wellbeing and Culture The Impact of Unemployment on Individuals of Different Cultures: The Case  Study of Japan and Egypt

Doctoral Dissertations

  • Beyond Otherness and Marginalization: Filipino Transnational Migrants’ Socio-Political and Cultural Attempts to Reposition Themselves in “Multicultural Japan”
  • Emerging Production Arrangements in the Philippine Banana Industry*Rediscovering the Path to a Successful Agrarian Reform in Commercial Farms: The Case of the
  • Mission Drift in Microfinance: Does Commercialization Lead to Weaker Social Performance?
  • Modest Empowerment: Women’s Agency and Collective Power via a Church Related Woman’s *Group in a Rural Town of the Solomon Islands
  • Who gets aid for the environment?: An analysis of global environmental aid allocation patterns