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Dr Naonori Kodate


Naonori Kodate

Lecturer/Assistant Professor In Social Policy
School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice
01 716 8472
University College Dublin, School of Social Policy Social Work and Social Justice, Sheehy-Skeffington Building Belfield Dublin 4


Dr Nao Kodate joined UCD as Assistant Professor in Social Policy in 2012. He holds a BA (International Relations) and LL.M from the University of Tokyo, MSc in European Politics and Policy, and a Ph.D in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently the Principal Investigator of a two-year, Toyota Foundation-funded international research project "Harmonisation towards the establishment of Person-centred, Robotics-aided Care System (HARP: RoCS)", working with teams in Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong and France. Another research project Nao leads is "Comparative analysis of patient safety systems: from the perspective of life cycle of incident data" funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Nao is a visiting professor of Hokkaido University's Public Policy Research Centre, and a senior researcher at the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI), University of Tokyo. He is also affiliated to the Geary Institute for Public Policy at UCD and the Universal Accessibility & Ageing Research Centre (UA-ARC) in Nishitokyo, Japan. He was previously a researcher at King's College London (NIHR King's Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre) and the University of Tokyo, a DAAD visiting researcher/lecturer at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and a visiting researcher at EHESS (l'Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux, IRIS), Paris in France. His main research interests include science, technology and society (STS), particularly in the use of eHealth (e.g. home care robots) in older people's care, patient safety, and gender equality in STEM education in different cultural settings. His books include Japanese Women in Science and Engineering: History and Policy Change. 'Good health', 'gender equality' and 'quality education' would be the three primary areas, covered by his research, out of 17 UN's Strategic Development Goals (SDGs). He was the Project Leader of the Japan Foundation-sponsored "Ireland-Japan Social Science Symposia (IrJaSS): Sharing knowledge, shaping the future of the welfare society in Europe and Japan" (2014-15), which was a joint project between UCD and the University of Tokyo. He is also a member of a research project entitled "Introduction of infrared monitoring system with communicative robots and Nemuri Scan, and their effect on older people's Quality of Life and nursing care workers' workload" (funded by the Japanese Council of Senior Citizens Welfare Services). Nao is Co-Chair of a multidisciplinary, academic-led UCD Japan Group, and a member of the UCD Asia-Pacific Research Network (APReN). Anyone who is interested in pursuing research in the above-mentioned areas is warmly welcome to contact him.


  • Senior Researcher
    University of Tokyo, Policy Alternatives Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan1 Apr 2012
  • Adjunct Researcher
    Hokkaido University, Public Policy Research Centre, Sapporo, Japan1 Apr 2012
  • Visiting Researcher
    École des hautes études en sciences sociales, IRIS (l'Institut de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les enjeux sociaux), Paris, France1 Mar 2018 - 31 May 2018
  • Research Advisor
    Nippon Institute for Research Advancement (NIRA), Tokyo, Japan1 Jan 2017 - 30 Jun 2018
  • Research Associate
    King's College London, NIHR King's Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre, London, United Kingdom1 Apr 2008 - 31 Mar 2012
  • Visiting Professor
    Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan1 Jul 2018


  • BA
    University of Tokyo
  • LLM
    University of Tokyo
  • MSc
    London School of Economics & Political Science UK
  • PhD
    London School of Economics & Political Science UK


  • Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
    Kings College London, London, United Kingdom


  • French
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Japanese
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • Swedish
    Can read
  • German
    Can read
  • Danish
    Can read