Prof. Kyoko Kusakabe
Position: Professor
Deapartment Head, Development & Sustainability
Country of Origin: Japan
Email: kyokok@ait.ac.th

Ext: 6131

Academic Affiliation

Gender and Development Studies
School of Environment, Resources and Development

Areas of Expertise (Keywords)


Ph.D., Gender and Development Studies, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
M.Sc., Rural and Regional Development Planning, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand (Top Award)
B.A. Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan

Professional Experience

Present Research Involvements

Jobs at the border: Women’s employment in ASEAN’s economic zones, (supported by IDRC Canada)

Integration of migrants and social policy issues: Reflections from Japan, Korea and Thailand towards creation of inclusive society (supported by The Toyota Foundation)

Gendered impact of cross-border agricultural investment: Case of rubber plantations in Northern Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia (supported by Sustainable Mekong Research Network)

Research Interests

see details at website    http://www.ait.ac.th/research/know-your-researcher-ait/dr_kyoko_know_your_researcher.pdf

Impact of economic globalization on gender relations especially focusing on women's work

Gender issues in labor migration

Gendered impact of regional economic integration and cross-border investment

Gender issues in aquaculture and fisheries

Informal economy and social security

Border, market and state: ways women in the borderlands negotiate with markets and states.

Gender analysis of organizations and gender mainstreaming

Doctoral Research Supervision

Social relations and women farmers’ participation in learning activities in two farmer field schools in Cambodia

Social security for women homeworkers in Thailand

Women engineers in the construction industry: A comparative study in Bangladesh and Thailand

Gender power relations and couples’ reproductive health knowledge and behavior in Nepal

Ideological construction of femininity in the Thai vernacular press: case study of a Thai women politician

Selected Publications

Book Publication 

·     Kusakabe, Kyoko, Rajendra Shrestha and Veena N. (eds) (2015) Gender and land tenure in the context of disaster in Asia, London:Springer.

·     Lund, Ragnhild, Kyoko Kusakabe, Smita Mishra Panda, Wang Yunxian (eds.) (2014) Gender, mobilities, and livelihood transformations: Comparing indigenous people in China, Laos, and India, London: Routledge. 

·     Pearson, Ruth and Kyoko Kusakabe (2012) Thailand’s Hidden Workforce: Burmese Migrant Women Factory Workers, Asian Argument Series, London: Zed Books.

·     Kusakabe, Kyoko (ed) (2012) Gender, road and mobility in Asia, London: Practical Action Publishing.

Journal Publications

Kusakabe, Kyoko and Ruth Pearson (accepted) “Working through exceptional space: the case of women migrant workers in Mae Sot, Thailand”, International sociology

Shinobu, Sasaki, Kyoko Kusakabe and Philippe Doneys (accepted) “Exploring human (in-)security from a gender perspective: A case study of subcontracted workers in Thailand”, International journal of sociology and social policy 

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.

Khumya, Tanaradee and Kyoko Kusakabe (2015) “Road development and changes in livelihood and mobility in Savannakhet, Lao PDR”, Development in practice, 25:7, 1011-1024.

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.

Kusakabe, Kyoko, Pujan Shrestha, S. Kumar and Nguyen Thi Khanh Linh (2015) “Pathways to sustainable urban tourism: Garden houses in Hue, Vietnam”, International journal of sustainable society, 7:3, 286-303.

Kusakabe, Kyoko and Prak Sereyvath (2014) “Women fish border traders in Cambodia: What shapes women’s business trajectories?”, Asian fisheries science, 27S, 43-58.

Gopal, Nikita, Meryl J. Williams, Marilyn Porter, Kyoko Kusakabe and Poh Sze Cho (2014) “Guest editorial Gender in aquaculture and fisheries: Navigating change”, Asian Fisheries Science, 27S, pp.1-14

Virankabutra, Tresa Croson and Kyoko Kusakabe (2014) “Contesting and complying: Gender and ethnicity among Thai-Sikh diaspora youth in Bangkok”, Migration and Development, 3:2, 203-218. (selected as one of the most downloaded articles published in Routledge Social Sciences journals in 2014).

Akter, Shamima and Kyoko Kusakabe (2014) “Gender-based violence among documented Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh”, Indian Journal of Gender Studies, 21:2, 225-246.

Narknisorn, B. and Kusakabe, K. (2013) “Issues Challenging Future Thai Elder Care by Women and Family”, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 33(1/2), 21-32.

Panda, Smita M., Ragnhild Lund, Kyoko Kusakabe and Wang Yunxian (2013) “Gender, Mobility and Citizenship Rights among Tribals of Khurda and Sundargarh, Odisha”, Gender, Technology and Development, 17:2, 105-129.

Wang, Yunxian, Kusakabe, Kyoko., Lund, Ragnhild., Panda, Smita. & Zhao, Qun. (2013) Mobile livelihoods among ethnic minorities in China: insights from Yunnan. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift–Norwegian Journal of Geography 67:4, 187-199.

Kusakabe, Kyoko and Ruth Pearson (2013) “Cross-border childcare strategies of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand”, Gender, place and culture, 20:8, 960-978.

Williams, Meryl J, Marilyn Porter, Poh Sze Choo, Kyoko Kusakabe, Veikila Vuki, Nikita Gopal, and Melba Bondad-Reantaso (2012) “Guest editorial: Gender in aquacluture and fisheries – Moving the agenda forward”, Asian Fisheries Science, Special Issue Vol.25S (2012):1-13

Pearson, Ruth and Kyoko Kusakabe (2012) “Who cares? Gender, reproduction and care chains of Burmese migrant factory workers in Thailand”, Feminist Economics. 18:2, 149-175.

May Sabe Phyu and Kyoko Kusakabe (2012) “Gender dimension of dam-related displacement in Kachin State, Myanmar”, Global South: Sephis e-magazine, 8:1, 16-23.

Padungkiati, Lada, Kyoko Kusakabe and Soparth Pongquan (2011) “Working for money or working for group?: Community-based women’s rural enterprises in Chinat Province under OTOP project”, SIU Journal of Management, 1:2, 39-72.

Namsomboon, Boonsom and Kyoko Kusakabe (2011) “Social protection for women homeworkers: A study of healthcare services in Thailand”, International Journal of sociology and social policy, Vol. 31:1/2, 123-136.

Kusakabe, Kyoko (2011) “Reinventing the ‘Myth of Disposable Women’?: Women agency workers after the economic crisis in Thailand”, Social development issues 33:2.

Oo, Zin Mar and Kyoko Kusakabe (2010) “Motherhood and social network: Response strategies of internally displaced Karen women in Taungoo district”, Women's Studies International Forum, 33, pp.482-491.

Kusakabe, Kyoko and Ruth Pearson (2010) “Transborder migration, social reproduction and economic development: A case study of Burmese women workers in Thailand”, International Migration, 48:6, 13-43.

Dhungana, Bishnu Maya and Kyoko Kusakabe (2010) “Role of Self-Help Groups in Disabled Women's Empowerment: Case Study of Kathmandu Valley Nepal”, Development in Practice, 20:7, 855-865.

Kusakabe, Kyoko and Theonakhet Saphakdy (2010) “Constructed ‘needs’ for road construction: A case of Attapeu Province, Lao PDR”, GEMC Journal, No.2, pp. 6-15, Tohoku University.

Poh Sze Choo, Barbara S. Nowak, Kyoko Kusakabe and Meryl J. Williams (2008) “Guest editorial: Gender and Fisheries”, Development, Vol. 51, No.2, pp.176-179.

Kusakabe, Kyoko, Prak Sereyvath, Ubolratana Suntornratana, and Napaporn Sriputinibondh (2008) “Gendering border spaces: Impact of open border policy between Cambodia-Thailand on small-scale women fish traders”, African and Asian Studies, 7.1, pp.1-17.

Kusakabe, Kyoko and Zin Mar Oo (2007) “Relational places of ethnic Burman women migrants in the borderland town of Tachilek, Myanmar”, Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol. 28, 2007 pp.300-313.

Mukda-anan, Rattima, Kyoko Kusakabe and Rosechongporn Komolsevin (2006) “The Thai Vernacular Press and Female Politician: Stereotypical Reporting and Innovative Response”, Asian Journal of Communication, Vol. 16, No.2, June 2006, pp.152-168.

Kusakabe, Kyoko (2005) “Gender Mainstreaming in Government Offices in Thailand, Cambodia and Laos: Perspectives from Below”, Gender and Development, OXFAM Journal, Vol.13, No.2, July 2005.

Haque, Md. Mozammel and Kyoko Kusakabe (2005) “Crisis of masculinities?: A case of retrenched male workers in Bangladesh”, Gender, Technology and Development, Vol. 9, No.2, August, pp.185-208.

Hossain, Julaikha and Kyoko Kusakabe (2005) “Sex segregation in construction organizations in Bangladesh and Thailand” Construction management and economics, Vol23, No.6, July, pp.609-619.

Kusakabe, Kyoko (2004) “Women and men’s relations with borders and states: A case of fish trade in the Thai-Cambodian border”, in GMS Development Studies Journal, Vol.1, No.1, December 2004, pp.45-65.

Kusakabe, Kyoko (2004) “Women’s work and market hierarchies along the border of Lao PDR”, Gender, Place and Culture, Vol.11, No.4, December 2004, pp.581-594.

Kusakabe, Kyoko (2003) “Market, class and gender relations: A case of women retail traders in Phnom Penh”, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Vol. 5, No.1, 2003, pp. 28-46.

Kusakabe, Kyoko (2003) “Intensification of aquaculture and women’s participation in Northeast Thailand”, Development in Practice , Vol.13, No.4, 2003, pp. 333-345.

Felsing, Malene, Cecile Brugere, Kyoko Kusakabe and Govind Kelkar (2000) “Women for aquaculture or aquaculture for women?”, INFOFISH International, No.3, 2000. (Reprinted in Journal of Social Research Vol.24, No.2, 2001. pp.1-13.)

Kusakabe, Kyoko (1999) “Women’s participation in the market and their bargaining position: A case study of women retail traders in Cambodia”, Gender, Technology and Development, Vol.3, No.3, pp. 411-427, 1999.

Kusakabe, Kyoko (1999) “Women’s economic activities and the social definition of women: A case study of women retail traders in Cambodia”, Journal of the National Women’s Education Centre of Japan , Vol.3, pp. 43-52, 1999.