Research Associates and Assistants

Research  Associate

YANG Chunting


Born in Taipei, Taiwan. Graduated from National Chengchi University (Taiwan). Ph.D. in Arts and Culture Management. Yang has a particular interest in immigration, and the relationship between society and art based on her own experience. In the doctoral program, she engaged in planning and running art projects, while conducting research and fieldwork with the keywords of “multicultural society, social inclusion and art”. Worked as a chief planner and coordinator in art project “Immigration Museum Tokyo” in 2019. She has published peer reviewed journal articles such as ” Art as a Method of Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion: The Development of Multicultural Tolerance of Japanese ” (2016 “Cultural policy research” Vol.10).


Research  Associate



Born in Chiba, Japan in 1986, Hiroki Yamamoto graduated in Social Science at Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo in 2010 and completed his MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts (UAL), London in 2013. In 2018, Yamamoto received a PhD candidate from the University of the Arts London. From 2013 until 2018, he had worked at Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN) as a postgraduate research fellow. After working at Asia Culture Center (ACC) in Gwangju, South Korea, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong until 2019. Yamamoto researches on modern and contemporary art in East Asia in relation to the history of war and colonization in the region. His publication includes The History of Contemporary Art: Euro-America, Japan, and Transnational (2019, Chuo Koron Sha).


Research  Associate

SAKAI Masayo


Completed her musical studies at Toho Gakuen School of Music (Piano major). She has devoted herself to chamber music, and has played in many different ensembles, ranging from duo and Lied accompaniment to piano quintet. Currently, she works closely with Michael Spencer (Violinist, Facilitator, Educator) acting as an assistant facilitator, interpreter and coordinator.  Through this work, she has expanded her career into community-engaged works and educational programming through music.


Research Assistant

SHOJI Wataru

庄子 渉

Born in Sendai, 1987. Shoji graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a BA in Musical Creativity of the Environment. He has worked on the art project “Art City for Living” and the community-planning project “MAD City”. He is now the Director and Coordinator of the artist-in-residence program, PARADISE AIR.


Research Assistant


山崎 朋

Research Assistant


狩野 愛

Born in Tokyo. Kanō received her Ph.D. in 2018 at Tokyo University of the Arts after completed MA in Culture Industry at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2012. She researches art collectives to explore the interrelationships between art and politics in the intersecting fields of media, art, activism and socially engaged art based on empirical and theoretical researches. Her research fields are cultural studies, critical theories, feminism and contemporary art. Currently, she is a member of art collectives in DIY culture and feminist art. Her publication includes “Trans Local Networking of DIY Art Collectives from Asia to Europe—The Case of A3BC” in FIELD: A Journal of Socially Engaged Art Criticism (2017).

Ai Kanō CV ( researchmap )

Research Assistant

MIYAKE Atsuhiro

三宅 敦大

After graduating from Department of Art Science, Tama Art University, Atsuhiro graduated a Master’s degree at Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Curatorial assistant of Intimate Distance (MO.CO. Hôtel des collections, Montpellier) and Sharjapan2 “Inter-Resonance: Inter-Organics Japanese Performance and Sound Art”, and Curator of Koganecho Bazaar 2019 New Menagerie (Koganecho area, Kanagawa).