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Sophia University 
Faculty of Human Sciences 
Department of Education 

Professor 
Komatsu Taro 

Birth:1968  
Fax.03-3238-3980  
 

Other affiliation / position
Sophia University  Center for Global Education and Discovery  Director Center for Global Education and Discovery 

Research background
Research interests: Education policy, governance and administration in developing nations and post-conflict societies; education and social cohesion/peace-building; education system convergence and divergence in the global era; and citizenship education in multicultural societies.

Research grants & commissioned studies (excerpt):

2019-2020
Consultant, “Evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of remedial education for Syrian refugee Jordanian children and its implication for social cohesion,” World Vision Japan/World Vision Jordan
2017-2019
Joint research (principle researcher) Evaluating the effectiveness of education for sustainable development (ESD) and citizenship education in a multi-cultural society: Exploring methods to assess and improve practices, Research grant, Sophia University
2017-2017
Joint research on the dissemination, adaptation and training of Conflict Sensitive Education pack, Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), commissioned by USAID and ECHO
2015-2017
Joint research, Obtaining a second chance: Education during and after conflict, case study (Timor-Leste) & principle reviewer of case study papers, research commissioned by JICA Research Institute
2014-2016
Individual research, Community-based school governance and social cohesion in fragile societies, Japanese Government Grant-in-Aid
2013-2014
Joint research, Education for sustainable development (ESD) and citizenship education in multicultural societies, Research grant, Sophia University
2009-2011 
Individual research, Education governance system and social cohesion in post-conflict societies, Research grant, the Toyota Foundation
2009-2011
Individual research, Comparative analysis of post-conflict education policy and governance systems, Japanese Government Grant-in-Aid
2008- 2009
Joint research (Team leader), EFA good practices by local education administration in Japan and their applicability to the context of developing countries, in collaboration with SABAWON in Pakistan and CRIQPEG of the Cape Coast University in Ghana, Japanese Government Research Grant
2006-2007
Individual research, Analysis of comparative effectiveness of formal education and non-formal education in promoting ethnic co-existence in Bosnia and Herzegovina” Research Grant, FASID
2004-2005
Individual research, Evaluation of aid to promote ethnic coexistence in the Balkans: Assessment of citizenship education projects, Research commissioned by JICA
2004-2005
Joint research, Reconstruction of education system and implementation of peace education in Okinawa: implications to post-conflict societies in the present day, Research commissioned by JICA 

Work experience
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Tokyo (Japan) HQ & Islamabad (Pakistan) Office  Project Formulation Advisor - Education  1996/10/01-1997/04/30 
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris (France) HQ,  Education Programme Officer (Associate Expert)  1997/08/01-2000/06/30 
United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK),  Regional Education Administrator  2000/07/01-2002/09/30 
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Sarajevo Office (Bosnia & Herzegovina),  Education Advisor  2002/11/01-2003/03/31 
Kyushu University,  Associate Professor  2003/04/01-2009/09/30 
Institute of Developing Economies Advanced School (IDEAS),  Visiting Professor (Education and Development)  2012/09/01-Present 
Sophia University,  Professor  2013/04/01-Present 
Tokyo Metropolitan University,  Visiting Professor  2014/04/01-2014/09/30 
The University of Tokyo, Graduate Program of Human Security,  Visiting Professor  2015/09/01-Present 

Academic degrees
BA in Comparative Culture (Politics and International Relations)  Sophia University  1993/03/31 
Diploma in Development Studies  Institute of Developing Economies (IDE)  1995/08/10 
MSc.in Social Policy and Planning  London School of Economics and Political Science  1996/11/01 
Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration  University of Minnesota  2012/04/30 

Current state of research and teaching activities
I teach education and international development, sociology of education, and social science research design at both undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Research Areas
Education 
Sociology of education 

Subject of research
International Educational Development, Education Policy and Administration, Post-Conflict Education 
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Research Projects (Competitive Research Funds)
Consultant, “Evaluation of the effectiveness and impact of remedial education project for Syrian refugee and Jordanian children and its implication for social cohesion,” World Vision Japan/World Vision Jordan  2019-2020 
Team research, “Establishment of research hub center for the promotion of Human Security,” Branding research grant for private universities,Japan MEST  Others  2017-2022 
Team research “Development of inter-disciplinary approaches to solve issues relating to poverty, education and environment by the railway network,” Research grant, Japan MEST  Science research expense  Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B)  2017/04/01-2022/03/31 
Team research, “Innovative approach to the training of Japanese language teachers: it contribution to the building of a multicultural society,” Research grant, Sophia University  School's financial aid  2017/04/01-2019/03/31 
Team leader (principle investigator), “Evaluation of education for sustainable development (ESD) and citizenship education in multicultural society: Exploring methods to assess and improve its practices,” Research grant, Sophia University  School's financial aid  2017/04/01-2019/03/31 
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Bibliography
Education and development in the developing world: Seeking an equitable world  Taro Komatsu (Ed.)  Sophia University Press  2016/04/01 
"Education and multiculturalism in post-conflict society" Education for sustainable development and citizenship education in the multicultural societies  Komatsu, T., In Tanaka,H & Sugimura, M. (Eds.)  Sophia University Press, GYOSEI Corporation  2014/09 
Building peace through international educational cooperation  Taro Komatsu  Iwanami Publishing  2006/12/20 
"Post-conflict education," Education and international development: Theory and practice  Komatsu, T., In Kuroda K. & Yokozaki, Y. (Eds.)  Yuhikaku  2005/04/20 
Education and development as an academic discipline  Komatsu, T.  Iwanami Publishing  2005/06/01 
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Papers
Komatsu, T. (2019). Integrated schools and social cohesion in post-conflict Srebrenica: Bosniak youth view of their schooling experiences  T. Komatsu  Comparative Education Review  2019/08/01 
Learning in support of human dignity: Motives and encouraging factors for those obtaining second-chance education in Timor-Leste and Lebanon.  Komatsu, T. and Sakai, H  Studies in Education  Sophia University Department of Education  2019/03/31 
Komatsu, T. (2019). Second-chance education in post-conflict Timor-Leste: Youth and adult learners’ motives, experiences and circumstances.  Working Paper, JICA Research Institute  JICA Research Institute  2019/01/01 
Komatsu, T. (2018). School education in post-conflict recovery, reconstruction and development: The case of Bosnia and Herzegovina  Japan-UK Education Study Assocation Occasional Paper  Japan-UK Education Study Assocation  2018 
Preface to special feature “The roles and issues of education in conflict-affected societies”  Comparative Education Research  Japan Society of Comparative Education  2017/06/01 
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Research presentations
Evaluating the effectiveness of ESD in higher education: Evaluation design for improving practices  Japan Society of Education for Sustainable Development  2019/08/20 
Cross-Border Collaborative Learning in Jesuit Higher Learning Institutes  Asia-Pacific Interactive (API) – Jesuit Education Consortium (JEC) conference “Educational Frontiers 2018”  2018/10/04 
”ESD in higher education: What, why, and how” hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo and Japan Embassy, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina  2018/09/17 
“Integrated schools and Muslim youth views on learning experiences in Srebrenica” Oral presentation, Annual conference of Japan Society of Comparative Education, Hiroshima, Hiroshima University  Annual Conference, Japan Society of Comparative Education  2018/06/24 
Teaching and Learning SDG 4.7: Pedagogies and Approaches, Panelist  Annual Conference, Japan Society of Comparative Education  2018/06/22 
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Others
Planning and Organizing seminar series, "Evaluating the effectiveness of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)" 
Journal manuscript reviewer: International Journal of International Cooperation in Education, Japan Society of International Development, JICA Research Institute Working Papers, Educational Policy Analysis Archives、Asian Polics & Policy, European Education, International Journal of Educational Development, International Review of Education, etc. Grant reviewer: Dubai Cares, Sophia University research grants, etc Grant proposal review: Dubai Cares, Sophia University research grants, etc 
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Teaching achievements
Planning and Conducting a study tour to Myanmar for students in a seminar Education and International Development  2018/09/01-Present 
Planning and conducting COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) with SAG Institute of Higher Learning (Myanmar), George Washington University (USA), Loyola Marymount University (USA) and Porto University (Portugal)  2017/04/01-Present 
Supervising students' work on planning and conducting a study tour to Thailand  2016/09/01-Present 
Member of the Center for Human Resource Development for International Cooperation  2015/04/01-Present 
Planning and conducting a joint seminar with International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan, for students in Education and International Development  2014/09/01-Present 
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Textbooks and teaching materials
Education and development in the developing World: Seeking an equitable world  2016/04/01 
Education and living together in developing nations and post-conflict societies  2014/09/01 
Education reconstruction in post-conflict society, In Education and International Development  2005 
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Social activities
Invited lecture, The role of NGOs in the provision of education in emergencies, Japan NGO Network for Education (JNNE), Save the Children, Tokyo  2019/05/27-2019/05/27 
Invited participant, International Cooperation Committee Meeting in preperation for G20 and TICAD7, Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs  2019/02/07-2019/02/07 
Moderator, “Global health challenges tackled by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation,” Sophia University  2019/01/29-2019/01/29 
Lecturer, “Global citizenship education in the higher education context,” Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan  2019/01/17-2019/01/17 
Grant reviewer, international humanitarian aid projects, Japan Platform  2019/01/01-Present 
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Memberships of academic societies
Comparative and International Education Society  2006/04/01-Present 
Japan Comparative Education Society  2005/04/01-Present 
Japan Society of International Development 
Japan Society for Sociology of Education 
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