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Head of Social Sciences Division

Professor Roger Goodman

BA (Durham), DPhil (Oxon)

Head of Social Sciences Division

  • Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies

Professor Roger Goodman BA (Durham), DPhil (Oxon) is Nissan Professor of Modern Japanese Studies, and Professorial Fellow at St Antony's College. Professor Goodman was University Assessor 1997/98; Acting Warden of St Antony’s College 2006/7; Founding Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies 2004-8; and has been Head of the Social Sciences Division since 1 April 2008.

As Head, Professor Goodman is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the management and academic leadership of the Division, which is one of the largest collection of social scientists in the world with almost 1000 academics and 14 departments. He acts as line manager to the heads of each department in the division. He chairs, and acts on behalf of, the Divisional Board and its major committees. He is also an ex officio member of the University Council.

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Professor Goodman’s main research interests lie in the education and social welfare systems of modern Japan. He is the author of Japan’s International Youth: The Emergence of a New Class of Schoolchildren (OUP, 1990) and Children of the Japanese State: The Changing Role of Child Protection Institutions in Contemporary Japan (OUP, 2000) and the joint author and editor a further ten books including most recently The 'Big Bang' in Japanese Higher Education: The 2004 Reforms and the Dynamics of Change (2005) and Ageing in Asia: Asia's Position in the New Global Demography (2007). A Sociology of Japanese Youth: From Returnees to NEETs (2011) and Higher Education and the State: Changing Relationships in Europe and East Asia (2012). He is currently writing a monograph on the reform of the Japanese higher education system.