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Mr Hardeep Aiden

Mr Hardeep Aiden

Mr Hardeep Aiden

Social Policy (PhD)

Area of research

Governance, citizenship and migration policies in Japan


The aim of my research is to explore the practices and processes at work within and across the institutions that are shaping migration-related policies and policymaking processes in Japan, and the actors involved in these processes. More specifically, I am interested in the governance and institutional arrangements that Japanese cities have in place, including (a) the actors and institutions involved in the policy development of migration-related policies, (b) the internal and external factors that shape these policies and policymaking processes, (c) styles of policymaking and strategies of negotiation and (d) the narratives and discourses surrounding these decisions.


Hardeep began his doctoral research at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, in 2010. Prior to this he completed his undergraduate studies in Mathematics at Imperial College London. This was followed by an MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, for which he was awarded a distinction as well as the Arthur Stockwin Prize for the best dissertation in the programme, and an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford. He is currently acting as the postgraduate representative for the Social Policy Association.


  • Immigration and integration
  • Health and social care
  • Governance and policy-making processes
  • The role of the voluntary and community sector in social policy



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