Hardeep Aiden, PhD Social Policy


I began my doctoral research at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, in 2010. Prior to this I completed my undergraduate studies in mathematics at Imperial College London.

This was followed by an MSc in Modern Japanese Studies, for which I 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.

Research topic

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.


Dr Patricia Kennett and Dr Ann Singleton

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