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Professors’ Information

Sophia University / SPSF

KOMATSU, Taro
KOMATSU, Taro
  • Field
    Education and International Development, Education Policy and Governance, Education and Peace/Conflict
  • Job title

    Professor

    B.A., Sophia University

    M.Sc. (Social Policy), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of London

    Ph.D. (Education), University of Minnesota

  • Message to Prospective Students

    The core value of sustainable development is intra-generational and inter-generational equity. How can education promote equity? How can education be delivered equitably within a less-resourced nation? And how can we ensure that every child, including those in challenged contexts such as conflict-affected societies, would have access to quality education? These are some of the questions we address in my course. My research focuses on education policy and governance in the context of developing nations and post-conflict societies. I am particularly interested in understanding how education affects social cohesion and peace. Other research interests include education system convergence and divergence in the global era, democratic citizenship education, and international aid to education. I am approaching these areas, using theories drawn from sociology and political science, and employing qualitative, quantitative and mixed research methods. I enjoy working with motivated students in exploring these exciting fields of inquiry.

  • Research Interests and Teaching Areas

    Education and International Development, Education Policy and Governance, Post-Conflict Education, Education in Emergencies, Comparative Education, Research Design

  • Selected Works

    ・Komatsu, T. (2019). Integrated schools and social cohesion in post-conflict Srebrenica: Bosniak youth view of their schooling experiences, Comparative Education Review (63)3. 398-417.

    ・Komatsu, T. (2019). Second-chance education in post-conflict Timor-Leste: Youth and adult learners’ motives, experiences and circumstances. Working Paper No.182, JICA Research Institute, 1-37. January 2019.

    ・Komatsu, T. (2017). Education and Peace. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Oxford University Press. 2017-03-29.

    ・Komatsu, T. (2016). Are educational governance reforms in a post-conflict society conforming to global standards? Examining the application of education convergence theory in an internationally-supervised and politicized context. Research in Comparative and International Education.

    ・Komatsu, T. (2014). Does decentralisation enhance a school’s role of promoting social cohesion? Bosnian school leaders’ perceptions of school governance. International Review of Education, 60. 7-31. UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning, Springer.