My overall research agenda covers the area of peace and security, with three particular research interests. First, the potential influence of individuals from diverse backgrounds on processes of policy evolution at the United Nations, particularly in relation to UN peacekeeping, thematic mandates at the Security Council, and humanitarian affairs. Second, how changing state practices towards the use-of-force contribute to altering the UN Charter’s use-of-force regime. Here, I have considered post-9/11 US practices in the counter-terrorism context, in particular. I am also engaged in a joint project on the use of force to protect civilians in peacekeeping operations (together with John Karlsrud, NUPI), examining varying state perspectives. Third, the roles and functions of narratives in conflicts and how these relate to questions of agency. My research in this area considers how Japan and Germany choose to remember World War II through comparing the narratives Japanese and German university students tell about their countries' roles (together with Seunghoon Emilia Heo, Sophia University).
Before joining the University of Kent in September 2015, I was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) International Research Fellow (postdoc) with joined affiliation at United Nations University and the University of Tokyo (2013-2015).