Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. (Education Theory and Policy and Comparative and International Education), The Pennsylvania State University
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Major Professional Backgrounds

  • Japanese school in Mexico, Teacher (1995-1998)
  • UNESCO, Paris (2005-2007)
  • Kyoto University, Revitalizing Education for Dynamic Hearts and Minds, Post-Doctoral Researcher (2007-2009)
  • Hiroshima University, Center for the Study of International Cooperation in Education, Associate Professor (2009-2020)
  • Hiroshima University, Research Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor (2020-)

Please refer to the following link for more research achievements. Riho Sakurai (

Research Areas and Themes

    My specialties are comparative and international education & education policy (PhD). My areas of academic interest include inclusive education and education policy for minority children. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how an education policy has been interpreted on the ground and how it has functioned, so I have been exploring voices on the ground in developing countries and in Japan. Similarly, I have been exploring self-esteem in children by analyzing their school, family, and local community-related factors; I also strive to highlight educational disparity, diversity and inclusion in the field of education.

    Research Areas and Themes of the Students

    Comparative and international education / educational sociology

    ○Inclusive education / education policy / multicultural education / educational inequality / student self-esteem / diversity & inclusion, etc.


    The main research topics of the supervising students are as follows:

    • Exploring teachers’ attitudes towards inclusive education in Myanmar        

    • Impact of parental involvement on academic achievement of students

    • Perceptions of inclusive education in higher education in Laos: a case of students with visual disabilities, students without disabilities, and teachers of inclusive classes

    • Effects of teaching practicum practice on teachers’ teaching styles and motivation: a case from upper secondary school in Indonesia

    Message to Prospective Students

    If you are interested in learning about inclusive education or inclusiveness in education in developing countries or in Japan, or if you would like to learn about diversity and inclusion-related educational policy, please come and join us at the International Educational Development Program at Hiroshima University.