- Hiroko Umegaki-Costantini
Hiroko Umegaki-Costantini is a research fellow at OSC and LIEPP, conducting a research project fully-funded by the European Commission, under Horizon 2020 Marie Curie actions.
Her research addresses the nexus of family relations, gender and masculinity, and care for young and old family members. Motivated by gender inequalities, a main focus is on how gender permeates couples’ care practices in the family and how men’s involvement in care evolves over their life course, from care for children to ageing parents. As the pressures of elderly care risk divergent unequal health and care outcomes for family working carers, an important issue is how deploying technologies may reduce such inequalities amongst family carers.
Hiroko’s PhD, at University of Cambridge, was on how men negotiate their sense of masculinity and family relations. She previously earned an M.A. at Harvard University, an MSc at University of Oxford. Before embarking academia, she worked as a broadcaster for TV stations in Japan, including NHK, the major national channel.
Hiroko also teaches second year courses at Sciences Po, including Introduction to Japanese Society, which takes a socio-political perspective to understand contemporary Japan.
- Forthcoming, "Absolute Primogeniture (Anekatoku) in Demographic Perspective", In: Ochiai Emiko and Hirai Shoko (eds.), Japanizing’ Japanese Families: Diversity and Convergence in Family and Demography at the Advent of Modernity.
- Forthcoming, "From Farmer to Samurai: The Effect of Status Change on Demographic Behaviour and Family Life", In: Ochiai Emiko and Hirai Shoko (eds.), Japanizing’ Japanese Families: Diversity and Convergence in Family and Demography at the Advent of Modernity.
- 2017, "Grandfathering in Contemporary Japan: Altruistic and Self-Serving Means to Happiness", In: Wolfram Manzenreiter & Barbara Holthus (eds.), Happiness and Good Life in Japan, London: Routledge.
- 2017, "Caring for My Wife’s Parents? Reconciling Practices, Masculinity and Family Relations", Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, n° 41.
- 2020, "Work, Life, and Well-being for Middle-Class Families in Paris and Tokyo", Histoire de La Famille, École Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris, February 27.
- 2019, "Work and Family Balance in Paris and Tokyo", SEAA Annual Meeting, Waseda Unviersity, Tokyo, August 2-3.
- 2019, "Who is Responsible to Care for the Elderly in Contemporary Japan: The Role of Male Family Caregivers", Sciences Po, Observatoire sociologique du changement (OSC), Paris, May 10
- 2019, "Institutional approach to support working Male Family Caregiver’s in contemporary Japan", The Japanese Research Centre, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, March 28.
- 2018, “Male Family Caregiver’s Well-being: Balancing Work and elderly Care in Japan and France", The Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, U.K., November 5.
- 2018, “Work-Life Balance and Well-Being for Families in Paris", Histoire de La Famille, École Normale Supérieure, Paris, May 24.
- 2018, “Who Cares for Elderly Parents? Reconciling Care Practices, Masculinity, and Family Relations in Japan”, Annual Conference of Association for Asian Studies (AAS), Washington DC, March 25.
Grants & fellowships
- 2018, Horizon 2020, Marie Curie Actions Individual Fellowship, The European Commission (€185,076)
- 2017, The AXA Research Fund (2017-2018) (€120,000)
- 2014, University of Cambridge, the Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship Programme
- 2013, SSRC (Social Science Research Council in the U.S.) - AAS (Association of Asian Studies) Dissertation Workshop Fellow
- 2010, Oxford University, Sasakawa Foundation Scholarship
- 2002, Fulbright Scholarship by U.S. and Japanese Governments