Emiko Ochiai is Professor of Sociology at Kyoto University. She is a family sociologist and family historian who is also active in the field of gender studies. She has been involved in various comparative studies of family, gender, and care regimes in Asian societies for more than a decade. Her recent research projects combine family studies, welfare state studies, and migration studies to develop a framework to understand ongoing transformations in private lives and public institutions intermingled with each other, especially focusing on Asian societies. The outcomes of the projects are being published as a series: The Intimate and the Public in Asian and Global Perspectives from Brill, of which she is the series editor.
She is also a chief editor of another series: Asian Families and Intimacy, to be published from Sage India,. The series is a collection of influential works on the topic in Asian academia, aiming for the construction of common bases for nourishing more meaningful research collaboration in the Asian region.
Her English publications include Transformation of the Intimate and the Public in Asian Modernity (co-edited with Leo Aoi Hosoya, Leiden: Brill, 2014); Asian Women and Intimate Work (co-edited with Kaoru Aoyama, Leiden: Brill, 2013); Asia’s New Mothers (co-edited with Barbara Molony,
Folkestone, Kent: Global Oriental, 2008); The Stem Family in Eurasian Perspective (co-edited with Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux, Bern: Peter Lang, 2009); and The Japanese Family System in Transition: A Sociological Analysis of Family Change in Postwar Japan (LTCB International Library Foundation, 1997).