Institute for Advanced Social SciencesWaseda University


From the Director

From Director

Director Liu Jie

The Institute for Advanced Social Sciences was established in March 2016. This is a research institute belonging to the Faculty of Social Sciences and in terms of research institutes attached to a Faculty, is it the newest research organization in Waseda University.

In 1966, the School of Social Sciences was established and then in 1994, the Graduate School of Social Sciences Master’s program was created and then in 1996, with the establishment of the Graduate School of Social Sciences Doctorate program, the Undergraduate and Graduate schools were consolidated into one Faculty. Then in March 2016, with the establishment of the Institute for Advanced Social Sciences, the Faculty of Social Sciences now contains an undergraduate school, graduate school and a research institute.

The Faculty of Social Sciences aims to be a faculty of “comprehensive social sciences” through the 3 principles of “interdisciplinary,” “practical,” and “international” education. With this aim in mind, the Institute for Advanced Social Sciences is a place to conduct and organize interdisciplinary, practical, and international research in the social sciences with emphasis on disseminating research results to the academic community.

The Institute for Advanced Social Sciences consists of three research divisions: Division of Global Issues, Division of Social Design, and Division of Contemporary Japanese Studies. In each division, we organize a project research group by research staff members under a research leader and in such a way research is conducted.

Although it has been less than three years since the Institute has started, we have conducted research by integrating the many social science disciplines together (interdisciplinary approach), putting emphasis on research that is practical to society (practical approach), and looking at research from a global perspective while keeping international standards in mind (international approach).

By accumulating research results through such methods, we hope to fulfill our role as an advanced research institute for the social sciences which will disseminate significant research findings to society.

From Associate Director

Associate Director Akao Ken-Ichi

Greetings and thank you for visiting our Institute for Advanced Social Sciences website. Our institute aims to be a platform for our 98 research staff and 10 research project groups to make advancements in the social sciences and academic disciplines as well as make practical social contributions.

Our daily activities involve inviting researchers from domestic and overseas research institutes to participate in the 30 or so symposia and seminars we hold annually and making publications of the Waseda Review of Socio-Science which is an outlet for our interdisciplinary research.

In the 2 years since its establishment, in terms of academic exchanges, we have signed academic agreements with the National Taiwan University Center for Japanese Studies and Nara prefecture. While in terms of collaborative research done with local administration and enterprises, we have established 13 partnerships.  As for our research funding, since the 2017 fiscal year the amount of external funding has tripled.

So what makes the Institute for Advanced Social Sciences unique? It is the diversity of our research fields and our integration of these diverse fields together in our research. Not only do we have researchers from the traditional social sciences (such as political science, economics, business administration, law, and sociology) conducting experiments and research together.  We also have researchers in history, philosophy, cultural anthropology, literature, biology, physics, urban planning, operations research, and engineering involved as well.

In terms of research type, we cover research from the analytical and philosophical to the practical, reactive that was started in response to urgent social issues such as conflict resolution or disaster recovery.

It is the goal that our institution be a research center that continuously disseminates research results and make academic contributions to the social sciences domestically and internationally. As well as be an institution with a good research environment, where researcher can conduct their work with efficacy and plenty of support. Research in the social sciences is labor-intensive and this makes securing ample funds is just as important as securing ample research time.  We understand this and hope that we can help increase the research time for our staff members so they can have ample time to devote themselves to their research.

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