Kaori Kitagawa (Co-founder)

Kaori came to the UK in 1994. While working as a freelance writer and a Japanese teacher at adult education institutions, she pursued her interest in the field of ‘lifelong learning’. Both her MA dissertation and her PhD thesis discuss lifelong learning in England and Japan. After completing the PhD at the Institute of Education, University of London (currently UCL Institute of Education), she continued working as a researcher/lecturer at the Institute. Her areas of interest include public pedagogy, disaster education, community learning, lifelong learning and comparative education.
Her recent publications include:

-2018, ‘Questioning “integrated” disaster risk reduction and “all of society” engagement: can “preparedness pedagogy” help?’, Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, https://doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2018.1464385
-2017, ‘Situating preparedness education within public pedagogy’, Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 25(1), 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2016.1200660
-2016 ‘Disaster preparedness, adaptive politics and lifelong learning: a case of Japan’, International Journal of Lifelong Education, 35(6), 629-647. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2016.1231230
-2015, ‘Living with an active volcano: informal and community learning for preparedness in south of Japan’, in Fearnley, C. J., Bird, D., K. Jolly, Haynes, K. and McGuire, B. eds., Observing the Volcano World: Volcano Crisis Communication, IAVCEI Advances in Volcanology Series, Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11157_2015_12
-2012, ‘Three translations revisited: lifelong learning in Singapore’, in Aspin, D. et al eds., International Handbook of Lifelong Learning, Second Edition, Springer

She also has an extensive experience as a coordinator/interpreter in journalism as well as in academia. In 2011-12, she worked as a researcher/interpreter for a Japanese newspaper for their coverage of the London Olympics.
She strongly believes she could contribute to the advancement of mutual collaboration between the UK and Japan at different levels including grassroots and academia.