Hirao Keiko

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Hirao Keiko
Sophia University
Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Master's (Doctoral) Program in Global Environmental Studies
Job title
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology(University of Notre Dame)
Research funding number


2009- Sustainability of Family and Society
2009- Gender and Environment
2004-2012 Investment in children&s Education and Maternal Employment
1997-2003 The Effect of Education on Japanese Women’s Work Histories
1998-2000 Intergenerational Relations: Japan-U.S. Comparison
2001-  Political Economy of Childcare
2002- Work and Family: Gender, Generation and Class
2002- Parentcracy and Maternal Employment: Japan-U.S. Comparison
2002 Working and Mothering: Asian Women Negotiating Work Challenges and Family Commitments

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 1982
Mar 1984
Assistant, Nagoya Junior College
Apr 1984
Mar 1988
Lecturer, Nagoya Junior College
Apr 1988
Mar 1989
Adjunct Lecturer, Sophia University Community College
Sep 1994
Dec 1994
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Notre Dame
Sep 1995
May 1997
Visiting Scholar, University of Michigan


Aug 1992
May 1997
Sociology, University of Notre Dame

Awards & Honors

John J. Kane Award

Published Papers

Families and SDGs 5: Parental Leave Policies and Gender Equality
Hirao Keiko
Global Environmental Studies   14 77-93   2018
Digital Scholarship and the history of data management
Hirao Keiko
Advances in Social Researcjh   23    Sep 2018   [Invited]
Gender Difference in Pro-Environmental Activities in Japan: Emergence of a New Domestic Work?
Hirao Keiko
Global Environmental Studies   12 89-100   Mar 2017
Lopsided Gender Equality: Work and Family Policy in Japan.
Hirao Keiko
The VI International Conference of Work and Family      2014
Gender Equality at the Bottom: Unexpected Consequences of the Family Policy in Japan
Hirao, Keiko
International Family Conference III, Istanbul      2014


Keiko Hirao
On-line Journal of Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung      Dec 2016   [Invited]
Young Women in Japan: Transitions to Adulthood by Kaori H. Okano (review)
Hirao, Keiko
Journal of Japanese Studies   39(2) 448-451   2013
<Book Review> The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism by Thomas Robertson
Hirao, Keiko
Global Environmental Studies   (8) 141-143   2012
Sibling Composition and Educational Attainment of Women in Japan and Korea.
International Workshop on Family Structure and Relations: Collaborative Exploration of Micro-level Data Sets in Japan, China, and Korea      2007
Contradictions in Maternal Roles in Contemporary Japan
International Workshop on Working and Mothering: Asian Women Negotiating Work Challenges and Family Commitments (National University of Singapore)      2004

Books etc

Hirao Keiko (Part:Joint Work, 143-169)
UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti   2019   
The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies "Gender and Environment"
Hirao Keiko
Wiley Blackwell   Apr 2016   ISBN:9781405196949
International Family Policies
Hirao Keiko
The Journalists and Writers Foundation Press   2015   
Invisible Hand and Invisible Heart: Horizon of Work and Family
Hirao Keiko
Sep 2015   ISBN:978-4324099766
Changing Families in Northeast Asia: Comparative Analysis of China, Korea, and Japan "Competitors in the Nest: Gender, Sibship Structure and Educational Investment in Japan and Korea"
Hirao Keiko (Part:Joint Work, 111-132)
Sophia University Press   2012   ISBN:9784324094105
This study has explored the effect of sibship size on the educational outcome of men and women born between 1926 and 1975 in Japan and Korea using data provided by the National Family Research of Japan 2003 (NFRJ03) and the Korean National Family ...

Conference Activities & Talks

Linking Gender, Environment, and sustainability
Hirao Keiko
Harmony 2019   9 Jan 2019   Christ University
Gender and Environment (Session Organizer)
Keiko Hirao
XIX World Congress of Sociology   18 Jul 2018   International Sociological Association
Discussant at the Session on Gender and Work Place Organization
Keiko Hirao
Annual Meeting of Association of Asian Studies   24 Mar 2018   Association of Asian Studies
Gender Equality and Family Policy [Invited]
Keiko Hirao
Expert Group Meeting on SDGs & Families Global Project   8 Dec 2017   International Federation of Family Development
Gender Equality and Family Policy, Goal 5 [Invited]
Keiko Hirao
Expert Group Meeting for SDGs & Families Global Project   22 May 2017   International Federation of Family Development

Research Grants & Projects

Political Economy of Childcare in Japan
Project Year: 2001 - 2004    Investigator(s): Frances Rosenbluth
Rosenbluth, Frances. (Ed.). Forthcoming. Political Economy of Childcare and Maternal Employment in Comparative Perspectives. University of Columbia Press
Women's Working Lives in East Asia
Project Year: 1995 - 2001    Investigator(s): Mary C. Brinton
Brinton, Mary C. (Ed.). 2001. Women's Working Lives in East Asia. Stanford: Stanford University Press.