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The University of Tokyo
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies
Job title
Master of Sociology(The University of Tokyo)
Other affiliation
The Open University of Japan


Professor of media studies, the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Born in 1963. Graduated from Tsukuba University. While still a student, Mizukoshi engaged in user experience research for product planning at the design office, COATO. MA of the graduate school of sociology, the University of Tokyo. Before taking his present post in 2000, Mizukoshi was at the Institute of Socio-Information and Communication Studies in the University of Tokyo, first as a research associate and then as an associate professor.
Mizukoshi advocates socio-media studies based on historical and social perspectives, rather than focused on information technology oriented ones. One of his primary research activities, undertaken with his colleagues, is the MELL Project (Media Expression, Learning and Literacy Project) : a practical group studies on citizen's media expression and media literacy, and its successive group: MELL Platz.
His writings include "Formation of Media : A Dynamic History of American Broadcasting", "Digital Media Society", "Telephone as a Medium", "Media Practice : Making Media, Change the World","Media Biotope: Designing Media Ecology". Brand new book is "Media Studies for the 21st Century" published in March 2011. All in Japanese.
In 2014, Mizukoshi has started to publish a magazine "5: Designing Media Ecology" with Osamu Sakura, Yoshitaka Mouri and other editorial members. Using both Englishand Japanese, it has tried to connect critical thought with practical design, and producing a new field of media & communication research.

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Sep 2018
Nov 2018
Visiting Professor, Doctoral & Master's Program in Japan Studies, College of International Affairs, National Chengchi University
Aug 2015
Oct 2015
Visiting Researcher, Faculty of Social Science, University of Helsinki
Sep 2009
Professor, Interfaculty Initiative of Information Studies, University of Tokyo
Apr 2000
Aug 2009
Associate Professor, Interfaculty Initiative of Information Studies, University of Tokyo
Aug 1996
Jul 1997
Visiting Scholar, Center for New Media, Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University


Apr 1988
Mar 1989
Doctor Course of the Department of Journalism and Communication Studies, Graduate School of Sociology, University of Tokyo
Apr 1986
Mar 1988
Master Course of the Department of Journalism and Communication Studies, Graduate School of Sociology, University of Tokyo
Graduate School, Division of Sociology, The University of Tokyo
Apr 1981
Mar 1986
Department of Contemporary Thoughts, College of Comparative Culture, University of Tsukuba
Second Cluster of College, University of Tsukuba

Committee Memberships

Jun 2019
Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication  Board member
Jun 2014
5: Designing Media Ecology  Editorial board member
Jan 2013
Mobile Media & Communication  Editorial board member
Asia Review  Editorial board member
Jun 2017
Jun 2019
Japan Society for Studies in Journalism and Mass Communication  Board Member

Awards & Honors

Award of Telecom-Social Science, Telecommunications Advancement Foundation

Published Papers

Telephonoscope: A Media Design Study of Technologies and Cultural Programs for Novel Micro-Digital Storytelling
MIZUKOSHI Shin, MANABE Rikutaro, MIYATA Masako, TANAKA Katsuaki
Paper for the 67th International Communication Association Conference in San Diego      May 2017   [Refereed]
Since the 1990s, Digital Storytelling (DST) has become a popular kind of media expression through which the public narrate their stories. However, there has not been much development of information and communication technologies (ICT) and workshop...
The Newsletter   (76) 38-39   Mar 2017   [Invited]
For several decades, media literacy has been understood as the critical reading of mass media and its educational possibilities. However, the rapid diffusion of digital technologies has changed the media landscape and it is almost time for us to f...
Journal of Information Studies   (90) 39-53   Mar 2016
Although Shin Mizukoshi started his academic career as a media historian of the early days of radio, his interest has been drifted from this old medium for a long while.
Since around 2010, however, he has been involved in workshops, symposiums, an...
5: Designing Media Ecology   4 22-39   Dec 2015
For a long time, design has been thought to be the domain of specialists. But literacy refers to educational activities that should be open to the general public. Recently, with the progression of digitalization and capitalism, design is no longer...
Mizukoshi Shin
Journal of Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence   26(5) 432-439   Sep 2011   [Refereed][Invited]


Report of Nikkei Advertisement Research Institute   (301) 58-59   Oct 2018   [Invited]
Kodansha Gendai Shinsho Online      Oct 2018   [Invited]
Kodansha Gendai Shinsho Online      Sep 2018   [Invited]
5: Designing Media Ecology   8 68-77   Mar 2018
Techniques of Bodily Understanding (images)
5: Designing Media Ecology   (6) 4-7   Dec 2016

Books etc

The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy
Renee Hobbs and Paul Mihailidis, ed. (Part:Contributor, Media Literacy in Japan)
Wiley-Blackwell   May 2019   
Media Studies
Shin Mizukoshi, Yutaka Iida, Xueyan Liu (Part:Joint Work)
Hoso Dairaku Kyoiku Shinkokai   Mar 2018   ISBN:4595318952
Storypacing: Co-Design of Digital Storytelling System with Geographic Information
MIZUKOSHI Shin (Part:Editor)
Sep 2016   
This is the final report of the joint research project "Co-Design of Digital Storytelling with Geographic Information" 2014-1016 (representative: Shin Mizukoshi & Mikko Villi) supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) & th...
MIZUKOSHI Shin and MELL Project (Part:Joint Editor)
University of Tokyo Press   Dec 2009   ISBN:413053016X
MIZUKOSHI Shin (Part:Editor)
Iwanami Publishing Company   Mar 2007   ISBN:4000228714

Conference Activities & Talks

KANG Myungkoo, Harald Fuess, MIZUKOSHI Shin etc.
11th International Convention of Asia Scholars   17 Jul 2019   University of Leiden, IIAS, GIS ASIE
KANG Myungkoo, MIZUKOSHI Shin, Harald FUESS
11th International Convention of Asia Scholars   17 Jul 2019   University of Leiden, IIAS, GIS ASIE
Cultural Typhoon 2019   2 Jun 2019   Association for Cultural Typhoon
National Cheng Kung University University Foresight Education Project   24 May 2019   NCKU UFO
New Dimension of Media Studies: Analysis, Expression, and Design [Invited]
24 May 2019   College of Liberal Arts, National Cheng Kung University

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research(Kiban Research (B))
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2021    Investigator(s): MIZUKOSHI Shin
Humanities Center, University of Tokyo: LIXIL Ushioda East Asian Humanities Initiative
Project Year: Oct 2019 - Sep 2020    Investigator(s): MIZUKOSHI Shin
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: 
Project Year: Oct 2014 - Sep 2016    Investigator(s): MIZUKOSHI Shin and Villi Mikko
Workshop-style Research on the Social Design of Wearable Media
Hakuhodo DY Media Partners: Collaborative Research Project
Project Year: Oct 2014 - Mar 2015    Investigator(s): MIZUKOSHI Shin and KATSUNO Masahiro
JST(Japan Science and Technology Agency): CREST(Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology)
Project Year: Oct 2006 - Mar 2012    Investigator(s): Takeshi Sunaga
Nickname “Media Exprimo.” It was an interdisciplinary research project on information platform design for people’s media expressions and digital storytelling. Mizukoshi was a leader of one of four teams.

Social Contribution

[Chief Editor]  "5" editorial office  Jun 2014 - Today
[Others]  Radio5  23 Jun 2018 - Today
Bilingual and independent internet radio that is cooperating with the Magazine 5: Designing Media Ecology.
[TV or radio appearance, Panelist, Commentator, Presenter, Editor, Planner, Organizing Member, Report writing]  MELL Platz  Apr 2007 - Mar 2012
[TV or radio appearance, Panelist, Commentator, Presenter, Media coverage cooperation, Chief Editor, Interviewer, Editor, Lecturer, Advisor, Informant, Planner, Organizing Member, Demonstrator, Investigater, Report writing, Contribution]  MELL Project  Jan 2001 - Mar 2006