Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe, Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok - Technical Advisor- Gender


Kyoko Kusakabe is a Professor of Gender and Development Studies, School of Environment, Resources and Development, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Her work focuses on gender analysis of labor migration and women in the informal economy. Her current work centers around social reproduction of migrant workers, women migrant workers under special economic zones and cross border investments, as well as migration as survival strategies for fishing communities. She co-authored a book, Thailand’s Hidden Workforce: Burmese migrant women factory workers (Zed Books) with Ruth Pearson and co-edited, Gender, mobilities and livelihood transformations (Routledge). 

Selected Publications

  1. Pearson, Ruth and Kyoko Kusakabe (2012) Thailand’s Hidden Workforce: Burmese Migrant Women Factory Workers, London: Zed Books.
  2. Kusakabe, Kyoko (ed.) (2012) Gender, road and mobility in Asia, London: Practical Action Publishing.
  3. Lund, Ragnhild, Kyoko Kusakabe, Nitya Rao and Nireka Weeratunge (eds) (2020) Fisherfolk in Cambodia, India and Sri Lanka: Migration, gender and well-being, Routledge.
  4. Lund, Ranghild, Kyoko Kusakabe, Smita Mishra Panda, Wang Yunxian (eds) (2014) Gender, mobilities, and iveihood transformations: Comparing indigenous people in China, Laos, and India, London: Routledge.
  5. Veena, N and Kyoko Kusakabe (2021) “Negotiating social location as a workplace strategy: Gorkhali women migrant domestic workers and South Asian employers in Bangkok”, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
  6. Kusakabe, Kyoko and Chanthavisith Chanthoumphone (2021) “Transition from subsistence agriculture to rubber plantations in Northern laos: Analysis of household livelihood strategies by ethnicity and gender”, Sage Open 11:2, 1-13.
  7. Kusakabe, Kyoko, Khamnuan Khuenta, Tiwaporn Hemsakul, Veena N. (2019) “Building a home away from home: Housing choices of labor migrants in Thailand”, Migration and Development, 8:2, 176-191.
  8.  Kusakabe, Kyoko and Aye Chan Myae (2019) “Precarity and Vulnerability Under Expansion of Rubber Plantation in Northern Laos and Northern Shan State”, Journal of Contemporary Asia 49:4, 586-601.
  9. Kusakabe, Kyoko and Ruth Pearson (2016) “Working through exceptional space: the case of women migrant workers in Mae Sot, Thailand”, International sociology, 31:3, 268-285.
  10. Kusakabe, Kyoko and Ruth Pearson (2013) “Cross-border childcare strategies of Burmese migrant workers in Thailand”, Gender, place and culture, 20:8, 960-978.

Selected Projects

  1. Women and men in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture in Asia: Barriers, constraints and opportunities towards equality and secure livelihoods, FAO (2020-2021)
  2. Capacity building of gender and development studies at Yangon University of Economics, IDRC Canada (2018-2020)
  3. Jobs at the border: women’s employment in ASEAN’s economic zones, IDRC Canada (2016-2018)
  4. Integration of migrants and socia policy isues: Reflections from Japan, Korea and Thailand towards creation of inclusive society, Toyota Foundation (2015-2016).
  5. Gendered impact of cross-border agricultural investment: Case of rubber plantations in Northern Laos, Myanmar and cambodia, Stockholm Environment Institute (2014-2017).

 

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