Dr Peter Matanle
School of East Asian Studies
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies
Director of Research and Innovation
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Dr. Peter Matanle joined SEAS in 2001 after working as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Niigata University in Japan. His research is in the social and cultural geography of East Asian development, and within this his focus has been on the following:
- The theory and practice of permanent employment in large organizations,
- Work and its representation in popular culture, and
- Population, environment, and regional development in post-industrial society.
Peter has published widely in the above fields, including four books, chapters in edited volumes, and peer reviewed articles in leading Area Studies and disciplinary scholarly journals, including Japan Forum, Social Science Japan Journal, Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, Organization, Asian Business & Management, Local Environment, and Gender, Work and Organization.
Since embarking on his research in the mid-1990s, Peter has received research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, GB-Sasakawa Foundation, British Association for Japanese Studies, White Rose East Asia Centre, and Japan Foundation Endowment Committee.
BA & MA (Cambridge), MA (Essex), PhD (Sheffield)
- Research interests
Currently Dr Matanle is working on a co-authored monograph on Lifetime Employment in 21st Century Japan, as well as researching the relationship between demographic change and resource consumption in Japan's rural regions, focusing on the spatial impacts of depopulation on energy demand. He hopes soon to begin work on a new project on depopulation and degrowth under environmental breakdown.
- Japan's Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.
- Japanese Capitalism and Modernity In a Global Era: Re-Fabricating Lifetime Employment Relations. London: RoutledgeCurzon.
- Researching Twenty-first Century Japan: New Directions and Approaches for the Electronic Age. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan. Basingsoke, UK: PalgraveMacmillan.
- East Asia Research Review: Proceedings of the First UK Post-Graduate Conference in East Asian Studies. Colchester, Essex: British Association for Japanese Studies.
- International mobility for early career academics : does it help or hinder career formation in Japanese studies?. Japan Forum.
- View this article in WRRO Confronting the Olympic paradox : modernity and environment at a crossroads in downtown Tokyo. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 18(4).
- View this article in WRRO Imagining disasters in the era of climate change : is Japan’s seawall a new Maginot Line?. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 17(13), 1-29.
- View this article in WRRO Searching for a Depopulation Dividend in the 21st Century: Perspectives from Japan, Spain and New Zealand. Journal of the Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, 83(1), E1-E6.
- View this article in WRRO Revisiting the First and Second Sexism in Japan. The Newsletter(82), 14-14.
- View this article in WRRO Depopulation Dividend for a Shrinking Japan. AsiaGlobal Online.
- View this article in WRRO Towards an Asia-Pacific ‘Depopulation Dividend’ in the 21st Century: Regional Growth and Shrinkage in Japan and New Zealand. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 15(6).
- British responses to the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. Japan Forum, 28(3), 362-363. View this article in WRRO
- Do I stay or do I go now? A researcher's response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. Japan Forum, 28(3), 385-393. View this article in WRRO
- Popular Culture and Workplace Gendering among Varieties of Capitalism: Working Women and their Representation in Japanese Manga. Gender, Work and Organization. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Post-disaster recovery in ageing and declining communities: The Great East Japan disaster of 11 March 2011. Geography, 98(2), 68-76.
- The Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown: Towards the (re)construction of a safe, sustainable, and compassionate society in Japan's shrinking regions. Local Environment, 16(9), 823-847. View this article in WRRO
- Coming Soon to a City Near You! Learning to Live 'Beyond Growth' in Japan's Shrinking Regions. SOC SCI JPN J, 13(2), 187-210. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO イギリスにおける高齢者福祉: シェフィールド市のボランティア組織の活動を中心に (Caring for Older People in the UK: An Analysis of Local Volunteer Organisation Contributions in Sheffield). Jinbun Kagaku Kenkyū: Studies in Humanities, 127, 1-27.
- Introduction: A Special Focus on Shrinking Regions. SOC SCI JPN J, 13(2), 183-185. View this article in WRRO
- Men under pressure: Representations of the 'salaryman' and his organization in Japanese manga. ORGANIZATION, 15(5), 639-664. View this article in WRRO
- Forty years on: Researching the globalization of the Japanese firm in the UK. ASIAN BUS MANAG, 6(4), 431-449. View this article in WRRO
- Organic Sources for the Revitalization of Rural Japan. Japanstudien, 18(1), 149-180.
- The Habit of a Lifetime? Japanese and British University Students' Attitudes to Permanent Employment. Japan Forum, 18(2), 229-254. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Organic Sources for the Revitalization of Rural Japan: The Craft Potters of Sado, 18, 149-180.
- View this article in WRRO Driving the Modern Dream: Contemporary Japanese Modernity in Theoretical Perspective. Hōsei Riron, 33(4), 103-150.
- Japan and the Environment, Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Japan (pp. 291-303). Routledge
- View this article in WRRO Understanding the Dynamics of Regional Growth and Shrinkage in 21st Century Japan: Towards the Achievement of an Asia-Pacific 'Depopulation Dividend' In Chiavacci D & Hommerich C (Ed.), Social Inequality in Post-Growth Japan: Transformation during Economic and Demographic Stagnation (pp. 213-230). London and New York: Routledge.
- View this article in WRRO Sarariiman manga ni miru danjo no raifu kōsu: ‘Shima Kōsaku’ ‘Sarariiman Kintarō’ siriisu kara no kōsatsu (Understanding men’s and women’s life courses through salaryman manga: Case studies from the Shima Kosaku and Salaryman Kintaro series) In Tanaka H, Godzik M & Iwata-Weickgennant K (Ed.), Raifu kōsu sentaku no yukue: Nihon to doitsu no shigoto - kazoku - sumai (The future of the Life Course: Work, Family and Living in Japan and Germany) (pp. 103-132). Tokyo: Shinyosha.
- View this article in WRRO Lifetime Employment in 21st Century Japan: Stability and Resilience Under Pressure in the Japanese Management System In Horn SA (Ed.), Emerging Perspectives in Japanese Human Resource Management (pp. 15-44). Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang GmbH.
- View this article in WRRO Shrinking Sado: Education, Employment and the Decline of Japan’s Rural Regions In Oswald P (Ed.), Shrinking cities Complete Works 3: Japan Berlin, Germany: Büro Philipp Oswalt.
- View this article in WRRO Beyond Lifetime Employment? Re-Fabricating Japan's Employment Culture In Matanle P & Lunsing W (Ed.), Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan (pp. 58-78). Basingstoke, UK: PalgraveMacmillan.
- View this article in WRRO イギリス：イギリスの資本主義•日本の資本主義 (Igirisu: Igirisu no shihonshugi nihon no shihonshugi - Great Britain: Japanese Capitalism - British Capitalism) In Kudo A, Kikkawa T & Hook GD (Ed.), 現代日本企業 3 グロウバルレビュー (Gendai nihon kigyō 3: gurōbaru rebiu (The contemporary Japanese enterprise 3: Global review) (pp. 143-166). Tokyo, Japan: Yūhikaku.
- The Aftermath of the 2011 East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Living among the Rubble. Japanese Studies, 37(3), 395-396.
- HARD TIMES IN THE HOMETOWN: A History of Community Survival in Modern Japan. PACIFIC AFFAIRS, 86(3), 644-647.
- Changes in Japanese Employment Practices: Beyond the Japanese Model, By Arjan Keizer, London and New York: Routledge, xii + 204 pp., ISBN 978-0-45-44-758-4.. Relations industrielles, 66(4), 692-692.
- The new community firm: Employment, governance and management reform in Japan. BRIT J IND RELAT, 46(3), 563-564.
- Labor and Employment Law in Japan. Asian Business & Management, 2(1), 177-179.
Conference proceedings papers
- View this article in WRRO From Outside-in to Inside-out: The Emergence of Capitalist Modernity in Japan. Anglo-Japanese Academy Workshop Proceedings (pp 449-455). Tokyo
- View this article in WRRO Coping with Modernity: Man and Company in Contemporary Japan. East Asia Research Review: Proceedings of the First UK Post-Graduate Conference in East Asian Studies, Vol. 1 (pp 1-12). Colchester, Essex, 30 July 1999 - 31 July 1999.
- East Asia Research Review: Proceedings of the First Post-Graduate Conference in East Asian Studies. East Asia Research Review, Vol. 1 (pp 1-101). Colchester, Essex, 30 July 1999 - 31 July 1999.
- View this article in WRRO Ageing and Depopulation in Japan: Understanding the Consequences for East and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century
- http://populationmatters.org/magazine/0214.pdf View this article in WRRO Towards a Definition of the ‘Depopulation Dividend’. Retrieved from
- http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/ View this article in WRRO Why the 2020 Olympics won’t solve Japan’s problems. Retrieved from
- Breaking the Circle of Human Disconnection through Cultural Exchange Programmes.
- View this article in WRRO Japan’s depopulation dividend: searching for an alternative to growth at all costs.
- View this article in WRRO America’s New Best Friend: The UK vs Japan.
- View this article in WRRO Fukushima - The Triple Disaster and Its Triple Lessons: What can be learned about regulation, planning, and communication in an unfolding emergency?.
- View this article in WRRO Does a Shrinking Population Help to Solve Climate Change?.
- View this article in WRRO Why Japan can't (or won't) stop using fossil fuels any time soon.
- View this article in WRRO Rethinking Japan's Lifetime Employment for the 21st Century.
- View this article in WRRO Achieving the 21st Century ‘Depopulation Dividend’: Japan as the World’s Research Laboratory for a More Sustainable Future.
Theses / Dissertations
- View this article in WRRO A study on the nature of capitalist modernity in contemporary Japan Man and company under restructuring and globalisation. University of Sheffield.
- Research group
SEAS research cluster
University of Sheffield Research Institutes
Doshisha University, Kyoto, Visiting Research Fellow (2010-11)
Institute of East Asian Studies, University of Duisburg-Essen, Visiting Lecturer (Erasmus Exchange 2009)
Japan Zentrum, Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, Visiting Lecturer (Erasmus Exchange 2007)
Faculty of Education and Human Sciences, Niigata University, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2004-06)
Doshisha University, Kyoto, Visiting Graduate Research Fellow (1999-2000)
Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo, Visiting Graduate Research Fellow (1998)
- Teaching interests
I firmly believe that education should be a transformative process, for students as well as lecturers; that we all learn from and grow as a result of the challenges that teaching and learning bring to each participant. In order for that to occur, students and lecturers should be open to information and experiences that may contradict and challenge received understandings.
I hope that students will come to my class wanting to discover something new about the world, to confront themselves and their preconceived ideas, and wishing to use their education for the benefit of themselves and others.
To accommodate students' different learning styles and needs, I like to vary the mode of deliver of my teaching through a mixture of lectures, seminars, group and individual work, and analysis of visual materials.
I expect students to read in depth and be familiar with the most up-to-date scholarly debates not only in preparation for their classes and assessments, but to to use these as the basis for developing their own ideas and frameworks for thinking about the world.
I want all my students to feel comfortable about expressing their thoughts freely and confidently, and to participate as an active member of a dynamic scholarly community.
- Teaching activities
Currently Dr Matanle teaches on the following modules:
- EAS21005 Environment and Development of the Japanese Islands
- EAS6149/6158 Media and Public Communication in Japan
In addition, Peter contributes to postgraduate research training in the University's Doctoral Training Programme and has been awarded European Union teaching mobility grants to teach in Germany at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and Duisburg-Essen University under the Erasmus Mundus programme.
Peter Matanle is currently supervising six PhD candidates. He welcomes applications from prospective research students in the fields of the sociology of work and regional studies in Japan.
PhD Theses Supervised
- ISHIGURO, K., Generating Equal Employment Opportunities: The Work and Life of Female Managers in Japanese Companies
- HARTLEY, R., Japan’s hegemony in Southeast Asia (Second supervisor)
- RICHMOND, A., Japanese horror film reception
- WALKER, A., Buddhism and rural living in Japan (MPHil)
- ESTAMPADOR, S., The JET Programme and Japan’s soft power.
- HORN, R., The internationalization of Japanese higher education (Second supervisor).
- MCDONALD, D., Managing Workforce Diversity in Japanese Companies.
- VAINIO, A., The role of NGOs in post-tsunami recovery.
- AVCI, Y., State and Everyday Politics of Undocumented Immigrants: The Case of Undocumented Turkish Immigrants in Japan
- WANG, J., Public Private Partnerships in recovery after 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake
- Media expertise
Dr Matanle has experience of both press and broadcasting, having been interviewed by the BBC, the New York Times and the Financial Times, written for the Guardian online, and having appeared as an invited foreign discussant by Japan's national broadcaster NHK to a studio debate on Japan's 'lifetime employment system’.
Peter is available to media organisations to talk about work, employment and regional society in Japan and the UK. Please contact him either by telephone or e-mail to arrange an interview.