Dr Peter Matanle
Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies
Dr. Peter Matanle is Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies and Director of Research and Innovation at SEAS. He joined the School of East Asian Studies in 2001 after working as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at Niigata University in Japan. Peter's research interests are in the social and cultural geography of East Asian development. Within this broad area his focus has been on the following:
• The theory and practice of permanent employment in large organizations,
Peter has published widely in the above fields, including four books, chapters in edited volumes, and peer reviewed articles in leading scholarly journals, including Japan Forum, Social Science Japan Journal, Organization, Asian Business & Management, Local Environment, and Gender, Work and Organization. He has peer reviewed research for Japan Forum, Social Science Japan Journal, Contemporary Japan, electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies, Pacific Affairs, Sociology, The Sociological Quarterly, American Ethnologist, International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, and Environmental Politics, as well as the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Council, Cambridge University Press, and Routledge.
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.
SEAS Research Cluster
Dr Matanle is pursuing a number of related research themes in collaboration with colleagues from around the world. Currently he is working on a co-authored monograph on Lifetime Employment in 21st Century Japan, as well as articles on depopulation and regional sustainability in East Asia, and postdoctoral career formation in Japanese studies.
In the future, Peter plans to research the relationship between demographic change and resource consumption in Japan's rural regions, focusing on the spatial impacts of depopulation on resource demand.
Other Projects and Interests
Peter has an interest in internet communications and the publishing industry. He is the founder and publishing editor of both the electronic journal of contemporary japanese studies and Paulownia Press. The former recently celebrated its tenth year in continuous publication and has published more than 200 refereed articles, discussion papers and reviews, while the latter has published three volumes on war memory and reconciliation in Asia.
In addition to these, Dr Matanle led the redevelopment of the British Association for Japanese Studies website and, as a part of this, the 'Discover Japanese Studies' project. The latter is a set of web and CD-based materials designed to inform secondary school students about Japanese studies as a potential subject of study at university, which was generously supported by grants from the British Association for Japanese Studies, GB-Sasakawa Foundation, Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, Japan Foundation, Japan Airlines, and the Embassy of Japan in the UK.
Doshisha University, Kyoto, Visiting Research Fellow (2010-11)
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.
Currently Dr Matanle teaches on the following modules.
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.
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.
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.
- Journal articles
- Conference proceedings papers
- Website content
- Theses / Dissertations
- Edited books
- Book reviews
- Matanle P, Rausch AS & The Shrinking Regions Research Group (2011) Japan's Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century: Contemporary Responses to Depopulation and Socioeconomic Decline. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.
- Matanle PCD (2003) Japanese Capitalism and Modernity In a Global Era: Re-Fabricating Lifetime Employment Relations. London: RoutledgeCurzon.
- Matanle P (2017) 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). View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P (2016) 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
- Matanle P (2016) British responses to the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster. Japan Forum, 28(3), 362-363. View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P, Ishiguro K & Mccann L (2014) 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
- Matanle P (2013) Post-disaster recovery in ageing and declining communities: The Great East Japan disaster of 11 March 2011. Geography, 98(2), 68-76. View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P (2011) 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
- Matanle P & Sato Y (2010) 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
- Matanle P (2010) Introduction: A Special Focus on Shrinking Regions. SOC SCI JPN J, 13(2), 183-185. View this article in WRRO
- Sato Y & Matanle P (2010) 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. View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P, McCann L & Ashmore D (2008) Men under pressure: Representations of the 'salaryman' and his organization in Japanese manga. ORGANIZATION, 15(5), 639-664. View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P (2007) 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
- Matanle P (2006) 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
- Matanle P (2001) Driving the Modern Dream: Contemporary Japanese Modernity in Theoretical Perspective. Hōsei Riron, 33(4), 103-150. View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P (2016) 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
- Ishiguro K & Matanle PC (2013) 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.
- Matanle P & Matsui K (2011) 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
- Matanle P (2008) 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
- Matanle P (2006) 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
- Matanle P (2006) 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. View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P (2006) Organic Sources for the Revitalization of Rural Japan: The Craft Potters of Sado In Haak R (Ed.), Japanstudien 18: Arbeitswelten in Japan (How Japan works) (pp. 149-180). Tokyo, Japan and Munich, Germany: Deutschen Instituts für Japanstudien and Iudicium, Munich, Germany. View this article in WRRO
Conference proceedings papers
- Matanle PC (2001) From Outside-in to Inside-out: The Emergence of Capitalist Modernity in Japan. Anglo-Japanese Academy Workshop Proceedings (pp 449-455). Tokyo
- Matanle P, Hyun J-H, Foley JA, Habu T, Gallimore D, Ingerson J, Yamazaki M, Hood. CP & Evans N (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.
- Matanle P (1999) 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. View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P (2014) Ageing and Depopulation in Japan: Understanding the Consequences for East and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P & Martin R (2014) Towards a Definition of the ‘Depopulation Dividend’. Retrieved from http://populationmatters.org/magazine/0214.pdf View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P (2013) Why the 2020 Olympics won’t solve Japan’s problems. Retrieved from http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/ View this article in WRRO
- Matanle PC America’s New Best Friend: The UK vs Japan. View this article in WRRO
- de Saille S & Matanle PC 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
- Matanle PC Does a Shrinking Population Help to Solve Climate Change?. View this article in WRRO
- Matanle PC Why Japan can't (or won't) stop using fossil fuels any time soon. View this article in WRRO
- Macnaughtan H, Matanle P, Keizer A & Imai J Rethinking Japan's Lifetime Employment for the 21st Century. View this article in WRRO
- Matanle P Achieving the 21st Century ‘Depopulation Dividend’: Japan as the World’s Research Laboratory for a More Sustainable Future. View this article in WRRO
Theses / Dissertations
- Matanle P (2001) A study on the nature of capitalist modernity in contemporary Japan Man and company under restructuring and globalisation. University of Sheffield. View this article in WRRO
- Iles T & Matanle P (Ed.) (2012) Researching Twenty-first Century Japan: New Directions and Approaches for the Electronic Age. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Matanle P & Lunsing W (Ed.) (2006) Perspectives on Work, Employment and Society in Japan. Basingsoke, UK: PalgraveMacmillan.
- Matanle P (2011) 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.
- Matanle P (2003) Labor and Employment Law in Japan. Asian Business & Management, 2(1), 177-179.