Chris Schimkowsky


Department of Sociological Studies

PhD Student

Chris Schimkowsky

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Chris Schimkowsky
Department of Sociological Studies
  • MA Anthropological Research Methods (SOAS, University of London)
  • MA International Relations (Waseda University, Japan)
  • BA Socio-cultural Anthropology / Political Science (University of Goettingen, Germany)
Research interests

Friendly but pervasive: “Train manners” and the regulation of passenger conduct on public transport in Tokyo.

Research group


Professional activities
  • 2018 - 2022 University Prize Scholarship, University of Sheffield
  • 2016 - 2018 Future Leaders Program for Regional Governance and Cooperation in Asia, Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology
  • 2017 SOAS Postgraduate School Prize & Departmental Prize for Best MA Profile
  • 2015 - 2016 SOAS Master’s Scholarship
  • 2015 - 2016 Scholarship for Graduate Students, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
  • 2014 - 2015 Chinese Government Scholarship, Chinese Scholarship Council
  • European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)


  • Schimkowsky, Christoph (2021) 'Manner Posters: A Genre Approach'. In Japanese Studies.
  • Schimkowsky, Christoph (2020) Crime prevention in a low-crime nation: an enquiry into Japanese bōhan initiatives, Contemporary Japan, DOI: 10.1080/18692729.2020.1852363
  • Schimkowsky, Christoph (2020) ‘Seeking seclusion, embracing decline: a qualitative enquiry into the long-term development of a private online community’ in: Social Media + Society.
  • Schimkowsky, Christoph (2020) ‘Book Review: Michael Fisch, An Anthropology of the Machine. Tokyo's Commuter Train Network’ in: Japan Forum.
  • Schimkowsky, Christoph & Kohlbacher, Florian (2017) ‘Of ikumen and ikuboss: An Inquiry into Japan’s New Fathers as Consumers, Employees and Managers‘ in: Liebig, B.; Oechsle, M. (eds) Fathers in Work Organizations. Berlin: Budrich. 149-169.
  • Mizukoshi, Kosuke; Kohlbacher, Florian & Schimkowsky, Christoph (2015) ‘Japan’s ikumen discourse: macro and micro perspectives on modern fatherhood’ in: Japan Forum 28, 2. 212-232.
  • Kohlbacher, Florian & Schimkowsky, Christoph (2014) ‘Ikumen: Japans neue Väter als neuer Markt?‘ (‘Ikumen: Japan’s New Fathers as a new market opportunity?’) in Chiavacci, D.; Wieczorek, I. (eds): Japan 2014: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft (Japan 2014: Politics, Economy and Society. Anthology of the German Association for Social Science Research on Japan). Munich: ludicium. 146-176


  • Schimkowsky, Christoph & Kohlbacher, Florian (2016) ‘Better deal at work for parents. Support for new HR policies’ in: BCCJ ACUMEN, Magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan. April: 28-29.
  • Kohlbacher, Florian & Schimkowsky, Christoph (2014), ‘The Rise of Modern Dads. Support from Government, media and firms’ in: BCCJ ACUMEN, Magazine of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan. September: 30-31