Chris Schimkowsky

Christoph SchimkowskyMA Anthropological Research Methods (SOAS, University of London)
MA International Relations (Waseda University, Japan)
BA Socio-cultural Anthropology / Political Science (University of Goettingen, Germany)



Thesis title / scope of research

Friendly but pervasive: Non-assertive control mechanisms and the maintenance of social order in Tokyo

My research interests include:

  • everyday experience and meaning-making
  • the construction of knowledge and authority
  • means of social control in urban spaces
  • East Asian societies (particularly Japan)
  • media studies


  • Dr. Alex Dennis
  • Dr. Jamie Coates
  • Prof. Clive Norris



  • 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

Selected Awards

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)