Basic Information


HORII Satoko


Assistant Professor



Research Fields, Keywords

European politics, Migration, Borders

Research Field

My academic interest is in the governance on human movement, with a focus on border control and forced migration. My recent projects analyse the role of EU actors in the EU border management and the role of NGOs and international organisations for migrants and refugees.

Academic Background (Graduate Level) 【 display / non-display

  • University of Sussex, Graduate School, Division of Politics, Supervisors: Jörg Monar and James Hampshire

    Doctor's Course, 2015/11, Completed, UNITED KINGDOM

  • University of Oxford, Refugee/Forced Migration , Supervisor: Matthew J Gibney

    Master's Course, 2010/09, Completed, UNITED KINGDOM

  • Hitotsubashi University, School of International and Public Policy , Global Governance Program

    Master's Course, 2009/03, Completed, JAPAN

Degree Earned 【 display / non-display

  • Doctor (Politics), Politics, University of Sussex, 2015/11

  • MSc (Forced Migration), Forced migration, University of Oxford, 2010/07

  • MA in International Public and Administration, International relations, Hitotsubashi University, 2009/03

  • BA in Arts and Letters, Sociology, Tohoku University, 2004/03

Professional Career On-Campus 【 display / non-display

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Ryoiki), Assistant Professor, 2021/04 -

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Katei), Assistant Professor, 2016/04 - 2021/03

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Katei), Lecturer, 2013/09 - 2016/03

External Career 【 display / non-display

  • University of Buckingham School of Humanities , Margaret Thatcher Japan Foundation Visiting fellow at the University of Buckingham, 2016/09 -

  • University of Sussex (UK), Associate Tutor for 'Research Skills and Methods in Political Science', 2011/04 - 2012/03

  • Embassy of Japan in Mexico, Administrative and logistics officer, 2004/04 - 2006/03

Academic Society Affiliations 【 display / non-display

  • EU Studies Association Japan, 2015/12 - , JAPAN

  • Japan Association of International Relations, 2015/12 - , JAPAN

  • Japan Association for Migration Policy Studies , 2015/10 - , JAPAN

  • Council for European Studies, 2015/09 - , UNITED STATES

  • International Political Science Association (IPSA), 2015/01 - , CANADA


Academic Papers 【 display / non-display

  • Decline of Liberalism? , Chuokoron (6) (p.102 - 111) , 2019/05, Christian Joppke (I translated his work)

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, Japanese

  • The EU Border Control Governance and the role of NGOs: With a Focus on Search and Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean, International Relations (196) (p.65 - 80) , 2019/03, Satoko Horii

    Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, Japanese

  • Accountability, Dependency, and EU Agencies: The Hotspot Approach in the Refugee Crisis, Refugee Survey Quarterly, vol.37 (2) (p.204 - 230) , 2018/06, Satoko Horii

    DOI:, Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

  • The Effect of Frontex's Risk Analysis on the European Border Controls, European Politics and Society, vol.17 (2) (p.242 - 258) , 2016/01, Satoko Horii

    DOI:10.1080/23745118.2016.1121002, Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

  • Emerging 'Migration State' in Asia: Japan and Its Visa Policy, Major Developments in the World and Taiwan in 2014 (p.1 - 14) , 2014, Satoko Horii

    Research paper (international conference proceedings), Single Author, English

display all >>

Books 【 display / non-display

  • Imin Ukeire no Kokusai Syakaigaku (International sociology of immigration) (I wrote Chapter 4 on the EU), The University of Nagoya Press, 2017/02, Edited by Akihiro Koido

    Scholarly Book, Other, Japanese

  • Readings for Academic Writing, Akita International University Press , 2016, Clay Williams, Rachael Ruegg, Naoko Araki, Mary Frances Agnello, Paul Chamness Miller, Lindsay DeWitt

    Scholarly Book, Joint Editing and Writing, English

Other Research Activities 【 display / non-display

  • Book review article for Migration Policy Review vol. 12 , 2020/05

    Book Review

Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research 【 display / non-display

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B),2020/04 - 2024/03,International Refugee Protection Regime Revisited : Challenges and Opportunities

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A),2019/04 - 2022/03,Comparative study of immigration policy (I am a co-investigator)

  • Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientists (B),2017/04 - 2021/03,Border management partnerships between the EU and NGOs: from the policy network approach

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A),2016/04 - 2019/03,Transformation of Multilayered Structure of Selective System for Immigrants/Refugees (I was a co-investigator)

Other External Funds Procured 【 display / non-display

  • Margaret Thatcher Japan Foundation Fellowships,2016/09 - 2017/08,The challenges of managing cross-border human movements in Europe, and the role of EU agencies

    Private Foundations

  • Murata Science Foundation,2016/07,Conference Presentation on 'The Move "outward" of Migration Control: the EU Agencies and Third Country Cooperation'

    Received funding to participate in the International Political Science Association (IPSA) Congress at Poznan, Poland, on 23-28 July 2016.

    Private Foundations

Presentations 【 display / non-display

  • 27th International Conference of Europeanists, International Conference, 2021/06, Constructing 'Refugee entrepreneurship' in Europe, Oral Presentation (general)

  • JAMPS 2021 Annual Conference , Domestic Conference, 2021/05, The Migrant Entrepreneurship in Rural Japan: The Case of Akita , Oral Presentation (general)

  • Kobe Seminar 2019, International Conference, 2019/02, The EU Border Control Governance and the Role of NGOs: With a Focus on Search and Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean, Oral Presentation (guest/special)

  • The 2018 Annual Convention , Domestic Conference, 2018/11, The EU Border Control Governance and the role of NGOs: With a Focus on Search and Rescue Operations in the Mediterranean, Oral Presentation (general)

  • Council for European Studies 24th International Conference, International Conference, 2017/07, The Limits of the Agency Governance in Managing Migration: Analysis of the EU's Hot Spot Approach at the Greece Borders, Oral Presentation (general)

display all >>


On-Campus Classes/Subjects In Charge of 【 display / non-display

  • 2021, Winter, IST391-1_W, Invitation to EU Studies

  • 2021, Winter, PLS285-1_W, European Political Systems

  • 2021, Fall, ECN365-1_F, EU Politics and Economy

  • 2021, Fall, PLS150-1_F, Political Science

  • 2021, Fall, IGS200-1_F, Introduction to Global Studies

display all >>


Community Activities Outside University 【 display / non-display

  • Keynote speech and panel coordinator at the harmony festa (Akita Pref gender equality event),2021/06

    Gave a keynote speech and moderated a panel discussion in the harmony festa 2021.

  • Member of the annual assembly of the National Women's Association,2021/05 -

    Organising the planning committee for the national assembly of the association held on 5-6 November.

  • AY2019 AIU Open lecture series co-sponsored by Tohoku Certified Public Tax Accountants' Association,2019/09

    Offered a public lecture on the theme of society with diversity

  • Instructor for the AIU study camp for junior high and high school students in Japan,2019/08

    Contributed to the AIU study camp where private junior high and high school students study on AIU campus for three days as the instructor.

  • Instructor and Adviser for a project organised by NGO "Ikiiki F-net Akita" ,2019/08

    Contributed to a project "Marriage School by the Harmony Plaza" as an instructor and an adviser for a research paper

display all >>