Basic Information


HORII Satoko


Associate Professor



Research Fields, Keywords

European politics, Migration, Borders

E-Mail Address

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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), Associate Professor, 2022/04 -

  • Akita International University Faculty of International Liberal Arts Global Studies Program (Ryoiki), Assistant Professor, 2021/04 - 2022/03

  • 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 - 2017/08

  • 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

  • The Globalization of Local Communities and Their Economic Dynamics, Journal of the Institute for Asian Studies and Regional Collaboration (14) (p.21 - 28) , 2022/03, Tetsuya Toyoda, Satoko Horii

    Research paper (university, research institution), Multiple Authorship, Japanese

  • State-NGO relations in Mediterranean search and rescue operations: A review, International Journal of Migration and Border Studies , vol.7 (1) (p.18 - 34) , 2022/03, Satoko Horii

    DOI:10.1504/ijmbs.2022.121719, Research paper (scientific journal), Single Author, English

  • 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

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Books 【 display / non-display

  • The Migrant Entrepreneurship in Rural Japan: A case of Akita, Akashi Shoten, 2022/03, Satoko Horii, Asuka Goto

    Scholarly Book, Book Supervision, Japanese

  • 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] Isao Murahashi "Independence, Civil War, and Refugees of South Sudan: Between Hope and Despair (in Japanese)", 2022/12

    Book Review

  • 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

  • The 2022 Annual Convention of the Japan Association of International Relations (JAIR), Domestic Conference, 2022/10, Revisiting Refugee Self-reliance Assistance in Europe: Non-state Actors' Transnational Practices, Oral Presentation (general)

  • Jean Monnet Symposium on Interregionalism as Political Strategy: Comparison of Migration Issues and Euro-Asian Cooperation, International Conference, 2022/06, The EU Approach on Migration: Policies and Practices in Recent Crisis Situations, Oral Presentation (guest/special)

  • 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)

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

  • 2023, Fall, GSP493-1_F, Seminar in Transnational Studies

  • 2023, Fall, PLS150-1_F, Political Science

  • 2023, Fall, PLS381-1_F, Forced Migration

  • 2023, Spring, GSP490-4_S, Seminar in Global Studies (Study Abroad)

  • 2023, Spring, PLS380-1_S, Borders and Migration

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Community Activities Outside University 【 display / non-display

  • Member of the Akita City Commmittee on Revitalisation of Yuwa area,2023/04 -

    Share opinions, make proposals and recommendations for the revitalisation of the Yuwa area

  • Speech at the Akita Keizai Doyukai (Akita Association of Corporate Executives) ,2023/02

    Delivery of speech

  • Speech at the Rengo Akita "Political Forum",2023/02

    Delivery of speech

  • Member of the Akita Prefectural advisory committee for gender equality,2022/12 -

    Contributing to the Committee

  • Auditor of the Committee on promotion of study abroad for the high school level students in Akita (official name tbc) ,2022/05 -

    Auditing the Committee

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