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Labour migration
Precarious work (e.g. informal work, unpaid domestic work and gig work)
Digital labour market
Gender equality
Social inclusion
Asian diaspora
Culinary culture
Food sustainability
Innovative education
Language learning


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Personal profile


Iori Hamada is a Lecturer in Japanese Studies at the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics in the Faculty of Arts. Her primary research focuses on migration and employment in Japan, Australia and beyond, examined through a transnational lens. Driven by a passion for social inclusion, Iori is dedicated to fostering a more equitable society, particularly for disadvantaged groups such as migrants and women.

Iori is currently leading a co-authored edited volume titled Japanese Migrations to Australia: Transformation and Heterogeneity (with Professor Takeshi Hamano and Professor Yoshikazu Shiobara), collaborating with a multi-national team of contributors.

She is also conducting research on the role of migrants in food-focused social enterprises and the industry's contribution to the labor integration of migrants in Australia. In addition, Iori is the Chief Investigator of a funded project titled Investigating the Hidden Costs of Family Separation: Pathways to Targeted Support for East Asian Women and Children in Australia (with Dr Hyein Ellen Cho).

Iori also has a growing interest in virtual education initiatives, both as a researcher and an educator. She is an active member of the Online Intercultural Exchange Research Cluster.

Iori is an established author in the field of intercultural communications. Before beginning her academic career, she published six books, some of which have been translated into Chinese and Korean. She is currently completing an open textbook titled Japanese Introductory 1, funded by the Council of Australian University Librarians in 2023. The first half of the textbook is already available online.

Other research projects that Iori is currently conducting include:

Eating the Edge: Food Practices Destabilising the Migrant-Citizen Dichotomy (Project ID: 42811)

Supervision interests

Iori welcomes postgraduate and honours students interested in labour migration and employment in Japan, Australia and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as those interested in innovative education.

Current postgraduate supervisions include:

The Wartime Record of NX34734 Captain Reginald W.J. Newton, 2/19th Battalion (with Associate Professor Beatrice Trefalt)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Research area keywords

  • Migration Studies
  • Food studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Women and family issues
  • Wellbeing
  • International Communication
  • Anthropology
  • Men's Behaviour Change
  • Japanese Studies
  • Labour Force
  • Diversity and Social Inclusion
  • Masculinities
  • Language and culture
  • Higher Education
  • Diaspora
  • Gender equality

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