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Research interests

My research brings transnational perspectives to bear on investigating key areas in contemporary culture and society: migration, social inclusion, gender ideologies, food cultures, higher education and the work-family nexus. I am currently working on several individual and collaborative projects, including ‘Inclusive dining out experiences’, ‘The brain waste of skilled migrants in Australia', and 'WIL (Work-Integrated Learning) and employability in modern foreign language studies’. My work has appeared in leading international publishers, including Oxford University Press, Routledge, Springer Nature and Bloomsbury Academic.




I have an interdisciplinary background (cultural studies, anthropology, and social sciences), holding a B.A. in Education from Sophia University, an M.A. in Applied Communication from RMIT University, and a Ph.D. in Japanese Studies from the University of Melbourne. I came to Australia in 2006 as a recipient of the Endeavour Japan Awards funded by the Australian Government. Prior to joining Japanese Studies at Monash University in 2019, I have taught Japanese socio-cultural and language courses at the University of Melbourne. 

I am also the author of six commercial books about intercultural communications, language learning, and Japanese food culture. Some of my books were translated and sold in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. My latest bilingual book Eat and Speak WASHOKU offers food lovers useful overviews of what Japanese traditional food called 'washoku' is all about.

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., The University of Melbourne

M.A., RMIT University

B.A., Sophia University


  • 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

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Research Output 2011 2019

Silent Exits: Post-3.11 Japanese Skilled Migration to Australia

Oishi, N. & Hamada, I., 2019, In : Social Science Japan Journal. 22, 1, p. 109-125 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Men's Unpaid Domestic Work: A Critique of (Re)Doing Gender in Contemporary Japan

Hamada, I., 2017, Family, Work and Wellbeing in Asia. Tsai, M-C. & Chen, W. (eds.). Gateway East Singapore : Springer, Vol. 9. p. 177-191 15 p. ( Quality of Life in Asia ).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Transnational Domestic Masculinity: Japanese Men’s Home Cooking in Australia

Hamada, I., 18 May 2017, The Masculine Hearth: Food, Masculinities and Home . Szabo, M. & Koch, S. (eds.). London UK: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 75-91 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Fitting Japanese cuisine into Australia: im-perfect translations

Hamada, I. & Stevens, C. S., 2014, Internationalising Japan: Discourse and Practice. Breaden, J., Steele, S. & Stevens, C. S. (eds.). 1st ed. Abingdon Oxon UK: Routledge, p. 68-83 16 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

The Japanese Restaurant as an Exotic Genre: A Study of Culinary Providers’ Practices and Dialogues in Melbourne

Hamada, I., Dec 2011, In : New Voices in Japanese Studies. 5, p. 84-102 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review