Dr. Naohiro Nakamura - Geography

Dr. Naohiro Nakamura

Contact Information

Email: nakamura_n(at)usp.ac.fj
Phone: +679 323 2542
Office: Room 15, SGESE Building, Marine Campus

Research interests

Naohiro Nakamura joined the University of the South Pacific as a Lecturer in February 2014, after having taught at four universities in Canada. His research interests are in social and cultural geography and, in particular, in Indigenous cultural representation, Indigenous rights, the protection of Indigenous cultural heritage in development and Indigenous research methods. He has conducted research in an Ainu community in Nibutani, Hokkaido, Japan, and in the city of Brantford, near the Six Nations Reserve, Ontario, Canada. Funded by USP’s Research Office, he is now conducting comparative research on mitigation mechanisms and the use of Indigenous knowledge for recovering processes after cyclone Winston among four remote communities in Fiji.

Student supervision

PhD students

Poonam Pritika Devi (A critical examination of squatter upgrading plans in Fiji; May 2016 - )

Master’s students

Jovesa Tagivakatini (Traditional knowledge to mitigate the impact of natural disasters: Comparative studies of two communities in Fiji after Cyclone Winston, Fiji; July 2016 - )

Turang Teuea (The drivers and motivations for community-based marine conservation in Kiribati; September 2016 - )

Interested candidates are invited to contact him together with a brief statement of research interest.  

Selected publications

Nakamura, N. 2017. Cultural affiliation is not enough: The repatriation of Ainu human remains. Polar Record, online early version DOI: 10.1017/S0032247416000905

Nakamura, N. 2017. Problems in the repatriation of Ainu human remains: A comparison between Japan and the United States of America. Hokkaido Journal of Ethnology 13: 15-24. In Japanese

Nakamura, N. 2016. A critical analysis of Indigenous rights and Indigeneity: A perspective from Fiji.Hokkaido Journal of Ethnology 12: 1-14. In Japanese  

Nakamura, N. 2015. Being Indigenous in a non-Indigenous environment: identity politics of the Dogai Ainu and new Indigenous policies of Japan. Environment and Planning A 47(3): 660-675.

Nakamura, N. 2015. What is a community’s desire? A critical look at participatory research projects with Indigenous communities. Social and Cultural Geography 16(2): 165-182.

Nakamura, N. 2015. The 2010 socioeconomic survey on the Hokkaido-gai Ainu” and issues in conducting social surveys on the Ainu and implementing Ainu policies. Hokkaido Journal of Ethnology 11: 1-14. In Japanese

Nakamura, N. 2014. Indigenous cultural self-representation and its internal critiques: A case study of the Woodland Cultural Centre, Canada. Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education 8(3): 145-154.

Nakamura, N. 2014. A comparative analysis of the articles on the final report of the “Advisory Council for Future Ainu Policy”. Hokkaido Journal of Ethnology 10: 67-76. In Japanese

Nakamura, N. 2014. Realising Ainu Indigenous rights: A commentary on Hiroshi Maruyama’s ‘Japan’s post-war Ainu policy. Why the Japanese Government has not recognised Ainu indigenous rights?’ Polar Record 50(2): 209–211.

Nakamura, N. 2013. Towards a culturally sustainable environmental impact assessment (EIA): The protection of Ainu cultural heritage in the Saru River Cultural Impact Assessment, Japan.Geographical Research 51(1): 26-36.

Nakamura, N. 2013. Including Aboriginal art in the exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada, and its implications to the art history of Hokkaido. Hokkaido Journal of Ethnology 9: 44-54. In Japanese

Nakamura, N. 2012. The Representation of First Nations art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.International Journal of Canadian Studies 45-46: 415-440.

Nakamura, N. 2011. Cultural cepresentation of the Iroquois at the Woodland Cultural Centre, Canada. Hokkaido Journal of Ethnology 7: 26-36. In Japanese

Nakamura, N. 2010. Indigenous methodologies: Suggestions for junior researchers. Geographical Research 48(1): 97–103. (One of the top 5 Geographical Research articles accessed online as of 17 September 2010)

Nakamura, N. 2010. The process of decision-making in planning special exhibitions of Ainu culture in Japanese museums. Hokkaido Journal of Ethnology 6: 1-15. In Japanese

Nakamura, N. 2009. Gendai no Ainu Bunka toha: Nibutani Ainu Hakubutsukan no Torikumi (What is Contemporary Ainu Culture? A case study of the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum).  Tokyo :  Tokyo  Tosho Shuppan-kai. In Japanese. ISBN-13: 978-4862233288

Nakamura, N. 2008. An ‘effective’ involvement of Indigenous people in environmental impact assessment: The cultural impact assessment of the Saru River Region, Japan. Australian Geographer 39(4): 427-444.

Nakamura, N. 2008. Managing the Cultural Promotion of Indigenous People in a Community-based Museum: The Ainu Culture Cluster Project at the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum, Japan. In The Indigenous Culture Across the Globe, Mannar Indira Srinivasan and Sanghamitra Patnaik eds, 139-169,  Hyderabad : Icfai University Press.

 Nakamura, N. 2007. Managing the cultural promotion of Indigenous people in a community-based museum: The Ainu Culture Cluster Project at the Nibutani Ainu Culture Museum, Japan. Museum and Society 5(3): 148-167.

Nakamura, N. 2007. The representation of Ainu culture in the Japanese museum system. Canadian Journal of Native Studies 27(2): 327-361.

Nakamura, N. and Ishikawa, Y. 2005. Liaw, K.-L.: Major Theoretical Perspectives on Elderly Migration, translated into Japanese, in Ishikawa, Y. ed., Ajia taiheiyo chiiki no jinkoido(Migration in Asia and Pacific Region), 57-95, Tokyo: Akashi-shoten.

Nakamura, N. 2000. Weakening movement for restoring the Northern Territories by former islanders and their descendants, Japanese Journal of Human Geography 52(5): 90-106. In Japanese with English abstract

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