- BA in Foreign Language and Studies Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
- MA in Sociology from the University of the South Pacific
- PhD in Sociology from the University of New South Wales, Australia
- Associate Dean Quality and Planning, Faculty of Arts, Law and Education
- Deputy Head, School of Social Sciences
- Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Originally from Japan, Yoko Kanemasu has lived in Fiji for nearly two decades. She is a USP graduate (MA Sociology) and obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2005. She was previously a Research Associate at Cardiff University in Wales, UK, and Lecturer in Social Theory at the University of Worcester in England. But her true passion is working with Pacific island students and undertaking sociological research in the Pacific. She is also a women’s rugby fan/researcher.
Learning and Teaching Interests
Yoko teaches SO200: Modern Social Theory, SO303: Advanced Social Theory, and AL400: Research Methodologies in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She has also previously taught courses in Gender Studies.
She also takes interest in curriculum review as a result of active participation in the University’s Strategic Total Academic Review (STAR) project (2011–2016).
Yoko’s research areas include the politics of representation, identity, gender, sport, migration, and tourism.
- 2016: Recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Research Impact, University of the South Pacific [with Dr. James Johnson, School of Social Sciences]
- 2016: Recipient of Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, University of the South Pacific
- 2014: Recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Prize for the Best Research Output, University of the South Pacific
- Kanemasu, Y. (forthcoming) “Going It Alone and Strong: Athletic Indo-Fijian Women and Everyday Resistance.” In: Molnar, G., Amin, S. and Kanemasu, Y. (eds) Women, Sport and Exercise in the Asia-Pacific Region: Domination-Resistance-Accommodation. London: Routledge.
- Kanemasu, Y. and Johnson, J. (2017) “Exploring the Complexities of Community Attitudes towards Women's Rugby: Multiplicity, Continuity and Change in Fiji’s Hegemonic Rugby Discourse.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport. DOI: 10.1177/1012690217707332.
- Kanemasu, Y and Molnar, G. (2017) "Private Military and Security Labour Migration: the case of Fiji.” International Migration. DOI: 10.1111/imig.12321.
- Kanemasu, Y. and Molnar, G. (2015) “Double-trouble: Negotiating Gender and Sexuality in Post-colonial Women’s Rugby in Fiji.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport. DOI: 10.1177/1012690215602680.
- Horlings, I. and Kanemasu, Y. (2015) “Sustainable Development and Policies in Rural Regions; Insights from the Shetland Islands Land Use Policy.” Land Use Policy, 49: 310–321.
- Kanemasu, Y. (2015) “Fiji Tourism Half a Century on: Tracing the Trajectory of Local Responses.” In: Pratt, S. and Harrison, D. (eds.) Tourism in Pacific Islands: Current Issues and Future Challenges. New York: Routledge, pp. 63–84.
- Kanemasu, Y. and Molnar, G. (2014) “Life after Rugby: Issues of Being an ‘Ex’ in Fiji Rugby.” International Journal of the History of Sport, 31 (11): 1389–1405.
- Molnar, G. and Kanemasu, Y. (2014) “Playing on the global periphery: Social scientific explorations of rugby in the Pacific Islands.” Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science, 3 (3): 175–185.
- Kanemasu, Y. (2013) “Social Construction of Touristic Imagery: Case of Fiji.” Annals of Tourism Research, 43: 456-481.
- Kanemasu, Y. (2013) “A National Pride or a Colonial Construct? Touristic Representation and the Politics of Fijian Identity Construction.” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, 19 (1): 71–89.
- Kanemasu, Y. and Molnar, G. (2013) “Problematising the Dominant: the Emergence of Alternative Cultural Voices in Fiji Rugby.” Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science 2 (1): 14–30.
- Kanemasu, Y. and Molnar, G. (2013) “Collective Identity and Contested Allegiance: A Case of Migrant Professional Fijian Rugby Players.” Sport In Society 16 (7): 863–882.
- Kanemasu, Y. and Molnar, G. (2013) “Pride of the People: Fijian Rugby Labour Migration and Collective Identity.” International Review for the Sociology of Sport 48(6): 720–735.
- Marsden, T., Horlings, I. and Kanemasu, Y. (2012) “Overcoming Short-termism? Building Sustainable Eco-clusters in Rural Devon.” In: S. Sjöblom, K. Andersson, T. Marsden, and S. Skerratt (eds) Sustainability and Short-term Policies: Improving Governance in Spatial Policy Interventions. Pp. 101–126. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.
- Kanemasu, Y. and Horlings, I. (2011) The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind? Development Strategies at Crossroads in Shetland. Working Paper. Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society, Cardiff University.
- Horlings, I. and Kanemasu, Y. (2011) Towards an Eco-Economy? Rural Development and Farm Tourism in Devon (UK). Working Paper. Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society, Cardiff University.
- Kanemasu, Y. (2008) “The Impact of Policy Arrangements.” In: van der Ploeg, J. and Marsden, T. K. (eds) Unfolding Webs: The Dynamics of Regional Rural Development. Assen: Van Gorcum. Pp.211–224
- Kanemasu, Y. (2008) “Weapons of the Workers: Employees in the Fiji Hotel Scene.” In: Connell, J. and Rugendyke, B. (eds) Tourism at the Grassroots. London: Routledge. Pp.114–130.
- Morgan, K., Bastia, T. and Kanemasu, Y. (2007) Home Grown: The New Era of School Feeding. Report submitted to the World Food Programme in October 2007.
- Kanemasu, Y., Rakuita, T. and Koster, V. (2005) Negotiating Cultural Identity in the Age of ICT: A Case Study of Fijian Immigrants in Brisbane, Australia. Monograph series no.6. ICT Capacity Building at USP Project. Suva, Fiji: University of the South Pacific.