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Komatsu Taro

NameKomatsu Taro
AffiliationSophia University
SectionFaculty of Human Sciences, Department of Education,
Job titleProfessor
DegreeBA in Comparative Culture (Major: Politics and International Relations)(Sophia University), Diploma in Development Studies(Institute of Developing Economies (IDEAS)), Social Policy and Planning(London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)), Ph.D. in Education Policy and Administration(University of Minnesota)
Research funding number20363343
J-Global ID200901050495318830


My research interests focus on education policy, governance and practices in developing nations and conflict-affected societies; education and social cohesion/peace-building; education system convergence and divergence in the global era; and citizenship education in multicultural societies. My research questions are often informed by my own field experiences as an aid practitioner in several country contexts, including fragile ones such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Bosnia & Herzegovina. As an academia in the field of education and international development, I continue engaged in the improvement of practices by working with aid agencies (UN, governmental, NGOs and private ones). More recently, I have been working with a NGO supporting refugee education in the Middle East, and assisting them with their program evaluation design, execution and interpretation of the results. I am also active in research and training in Education in Emergencies (EiE). At University, I teach education and international development, sociology of education, and social science research design at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Research Interests

International Educational Development ,International Educational Cooperation ,Education Policy ,School Management ,Education Governance ,Developing Nations ,Post-conflict Society ,Peacebuilding ,Social Cohesion ,Education in Emergencies ,Comparative Education ,ESD ,Citizenship Education ,Program Evaluation ,Mixed methods ,New Institutionalism

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences / Education - general / Education and International Development, Comparative and International Education

Research History

Apr 2023
Sophia University Graduate Program in Education, English Program Coordinator 
Jul 2022
Sophia Institute of Human Security  Researcher 
Apr 2022
Unit Head, Sophia University Center for Liberal Arts Education and Learning, Developing Knowledge & Exploration Unit   
Apr 2022
Deputy Director, Sophia University Center for Liberal Arts Education   
Apr 2013
Sophia University,  Professor 


Komatsu, T   
International Education   30    2024   [Refereed][Invited]
Taro Komatsu   Kaoru Ghalawinji-Yamamoto   Yukari Iwama   Sayo Hattori   
International Journal of Comparative Education and Development   26(1) 1-16   Nov 2023   [Refereed]

The purpose of this paper is to explore how vulnerable refugee children's education can be supported in the first asylum country during a long-term, complex crisis. More specifically, the authors examine the impact of a remedial education...
『人間と教育』民主教育研究所   (115) 62-69   Sep 2022   [Invited]
『教職研修』巻頭特別企画「戦争の時代の教育」   (598) 6-7   Jun 2022   [Invited]
Komatsu, T   Matsukura, S   
ESD Studies   第5号 19-29   2022   [Refereed]


T. Komatsu   
Education in Emergencies and Protracted Crises (EiEPC) E-news   (1)    Apr 2022   [Invited]
Taro Komatsu   
Bulletin, school education boards      Mar 2020
日本経済新聞朝刊      Jun 2017
Taro Komatsu   
Comparative Education Research   55    Jun 2017   

Books and Other Publications

T. Komatsu(Part:Sole author,
Springer   23 Jan 2024   (ISBN:9789819965199)
T. Komatsu(Part:Sole author)
In A. W. Wiseman, C. Matherly, M. Crumley-Effinger (Eds.), Internationalization and imprints of the pandemic on higher education worldwide, International Perspectives on Education and Society 44. Emerald Publishing   Jun 2023   (ISBN:9781837535613)
Taro Komatsu(Part:Sole author)
Sophia University Press   Mar 2023   (ISBN:9784324112663)
日本教育学会 国際交流委員会(著)、‎ 教育開発研究所   May 2022   
Taro Komatsu
In M. Nishimura (Ed.), Community participation with schools in developing countries: Towards equitable and inclusive basic education for all. New York & Oxon: Routledge.   1 Dec 2019   (ISBN:9780429057472)   


Taro Komatsu   
Japan Society of Humanitarian Actions, University of Tokyo   13 Feb 2024   
Taro Komatsu   
Comparative Education Society of Asia (CESA), Hiroshima   26 Nov 2023   
Taro Komatsu   
Japan Society of International Development, Akita International University   10 Jun 2023   
T. Komatsu   
International Symposium “Connecting the world through Japanese language education,” Association of Japanese Language Education in Taiwan and Fu Jen Catholic University   19 Nov 2022   [Invited]

Teaching Experience

Apr 2013
Education and International Development (Sophia University)

Professional Memberships

Jan 2024
Japan Society for Humanitarian Actions
Japan Society of International Development
Japan Comparative Education Society
Comparative and International Education Society

Social Activities

[Planner,Organizing member]
Sophia University 13 Apr 2023 - Today
World Vision Japan 1 Apr 2023 - Today
外務省・日本国際協力センター(JICE)、@上智大学 5 Nov 2018 - Today
Japan Platform (JPF) 2018 - Today