- Position: Professor of Asia and Africa Studies
- Areas of expertise: I am a Political Economist with an interest in the rule of society over wealth, instead of the other way round. My area of specialisation is Japan. This includes Japanese development assistance.
- Email: K.Ampiah@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 4605
I have a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford and completed my undergraduate degree at the International Christian University in Japan.
My research interests are in Japanese Politics, Japanese Diplomacy in the 1950s, and the discourse regarding Japan’s International Relations. WIthin that I am interested in the history of Japanese development assistance and its relevance to the principles of Japan’s Official Development Assistance. The roles of the economic ministries and the Japanese private sector in Japan’s’economic cooperation’ informs my research interest in the evolution of Japanese ODA.
My current research is on Japanese development assistance to Africa in the context of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). I am also investigating the roles of the Ministry of International Trade and Industries (MITI) and the Japanese private sector in arrangements for economic cooperation between the Government of Japan and the Government of Ghana in the early 1960s.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
I teach BA modules; these include Modern Japanese History (BA), Japanese Development Assistance in a Globalising World (BA), Japanese Diplomacy and Foreign Policy in Historical Context (BA), China and the Developing World (MA). I also supervise PGR students.
Research groups and institutes
- Asia Pacific Studies
- East Asian Studies