Kweku Ampiah


I have a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford and completed my undergraduate degree at the International Christian University in Japan.


  • Programme Manager for Asia Pacific Studies

Research interests

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 Japan’s development assistance and its relevance to Japanese Official Development Assistance. The role of the private sector in Japanese development assistance informs my interest in 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 role of the Japanese private sector in the Japanese government’s development assistance to Ghana in the early 1960s. 

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Student education

I teach BA and MA 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), Japan in the Discourse of International Development (MA). I also supervise PhD students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Japanese
  • Politics

Current postgraduate researchers

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