TANAKA Masako is a development practitioner and a certified social worker engaged in various civil society activities both in Nepal and in Japan more than two decades.
She obtained a Master of Arts in Gender Analysis in Development from University of East Anglia in the UK and a Ph.D. in Development Studies from Nihon Fukushi University in Japan.
As a Professor in Faculty of Global Studies at Sophia University, she teaches South Asian Regional Studies, International Cooperation, and Gender and Development.
Her main works focus on roles of different actors in development aid and citizen’s movements.
Her current research areas include a case study of evolutional process of a trafficking survivors’ organization in Nepal and migration studies particularly on roles of migrants’ organization during the integration process of migrants and reproductive health of migrant women in Japan.
“Self-help Organisations as Interfaces for the Integration of Nepali Migrants: A Case Study in Ota and Oizumi, Gunma Prefecture, Japan,” Juliawan, Benny Hari, SJ, ed. Settling Down: The Struggles of Migrant Workers to Adapt, Yogyakarta:PENERBIT PT KANISIUS and The Jesuit conference of Asia Pacific, 2017. pp5-41.
"A Women's NGO as an Incubator: Promoting Identity-Based Associations in Civil Society of Nepal", Schwabenland. C., Lange. C., Onyx, J. and Nakagawa, S. eds. Women's Emancipation and Civil Society Organisations: Challenging or Supporting the Status Quo?, Bristol: Policy Press, 2016. pp.185-207.
“Changing Relationships between Rights Holders and Others in Inclusive Aid: A Case Study of Partnerships between NGOs and Identity-Based Associations in Nepal,” Journal of Contemporary India Studies: Space and Society, Vol. 5, Hiroshima University, 2015. pp 31-38.
“Balancing between Politics and Development: The Multiple Roles Played by Indigenous People’s Organisations in Nepal,” Vol. 7(1), History and Sociology of South Asia, Jamia Milla Islamia, New Delhi: SAGE Publications. 2013. pp.61-78.
"The changing roles of NGOs in Nepal: Promoting emerging rights-holder organizations for inclusive aid," Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, Vol 22(3), International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) and The John’s Hopkins University, Springer, 2011. pp497-517.
"A Study on Social Exclusion in Urban Nepal: A Case Study on Inter-case/Ethnic Relationship between Non-Newar Tenants and Newar House Owners in Kathamandu", Environment and Urbanization Asia, Vol. 1 (2), 2010. pp187-208.
“From Confrontation to collaboration: a decade in the work of the squatters’ movement in Nepal,”Environment & Urbanization, Vol. 21(1), International Institute for Environment and Development. 2009. Pp143-159.