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Julian Dierkes


Associate Professor and Keidanren Chair in Japanese Research, Institute of Asian Research
Graduate Advisor, MA Asia Pacific Policy Studies, Institute of Asian Research
Co-ordinator, Program on Inner Asia
Faculty Associate, Institute of European Studies
Associate Member, Department of Sociology

Office: 271 Choi Bldg. Mailing Address:
Tel: (604) 822-6237 Institute of Asian Research
Email: j(dot)dierkes(at)ubc(dot)ca 1855 West Mall
Webpagewww.sociolog.com/jdierkes/ University of British Columbia
Twitter: jdierkes  Vancouver BC V6T 1Z2

Research Interests

Comparative Political Sociology and Sociology of Education

  • Supplementary Education, esp. in Japan (学習塾)
  • Japanese and German History Education
  • Education in Mongolia

Economic Sociology and Organizational Behaviour

  • Natural Resource Regulation and Economic Development
  • Mining Regulation, esp. in Mongolia

Communicating Policy

  • Digital Diplomacy
  • Communicating Results of Academic Research

Teaching (Asia Pacific Policy Studies)

Graduate Supervision

Julian Dierkes welcomes the opportunity to work with graduate students interested in topics related to contemporary Japan and Mongolia. He would be particularly glad to be involved in graduate theses on the sociology of education, esp. private and supplementary education, or the privatization of education in Asia, Europe and North America; natural resources policies, esp. in the mining sector; and on the construction of markets in developed and developing countries. Future funded projects will most likely focus on supplementary education, raising the possibility of funding for graduate students with an interest in this area.


Asia Pacific Memos

"Women Part of a Major Turnover in Mongolian Parliament" (with Brandon Miliate) July 3 2012

"Mongolian Election: Bumpy Road, But Heading in the Right Direction" (with Mendee Jargalsaikhan) June 7 2012

"Livelihood Clashes in Inner Mongolia and Mongolia" (with Mendee Jargalsaikhan and Dalaibuyan Byambajav) June 9, 2011

"Current Convulsions in Mongolia’s Political Party Landscape" February 1, 2011

"Misinterpreting Globalization in the Context of Japanese Education Policy" (with Justin Elavathil and Takehiko Kariya) December 2, 2010.

"65 Years after the Asia Pacific War: The End of History Politics?" August 26, 2010.

"Is South Korea's Hyper-Education System the Future?" July 13, 2010.


Selected Publications

"Mongolian Empire 2.0? A World Conquered by Online Freedom" (with Trevor Kennedy, Melanie Schweiger, Christina Toepell) The Diplomat May 14, 2015.

"Mongolia's Unexpected 2014". East Asia Forum, January 7, 2015.

"Time for a Blueprint for Canadian Digital Diplomacy" (with Grégoire Legault). OpenCanada.org, April 17, 2014.

"How Japan Could Truly Benefit from the 2020 Olympics" (with Nanami Akimoto). The Diplomat, March 23, 2014.

"Japan's Mongolian Connection in North Korea" (with Otgonbaatar Byambaa).  East Asia Forum, November 5, 2013.

"Canada, Mongolia, and the Diplomacy of Knowlesdge". OpenCanada.org, October 30, 2013.

"Mongolia's Evolving Foreign Investment Regime". East Asia Forum, January 9 2013.

Change in Democratic Mongolia - Social Relations, Health, Mobile Pastoralism, and Mining (editor). Leiden: Brill, 2012.

"Conflict in the World Polity - Neo-Institutional Perspectives" (with Matthias König). Acta Sociologica. 54 (1): 5-25, 2011.

"Supplementary Education in Asia" (co-edited with Mark Bray) in The Newsletter, International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden, The Netherlands: Spring 2011.

"Mongolia's 'Third Neighbour' Policy and Its Impact on Foreign Investment". East Asia Forum, February 15, 2011.

Guilty Lessons? Postwar History Education in Japan and the Germanys. London: Routledge, 2010.

"Expanding Canada-Mongolia Relations: Resource-Based Democracies in Collaboration". Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada: Canada-Asia Agenda, Issue 7 (April 2010).

"Teaching in the Shadow - Operators of Small Shadow Education Institutions in Japan". 2010. Asia Pacific Education Review. 10 (1): 25-35.

"Das japanische Privatschulwesen - Bildungspolitische Lückenbüßer und Marktlücke" [Japanese Private Schools - Educational Policy Stop Gap and Market Niche]. 2009. Zeitschrift für Pädagogik [German Educational Research Journal], No. 5: 732-746.

"Japanese Shadow Education: The Consequences of School Choice" in Forsey, Davies & Walford, eds. The Globalisation of School Choice?. Oxford: Symposium Books, 2008: 231-248.

"The Trajectory of Reconciliation through History Education in Postunification Germany" in Cole, ed. Teaching the Violent Past: History Education and Reconciliation. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2007: 31-50.

with Dirk Zorn, Frank Dobbin, and Man-Shan Kwok "The New New Firm". Nordiske Organisasjons-Studier [Nordic Organization Studies]. Vol. 3 (2006): 41-68.

Guest editor with Kathryn Ibata-Arens and Dirk Zorn "Special Issue on the Embedded Enterprise". Enterprise & Society: The International Business History Journal. Vol. 7, No. 1 (March 2006).

with Mayumi Saegusa "Integrating Alternative Dispute Resolution into Japanese Legal Education". Journal of Japanese Law. Vol. 10, No. 20 (2005): 101-114.

with Dirk Zorn "Soziologischer Neo-Institutionalismus" [Sociological Neo-Institutionalism] in D. Kaesler (ed.) Aktuelle Theorien der Soziologie [Current Theories in Sociology]. Munich: CH Beck, 2005: 313-31.

"The Stability of Postwar Japanese History Education Amid Global Changes" in E. Vickers and A. Jones (eds.) History Education and National Identity in East Asia. London: Routledge, 2005: 255-74.

"The Decline and Rise of the Nation in German History Education" in H. Schissler and Y. Soysal (eds.) The Nation, Europe and the World: Textbooks and Curricula in Transition. New York: Berghahn Books, 2004: 82-103.

with Dirk Zorn, Frank Dobbin and Man-shan Kwok "Managing Investors: How Financial Markets Reshaped the American Firm" in K. Knorr Cetina and A. Preda (eds.) The Sociology of Financial Markets. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004: 269-89.

with Daniel Levy "Institutionalizing the Past: Shifting Memories of Nationhood in Japan and Germany" in Jan-Werner Müller (ed.) Memory and Power in Post-War Europe: Studies in the Presence of the Past. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

"Absence, Déclin ou Essor de la Nation: Manuels d'Histoire D'Après-Guerre au Japon, et dans le deux Allemagnes" [The Absence, Decline and Rise of the Nation: History Textbooks in Postwar Japan and the Germanys]. Genèses - Sciences Sociales et Histoire, 44 (Sept. 2001): 30-49.

Last updated: July 2014

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