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Sayaka Oki


University of Tokyo, Japan

Involvement at the ISC

  • Member of the Standing Committee for Freedom and Responsibility in Science (2022-2025)


Sayaka Oki is a historian of science and technology and professor at the University of Tokyo in Japan since 2022. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo, after having finished the D.E.A course (equivalent to master level) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France. She is an Expert Group member on the Promotion of Research Integrity of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology since 2020 and an associate member of the Science Council of Japan since 2014. She received several awards including Japan Academy Medal in 2013 and Top Leader Award for Women Researchers at the Nagoya University in 2020.

Her main research interests concern the intellectual history of academic freedom and the socio-economic history of academic institutions of science in Europe. Recently she enlarged her scope of study to the influence of today’s innovation policy on the academic autonomy. She has published numerous books and articles in English, Japanese and French. The inclusion of minorities’ view in the academic fields is also one of her concerns and she became one of the pioneers who conducted the research on the academic environment of LGBTQ+ people.

This page has been updated in May 2024.

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