Helena Hof

Helena Hof, Dr.

Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer Social Science of Japan

Phone: +41 44 634 40 91

Room number: ZUB 4-420


Office hours upon appointment.

Research Interests

  • International migration and mobility
  • Gender
  • Labour market
  • Cities and metropolitan diversity

Education and professional experience

02/2020  Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich
2018 – 2019 Research Associate/Postdoctoral Fellow, Waseda Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies and Institute of Asian Migrations, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
2019 Lecturer, Graduate School of Global Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
2015 – 2019 PhD in International Studies, sociological/regional focus on East and Southeast Asia
2015 – 2018 Research and Teaching Assistant, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
2013 – 2015 Master of Arts in International Relations, sociological/regional focus on East and Southeast Asia, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
2013 – 2014 Teaching Assistant in the International Study Program, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
2012 Trainee in the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Japan, Tokyo
2010 – 2011 Study abroad (during BA program) at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
2008 – 2012 Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, major: sociology of East and Southeast Asia, University of Bonn, Germany




‘Mobility as a Way of Life: European Millennials’ Labour Migration to Asian Global Cities.’ Waseda Universität, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies.

Journal articles


Hof, Helena. Opting Out for Getting In: Existential Mobility in  European Graduates’ Migration to Asia.' Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. DOI: 10.1080/15562948.2020.1755761.

‘Locally Embedded Cosmopolitans? European Millennials’ Boundary Work in Singapore and Tokyo’ In Contemporary European Emigration, Brigitte Suter und Lisa Åkesson (eds). Routledge: pp. 39-57.


‘The Eurostars Go Global: Young Europeans’ Migration to Asia for Distinction and Alternative Life Paths.’ Mobilities. DOI: 10.1080/17450101.2019.1643164.

Hof, Helena und Gracia Liu-Farrer. ‘Gender, Labour and Migration in Japan.’ In The Routledge Companion to Gender and Japanese Culture, Mark Pendleton, Jennifer Coates und Lucy Fraser (eds). Routledge: pp. 189-98.


‘‘Worklife Pathways’ to Singapore and Japan: Gender and Racial dynamics in Europeans` Mobility to Asia’, Social Science Japan Journal, Special Issue Winter 2018, 21 (1): 45-65.

Liu-Farrer, Gracia und Helena Hof. 2018. ‘Ōtebyō: the Problems of Japanese Firms and the Problematic Elite Aspirations.’ Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (Waseda), 34: 65-84.

Book review


Book review of `Migration, Whiteness, and Cosmopolitanism: Europeans in Japan`, Milos Debnar. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, XI+235 pp., 89.99€ (ISBN 978-1-13756526-6). Social Science Japan Journal 20(2): 235-38.