Office hours upon appointment.
Table of contents
- International migration and mobility
- Labour markets
- Cities and metropolitan diversity
|Since 03/2021||QuaMaFa (Qualification and Skill in the Migration Process of Foreign Workers in Asia) is a four-year collaborative project looking into different aspects of qualifications and skills in the process of migration.|
NODE – New and Old Diversity Exchange NODE – New and Old Diversity Exchange.
Education and professional experience
|02/2020||Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer, Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies, University of Zurich|
|Since 03/2021||Research Fellow, Socio-Cultural Department, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (GER) [part-time]|
|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 (BA) at Keio University, Tokyo, Japan|
|2008 – 2012||Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies, major: sociology of East and Southeast Asia, University of Bonn, Germany|
The EU Migrant Generation in Asia: Middle-Class Aspirations in Asian Global Cities. In press (publication date Dec. 2022). Bristol University Press, Global Migration and Social Change Series
Hof, Helena, Simon Pemberton and Emilia Pietka-Nykaza. 2021. 'EU migrant retention and the temporalities of migrant staying: A new conceptual framework.' Comparative Migration Studies. 10.1186/s40878-021-00225-5 Watch Youtube trailer here.
Hof, Helena and Yen-Fen Tseng. 2020. 'When “global talents” struggle to become local workers: The new face of skilled migration to corporate Japan.' Asia and Pacific Migration Journal 29 (4): 511-531. DOI: 10.1177/0117196820984088
Hof, Helena. 2020. 'Intersections of Race and Skills in European Migration to Asia: Between White Cultural Capital and ‘Passive Whiteness’. Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1822535
Hof, Helena. 2020. 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
Hof, Helena. 2020. ‘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.
Hof. Helena. 2019. ‘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. 2019. ‘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.
Hof, Helena. 2018. ‘‘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.
Hof, Helena. 2019. ‘Mobility as a Way of Life: European Millennials’ Labour Migration to Asian Global Cities.’ Waseda Universität, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies.
Hof, Helena. 2022. Book review of “Transnational Musicians. Precariousness, Ethnicity and Gender in the Creative Industry” (Beata M. Kowalczyk, 2020, Routledge). Intersections, 47 (July 2022)
Hof, Helena. 2022. Book review of “Studying Japan: Handbook of Research Designs, Fieldwork and Methods” (eds. Nora Kottmann and Cornelia Reiher, 2020, Nomos). Social Science Japan Journal.
Book review of Expatriate Managers: The Paradoxes of Living and Working Abroad, Anna Spiegel, Ursula Mense-Petermann and Bastian Bredekötter (2019). Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration, 2020, 4(2): 275-277.
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, 2017, 20(2): 235-38.
Hof, Helena. 2022. ‘How COVID-19 changed migration (research): Constrained research practices, constrained migrant subjects.’ Blog post of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, 3 June (https://www.mmg.mpg.de/940281/blog-hof-how-covid-19-changed-migration).
Organization of Academic Events
Graduate Student Workshop Zurich, Convenor (with Nora Gilgen and Chiara Fusari)
Graduate Student Workshop Facing Methodological Challenges in Asian Studies. Online. November 19, 2020. Covenor (with Nora Gilgen and Fynn Holm)
International Conference The Question of Skills in Cross-border Labor Mobility, Waseda University, Tokyo, September 20–21, 2018. Co-convenor (with Brenda Yeoh, Michiel Baas and Gracia Liu-Farrer)
Scientific Reviewing Activities
Grants, Awards and Honors
|2019 – 2023||Early-Career Scientists Award, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Principal Investigator, Project title: “Tokyo's attractiveness for global talent: a comparative study of Tokyo, Singapore, and Sao Paulo”
|09/2020||Graduate Campus University of Zurich GRC Short Grant for the Graduate Student Workshop Facing Methodological Challenges in Asian Studies (with Nora Gilgen and Fynn Holm)|
|2017||Haraguchi Memorial Asia Research Fund, Waseda University|
|2015||Haraguchi Memorial Asia Research Fund, Waseda University|
|09/2015||Valedictorian MA Program, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University|
|2014||Highest Honors List of the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University|
|2013 – 2018||Future Leader’s Program for Regional Governance and Cooperation in Asia|
|2009 – 2012||NRW-Stipendium (scholarship of the Federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany)|
Academic Advisor for the Master of Arts in Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (MAMES)
Leader of the Collaborative Research Group for Doctoral Students in Social Sciences
Memberships in Academic Associations
European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS)
German Association for Social Science Research on Japan (VSJF)
International Migration Research Network (IMISCOE)
International Sociological Association (ISA):
- RC30 - Sociology of Work
- RC31 - Sociology of Migration
- RC32 - Women, Gender, and Society
Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE)