Momoyo Hüstebeck


► Short CV

Dr. Momoyo Hüstebeck is a postdoctoral research fellow at the IN-EAST and the principal investigator for the BMBF-funded research project over the impact of deliberations on Japanese and German democracies. Her current research project combines theories of deliberative and participatory democracy with qualitative empirical case studies of implementing deliberations for understanding their effects on democratic challenges. Her previous research projects have focused on decentralization, local governments, citizen participation, state-citizen relationships, democratic innovations and political representation of women in Japan and South Korea. To date, she has held research positions as a doctoral research fellow at the IN-EAST (2003–2006), as a postdoctoral research group leader at the IN-EAST School of Advanced Studies (2013–2018) of the University of Duisburg-Essen and as a postdoctoral research fellow in the IGK Formwandel der Bürgergesellschaft (2011–2012), an international graduate program on Japanese and German civil society cohosted by the MLU Halle-Wittenberg and the University of Tokyo. During her frequent fieldwork stays in Japan, she was a visiting fellow at the German Institute of Japanese Studies (DIJ) and Waseda University in Tokyo.

Dr. Momoyo Hüstebeck holds a PhD in Political Science (Dr. rer. pol.) from the University of Duisburg-Essen where her research focused on local autonomy and participation in Japanese municipalities after the decentralization reforms starting from 2000. Her doctoral research was funded by stipends from Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e.V., the German Institute of Japanese Studies and the JaDe-Stiftung. Her book, Dezentralisierung in Japan: Politische Autonomie und Partizipation auf Gemeindeebene, was published at Springer VS Publ. in 2011. She also holds an MA degree (Magister Artium) in Japanese Studies, Political Science and Comparative Studies of Religions from the University of Bonn.


► Latest Publication

Momoyo Hüstebeck (2020): Die Bürgerbeteiligung an deliberativen Entscheidungsverfahren in Japan: Kommunale Planungszellen und die erste nationale Deliberative Poll. East Asia Today Working Paper Series No. 10, Heidelberg University, Institute of Chinese Studies.

► Research Interests
  • Deliberation
  • Democratic innovations
  • Political participation, civil society and state-citizens relationships
  • Local governance
  • Decentralization
  • Political representation of women
  • Area focus: Japan, Germany and South Korea

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