AOO Ken

Educational background

Ph.D. (Social Science), University of Tsukuba

Key words for education

Social Innovation, Community development, Social issues

Sample courses

Innovation and Entrepreneurships, Service Learning

Features of my courses

I conduct various courses and oversee fieldwork related to social innovation, international development, social entrepreneurships, and community support/research. If you have any ideas for research or practical learning activities, please feel welcome to consult me.

Key words for research

Social Innovation, Well-being, Community study, Multi-sectoral collaboration, Japanese Studies, Asian societies

Key publications and conference presentations

  • Aoo, K. (2019). Social Innovation Scaling Process in East Asia: Bridging the gaps between stakeholders. Okayama: University Education Press.
  • Aoo, K., Abe, N., and Kano, M. (2019). “To Be Supported, or Not to Be: Images of older people in policy and the reality in local communities in Japan”, Frontiers in Sociology. 4(16).
  • Aoo, K. (2019). “Social Innovation in Japan: De facto social innovation and its limitations”, Atlas of Social Innovation –2nd Volume, 115-117, Dortmund: Sozialforschungsstelle.
  • Aoo, K. (2017). Aging Society in Japan: A process of social innovation and the roles of civil society, Korean NPO Review. 16(2), pp. 67-85.

What I like about Discovery

The best thing about learning in the Discovery is the freedom to choose what you learn. For some of us it may be a painful process, but please talk to your fellow students and faculty if you feel uncertain. We are a small and intimate program, and someone –myself included – will be more than happy to help you.