Dr Pia Maria Jolliffe

Fellow, Member, Las Casas Institute

Dr Pia Maria Jolliffe holds a DPhil in International Development from Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, a DESS in Asian Studies from the University of Geneva and a Master’s in Japanese Studies from the University of Vienna. She was appointed a Research Fellow of Blackfriars Hall and member of the Las Casas Institute in February 2016. Pia is also a Research and Teaching Associate at The Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies as well as an Old Member and a Continuing Member at Linacre College, University of Oxford.



  • 2018 Southeast Asian Education in Modern History: Schools, Manipulation, and Contest. London: Routledge (co-editor Thomas Richard Bruce)
  • 2018 Prisons and Forced Labour in Japan. The Colonization of Hokkaido, 1881-1894. London: Routledge.
  • 2016 Learning, Migration and Intergenerational Relations. The Karen and the Gift of Education. London: Palgrave Macmillian.
  • 2016 Gefängnisse und Zwangsarbeit auf der japanischen Nordinsel Hokkaido. Vienna: LIT Verlag.

Academic articles

  • 2018 ‘Wirtschaftliche Tätigkeiten und soziale Wahrnehmungen der Natur im Kontext der Kolonialisierung von Ezo/Hokkaid?’ (Economic activities and social perceptions of nature within the context of the colonization of Ezo/Hokkaido) Minikomi – Informationen des Akademischen Arbeitskreises Japan Nr 87, 45-52.
  • 2018 ”Honouring the elders: The common good among Karen communities – a multi-sited ethnography” The Australian Journal of Anthropology 29/2, 158-170 (co-author Shirley Worland)
  • 2017 ‘Thomas Linacre – Humanist, Scholar, Physician and Priest’ Catholic Medical Quarterly 67/3, 17-18.
  • 2017 ‘Karen youth transitions at the Thai-Myanmar border’ Journal of Youth Studies 20/10, 1313-1327.
  • 2017 ‘Book Review- Researching the Lifecourse: Critical Reflections from the Social Sciences edited by Nancy Worth and Irene Hardill’ Journal of Population Ageing 10/1, 101-104
  • 2016 ‘Intergenerational relations and rural development among the Karen in Northern Thailand’ International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries, 1 / 2, 143-157
  • 2016 ‘Night-time and refugees. Evidence from the Thai-Myanmar border’ Journal of Refugee Studies 29/1, 1-18.
  • 2007 ‘Into the jungle of bureaucracy: negotiating access to camps at the Thai-Burma border’, Refugee Survey Quarterly, 26/3, 51-60.
  • 2005 ‘Blurring the boundaries: prisons and settler society in Hokkaido’, International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter 39, 8.
  • 2003 ‘Translating Academic Research to the Public’, Anthropology News 44/3, 22-23. (co-author Brigitte Steger)
  • 2003 ‘Über hikikomori sprechen. Unterschiedliche Darstellungsweisen im öffentlichen Diskurs’ Minikomi – Informationen des akademischen Arbeitskreises Japan 66, 28-34.
  • 2002 ‘J?k?-san, tan?k? und maik?. Zur Wechselwirkung von Technologie und geschlechtlich segregiertem Arbeitsmarkt in Japan’ Minikomi Informationen des akademischen Arbeitskreises Japan 65, 13-18.
  • 2001 ‘One Team. One Scarf. One Neck? Strategischer Körpereinsatz bei der Tokyo Motor Show’ Minikomi – Informationen des akademischen Arbeitskreises Japan 62, 35-38 (co-author Sigrid Willibald)

Book chapters

  • 2008 ‘Child Migration tot he UK. Hopes and Realities’, in Ben Ryan (ed) Fortress Britain? Ethical Approaches to Immigration Policy for a Post-Brexit Britain, London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 134-153 (co-author Samuel Burke OP)
  • 2008 ‘Sleeping as a Refuge? Embodied Vulnerability and Corporeal Security during Refugees’ Sleep at the Thai-Burma Border’, in Lodewijk Brunt and Brigitte Steger (eds) Worlds of Sleep, Berlin: Frank and Timme, 193- 210.

Working papers

  • 2017  ‘Participatory research methods with children and adolescents of the Karen people in the highlands of Chiang Mai – a research report’ The Vienna Psychoanalyst https://www.theviennapsychoanalyst.at/ (22 March 2017)
  • 2009 Conceptualising and Measuring Children’s Time Use: A Technical Review for Young Lives, Young Lives Technical Note 14, Oxford: Young Lives. (with Virginia Morrow and Martin Woodhead)
  • 2008 Early Childhood Transitions Research: A Review of Concepts, Theory, and Practice, Working Papers in Early Childhood Development 48, The Netherlands: Bernard van Leer Foundation. (with Gina Crivello and Martin Woodhead)
  • 2006 In the absence of the humanitarian gaze: refugee camps after dark, New Issues in Refugee Research, Policy Development and Evaluation Service, Geneva: UNHCR (Research Paper; 137)

Email: pia.jolliffe@bfriars.ox.ac.uk