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Reiko Shindo

University Lecturer

About me

I joined Tampere University in 2021 as a University Lecturer in International Relations at the Faculty of Management and Business. Prior to that, I was a Lecturer in International Relations at Coventry University, a Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo. I received my PhD in International Politics from Aberystwyth University. 

Previously, I also worked as a programme advisor at the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan, held a visiting fellow position at the University of Jyväskylä, and was an honorary research fellow at the University of Warwick. I am currently serving as an assistant editor for the journal, Citizenship Studies.  

Fields of expertise

My research cuts across the fields of migration and citizenship studies, security studies, border studies, and international relations. Most of my work derives from a general interest in citizenship and community. In particular, I examine how the ambiguous boundaries of citizenship are transforming conventional meanings of politics and the space of political community. To do so, I explore concepts such as home, belonging, and translation. 

My research has developed around the following three areas: (1) migrant activism; (2) multi/monolingualism and migration; (3) security and language. 

Research topics

Migration, citizenship, community, borders, security, language

Research fields

International Relations, international political sociology, citizenship and migration studies, border studies, security studies

Selected publications

Shindo, R. (2024 in press) 'How Translation Matters to Migration and Citizenship: Key Connections and New Research Areas’. In Brigid Maher, Loredana Polezzi, and Rita Wilson (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Migration, London: Routledge, Chapter 4. 

Shindo, R. (2024) 'Beyond Work: Migrants’ Multiple Relationships with Finnish Language’, Migration-Muuttoliike 50(1), Siirtolaisuusinstituutti (Migration Institute of Finland). 

Shindo, R. et al. (2023) 'Collective Discussion: Movement and Carceral Spatiality in the Pandemic', International Political Sociology 17:3: 1-29. Available at:

Shindo, R. (2022) 'Decolonising the Language of Citizenship', Citizenship Studies 26(4-5, 25th Anniversary Special Issue),650-660. 

Puumala, E. and Shindo, R. (2021) 'Exploring the Links between Language, Everyday Citizenship, and Community', Citizenship Studies 25(6), 739-755. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2021.1968696

Shindo, R. (2021) 'Translators as Mediators of Citizenship: Rethinking Community in Relational Translation', Citizenship Studies 25(6), 843-859. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2021.1968722 

Shindo, R. (2019) Belonging in Translation: Solidarity and Migrant Activism in Japan, Bristol: Policy Press, 208 pages.

Shindo, R. (2019) ‘Home, Sweet Home? Community and the Dilemma of Belonging’, Geopolitics 26(2), 425-443. DOI: 10.1080/14650045.2019.1626829

Shindo, R. (2018) ‘Resistance beyond Sovereign Politics’, Security Dialogue 49(3), 183-199. DOI: 10.1177/0967010617751994

Shindo, R. and Ní Mhurchú, A. (eds) (2016) Critical Imaginations in International Relations, Oxon: Routledge, 282 pages.

Shindo, R. and Ní Mhurchú, A. (2016) ‘Introduction’. In Critical Imaginations in International Relations. Edited by Ní Mhurchú, A., and Shindo, R. Oxon: Routledge, 1-10.

Shindo, R. (2016) ‘Resistance’. In Critical Imaginations in International Relations. Edited by Ní Mhurchú, A., and Shindo, R. Oxon: Routledge, 166-182.

Shindo, R. (2015) ‘Enacting Citizenship in a Post-Disaster Situation: The Response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake’, Citizenship Studies 19 (1), 16-34. DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2015.982965

Shindo, R. (2015) ‘Pretended Citizenship: Resistance within the Il/legal Boundary’, Protosociology 32, 83-105. DOI: 10.5840/protosociology2015325

Shindo, R. (2014) ‘The Category Mismatch and Struggles over Citizenship in Japan’. In Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies. Edited by Isin, E. and Nyers, P. Oxon: Routledge, 376-387.

Shindo, R. (2012) ‘The Hidden Effect of Return Diaspora to Post-conflict Countries: The Case of Policy and Temporary Return to Rwanda’, Third World Quarterly 33(9), 1685-1702. DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2012.721232

Shindo, R. (2012) ‘Rethinking Community and Citizenship: Translation Space as a Departure from Political Community’, International Political Sociology 6(2), 149-164. [Reprinted in 2013, the International Political Sociology Virtual Issue (on-line) ‘Territories, Spaces, Geographies’.] DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-5687.2012.00156.x

Shindo (2009) ‘Struggle for Citizenship: Interaction between Civil Society and Political Society at a Kurd Refugee Protest in Tokyo’, Citizenship Studies 13(3), 219-237. DOI: 10.1080/13621020902850627