Sarah Frances Strugnell has been at the Australia-Japan Research Centre since 2018. She is currently heavily involved in the ‘Reimagining the Japan Relationship’ project at the AJRC, as well as the general day-to-day activities of the research centre. Sarah is passionate about promoting academic exchange and developing the next generation of leaders committed to the Asia-Pacific region.
Sarah graduated from the Double Master of Public Policy Program between the Australian National University and the University of Tokyo in 2020. Sarah also holds a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours in Japanese Studies) from Monash University. She is a former Victorian Government Hamer Scholar to Japan (2017), Monash Yoshida Scholarship holder (2015 & 2016) and JASSO scholarship awardee (2016-15 & 2019-20).
Sarah has undertaken international study programs at the University of Freiburg (Germany), Monash University (Malaysia), Doshisha University (Kyoto), the University of Tsukuba (Ibaraki), Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) (Okinawa), Nanzan University (Aichi), and the JENESYS Program at the Japan Foundation Japanese Language Institute (Kansai). She is a member of the Australian Government’s NextGen Program, the AIIA’s NextGen Program, and sits on the committee of the East-West Center’s Australian Alumni Chapter and the Australia-Japan Youth Dialogue (AJYD) Recruitment Team. Sarah was one of 30 representatives at the ‘Hiroshima-ICAN Academy on Nuclear Weapons and Global Security 2021’ – a joint initiative between Hiroshima Prefecture and the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate organisation, ICAN.
Sarah’s research interests include contemporary Japanese society and culture, cultural anthropology, consumer culture and consumption, food and beverage policy, and higher education policy.
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia