Shinya Uekusa

LecturerShinya Uekusa

Internal Phone: 91834

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

I am a disaster sociologist and currently a Lecturer in Sociology. Prior to joining the University of Canterbury, I worked as a Research Officer in Health Psychology at Massey University in Aotearoa and an Assistant Professor in Global Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark. I received my PhD in Sociology from the University of Auckland, and I have a MA in Sociological Practice from California State University San Marcos.

My main research interests are in disaster sociology, migration, health and ageing and the sociology of language, and I am particularly interested in how the socially disadvantaged groups such as (im)migrants, refugees and linguistic minorities experience and cope with cultural, economic, environmental, political and social challenges. Recently, I worked on the Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) funded project on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on older people in Aotearoa. My current work looks at older informal caregiver experiences following the COVID-19 pandemic in Aotearoa, which is funded by HRC Emerging Career Researcher First Grants. Another grant funded project focuses on Asian migrant caregiver experiences of the dual pandemic of COVID-19 and (re)surgence of anti-Asian sentiment in Aotearoa.

I have published numerous papers in international academic journals and edited volumes. Many of my publications focus on migrants and minorities in disaster contexts, disaster linguicism, and qualitative research methods (i.e., disaster qualitative research and collaborative autoethnography). I co-edited A Decade of Disaster Experience in Ōtautahi Christchurch: Critical Disaster Studies Perspectives (Palgrave Macmillan/Springer Nature, 2022) with Steve Matthewman and Bruce Glavov

Recent Publications

  • Uekusa S. and Matthewman S. (2023) Disaster linguicism as deprivation of the victims’ LHRs. In Skutnabb-Kangas T; Phillipson R (Ed.), Handbook of Linguistic Human Rights: 639-647.Wiley Blackwell.
  • Allen J., Uekusa S. and Alpass F. (2022) Longitudinal study of depression and anxiety symptoms among older informal caregivers following the initial COVID-19 pandemic response in Aotearoa New Zealand. Journal of Aging and Health
  • Garces-Ozanne A., Makabenta-Ikeda M. and Uekusa S. (2022) Asian Migrant Worker Experiences in Ōtautahi Christchurch. A Decade of Disaster Experiences in Ōtautahi Christchurch: 211-236.Springer Nature Singapore.
  • Lee S. and Uekusa S. (2022) Social vulnerability and inequality in disasters: Marriage-migrant women’s experiences in Tohoku. In Abeysinghe S; Leppold C; Williams AL; Ozaki A (Ed.), Ten Years After: Health, Wellbeing and Community Recovery in Fukushima: 114-134. London: Routledge.
  • Matthewman S. and Uekusa S. (2022) Contextualising the Decade of Disaster Experiences in Ōtautahi Christchurch: The Critical Disaster Studies Imperative. A Decade of Disaster Experiences in Ōtautahi Christchurch: 3-26.Springer Nature Singapore.