Dr. Iris Wieczorek

Senior Research Fellow | GIGA Representative in Japan


  • Short CV

    • Since 2014: Senior Research Fellow at GIGA and GIGA Representative in Japan; Representative of the Leibniz Association in Japan

    • Since 2012: Founded IRIS Science Management Inc., a Tokyo-based consulting firm specialised in career development and diversity training for scientists, research management, policy advice, and support for "International Relations in Science"

    • 2008 - 2012: Established the Japan Office of the German Research Foundation (DFG) in Tokyo and acted as director (while on leave from GIGA); for activities see www.japan.dfg.de

    • 2000 - 2008: Regular courses on economic and social innovations in Japan in international comparison at the Asia-Africa-Institute, lecturer of the University of Hamburg

    • 2005 - 2008: Additional position at GIGA: Head of Research Management (in charge of e.g. conceptualizing and establishing a research management strategy and “system” at GIGA, preparation for and organization of the evaluation of the GIGA)

    • 2000 - 2008: Research Fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) in Hamburg: analysing developments in the fields of Japanese science and technology, and Society

    • 2000: Doctor of Philosophy, University of Hamburg

    • 1998 - 2000: Doctoral student at the Asia-Africa Institute of the University of Hamburg

    • 1997 - 1998: Doctoral Scholarship at the German Institute for Japanese Studies (DIJ) in Tokyo

    • 1996 - 1997: Doctoral student at Fukui University (Fukui, Japan), supported by a scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

    • 1992 - 1995: Japanese and Chinese Studies, and Computer Science, Master at the University of Hamburg

    • 1991 - 1992: Intensive Japanese Language Program at Waseda University (Tokyo)

    • 1987 - 1991: Japanese and Chinese Studies, and Computer Science at the University of Hamburg

    Current Research

    • Innovation processes and networks in Japanese economy, science and society in international comparison

    Countries and Regions

    • Japan

    Dr. Iris Wieczorek

    Senior Research Fellow / GIGA Representative in Japan

    T. +81 (0)3 - 3470-7257 (Tokyo)iris.wieczorek@giga-hamburg.de

    Jahrbuch der Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung | Iudicium | 2020

    Japan 2020: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft

    Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci

    Dr. Iris Wieczorek

    Senior Research Fellow / GIGA Representative in Japan

    GIGA Focus Asia | 1/2019

    Energy Transition in Japan: From Consensus to Controversy

    Dr. Iris Wieczorek

    Senior Research Fellow / GIGA Representative in Japan

    Jahrbuch der Vereinigung für sozialwissenschaftliche Japanforschung | Iudicium | 2019

    Japan 2019: Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft

    Prof. Dr. David Chiavacci

    Dr. Iris Wieczorek

    Senior Research Fellow / GIGA Representative in Japan

    Research Project | 01/09/2021 - 31/08/2023

    Performance Monitoring Asia-Pacific Research Area, Phase II

    The Asia-Pacific research area (APRA) comprises about half of the world's population and some of its most dynamic economies. The importance of the region as producer of knowledge is reflected in its growing number of international publications and patents, as well as development of new (digital) business models. By analysing the performance of science, technology, and innovation in the APRA, the project aims at supplying an empirical-evidence base for the strategic further development of cooperation with countries in Asia-Pacific.
    BMBF, 2021-2023

    Research Project | 15/02/2018 - 30/06/2021

    Performance Monitoring Asia-Pacific Research Area, Phase I

    The Asia-Pacific region comprises about half of the world's population and is developing with great dynamism. Investments in Research & Development confirm its importance. To obtain an evidence base for the strategic further development of cooperation, the Federal Ministry for Education and Research initiated the Performance Monitoring of the Asia-Pacific Research Area. Together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the GIGA investigates the R&D landscape in the region. BMBF, 2018-2021

    Research Project | 01/01/2017 - 01/12/2019

    Crisis Narratives, Institutional Change and State Transformation: Japan in the Global Context

    While East Asia’s and especially China’s economic growth has become a major driving force of global change, developed countries struggle to readjust their social, economic and political institutions to the challenges of financial crises, shrinking populations, and the rising demand for and costs of social welfare. As an economically and technologically highly advanced society, Japan finds itself at the intersection and forefront of these regional and global changes.
    GIGA, Tohoku University Forum for Creativity, 2017-2019

    Moderator | 30/08/2019

    Future Mobility & Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Japan and German

    Other 30/08/2019

    Roundtable on the occasion of the visit of the President of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg/ First Mayor Dr. Peter Tschentscher to Japan

    Dr. Iris Wieczorek

    Senior Research Fellow / GIGA Representative in Japan

    Panelist | 15/11/2016

    The Relevance of Area Studies for the Sciences and Public Policy

    Cooperation Event 15/11/2016 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), German Institute for Japanese Studies, Network for Education and Research on Asia, Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo

    The Relevance of Area Studies for the Sciences and Public Policy. International Conference in Tokyo

    Dr. Iris Wieczorek

    Senior Research Fellow / GIGA Representative in Japan

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2007

    Japans Weg in die Wissensgesellschaft

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2006

    Innovations in the Japanese Economy and Society

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2004

    Key Technologies in Japan - Political and Economic Dimensions in an International Context

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

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