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Helena Hof

Helena Hof (Ph.D.) has commenced a full-time appointment as a Research Associate at the Center of Asia-Pacific Studies, Waseda University in October 2018. She will also serve as an adjunct lecturer for a graduate class on Global Migration at Sophia University, Tokyo, from April 2019. Helena is a migration scholar and received her training in Asian Studies and Qualitative Sociology at Waseda University and the University of Bonn. She is currently working on publications as an extension of her PhD dissertation entitled ‘Mobility as a Way of Life: European Millennials’ Labour Migration to Asian Global Cities’. As a graduate student, Helena worked as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant and has, in this role collaborated in writing grant proposals, conducted mixed-method, multi-sited qualitative research in Asia and Europe, and has planned and implemented academic events where she also served as a co-convener of the International Conference “The Question of Skills in Cross-border Labor Migration” on September 20-21, 2018 at Waseda. Helena is passionate about contemporary international migration and situates her work at the nexus of youth migration, mobility to global cities, gender and racial issues in migration and the integration of foreigners in globalizing workplaces.


Her most recent publications are 'The Eurostars Go Global: Young Europeans' Migration to Asia for Distinction and Alternative Life Paths', published in Mobilities (doi: 10.1080/17450101.2019.1643164) and '‘Worklife Pathways’ to Singapore and Japan: Gender and Racial Dynamics in Europeans’ Mobility to Asia,' published in Social Science Japan Journal (2018) 21:1.