Brief Biography

Dr. Kyoko Kusakabe

Kyoko Kusakabe received her BA (English language and studies) from Sophia University, Japan; M.Sc. (Rural and Regional Development Planning) and Ph.D. (Gender and Development Studies) from Asian Institute of Technology. She worked in a development NGO CIDSE in Cambodia for two and a half years, and joined AIT as assistant professor in 1999, and since 2005, is an associate professor at Gender and Development Studies.

Dr. Kyoko teaches and carries out research in the area of economic empowerment of women focusing on various countries in Asia. She has extensive outreach experience working with various international organizations including World Bank, ADB, UNDP and ILO on gender mainstreaming and integration of gender perspectives in programs. Her current research is on labor migration and gender analysis on transport development in Asia. She is a gender specialist of the Southeast Asia Urban Environmental Management Application Project funded by CIDA, was a member of management group of Urban Management Program, Asia funded by UN-Habitat, and currently an advisory council member for the Asia and Pacific region of International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD).