The 3rd Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice

The Hotel Clio Court Hakata
August 2-3, 2016

Fukuoka, Japan

Fukuoka Downtown

EQUIS 2016 will be held at the Hotel Clio Court Hakata
Fukuoka, Japan
August 2-3, 2016

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The 3rd Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice (EQUIS 2016)»


Welcome to the 3rd Asian Symposium on Education, Equity and Social Justice. EQUIS 2016 is an international, peer-reviewed symposium organized by the International Education for Sustainable Development Alliance (INTESDA).


In order to facilitate meaningful discussions, collaboration and networking, this two-day, international, peer-reviewed symposium will be limited to just 60 participants. In addition, EQUIS will be held in partnership with the 2nd Conference on the Social Sciences, Sociology and Globalization in Asia (COSGA).


Last year’s event was held in Hiroshima, Japan and was attended by 60 participants from 17 countries. We deeply appreciate the input and constructive feedback from last year’s participants in helping us to enlarge the mission and refine the range of topics with a particular focus on the intersection of education across equity and social justice.


This 2-day symposium will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policy makers, students and interested community members.  With the theme Change, Continuity and Diversity, the conference will be a wonderful opportunity to explore current research, trends, and insights about this phenomenom while expanding your professional networks.


The symposium is an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary event. Abstracts and papers passing the peer-review selection will appear in the EQUIS 2016 Proceedings (ISSN 2188-6865).  We invite proposals of 250 words through our online system that consider the following themes:


  • Administration, Policy and Leadership
  • Aging and Population
  • Business and Management Education
  • Children and Youth
  • Citizenship, Migration and Identity
  • Community Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Education Counseling and Psychology
  • Education for Sustainable Development
  • Equity and Social Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Higher Education / Further Education
  • Human Rights and Education
  • Inequality and Justice
  • Media and Literacy
  • Politics, Conflict and Peace Studies
  • Popular Education
  • Religion, Faith and Spirituality
  • Special Topic: Challenging a Culture of Violence
  • Special Topic: Cross-Cultural Issues in the Classroom
  • Special Topic: ESL/EFL Issues in the Classroom
  • Special Topic: Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Special Topic: Oppression in the Classroom
  • Special Topic: Teaching and Learning
  • Other Areas (Please Specify)

EQUIS 2016 Co-Chairperson and Past Plenary

Susan-Miller3-1 Susan Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Nippon Sport Science University, Japan

Susan was born in Redding, California, and also lived in Hawaii and Australia as a child. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley with highest honors and high general scholarship, a master’s degree in English focusing on Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She is a professor of English at Nippon Sport Science University in Tokyo where she teaches a variety of courses relating to English and communication. Her research interests include Percy Bysshe Shelley, medieval English mystery plays, and the intersection between spirituality, literature and the arts. She particularly supports associations concerned with the Romantic poets, such as Keats, Shelley and Lord Byron. She won the Keats-Shelley Prize in 2008.

EQUIS 2016 Co-Chairperson Co-Editor

COM Alan Brady 130 150 Alan Brady, Ph.D.
(Ret.) Professor, Faculty of Sociology
Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan

Dr. Alan Brady is a retired professor from the Faculty of Sociology at Kwansei Gakuin University  — one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Japan. Professor Brady has lived and worked in Japan for over 40 years and he has taught at KGU since 1991.


His primary research interests are the sociology of education and integrated social-natural worlds sustainability, language education policy, planning, and practices at universities in Japan, and the development of a civic responsibility and global and glocal citizenship through integrated language and content higher learning. His most recent publications have centered on that development.


 EQUIS 2016 Co-Editor

Suman Chakrabarty, M.Sc.; Ph.D. (Calcutta University)
Assistant Professor and Head of Department of Anthropology
Mrinalini Datta Mahavidyapith ( West Bengal State University), West Bengal, India

Dr. Suman Chakrabarty  is a bio-cultural Anthropologist working in the Central and Eastern Parts of India. His research generally explores the bio-social & bio-cultural aspect of health and nutritional status among the scheduled tribes in India.


His specific research interest investigates the inter-relationship between forest conservation, rehabilitation/displacement issues and its impact on food security among the Indian tribes living in different protected areas in India. Currently, his research projects include household food security and nutritional status among the Rabha Tribe living in Northern Part (Jaldapara and Buxa Wildlife Sanctuary in Dooars) of West Bengal, India.


He has published several articles on the themes of chronic energy deficiency and its correlates among the scheduled tribes in Central and Eastern India. Specifically, he has published few articles on the current livelihood condition (Socio-economic aspect of health and nutritional status) of Indian tribes living inside protected areas and their rehabilitated counterparts.

EQUIS 2016 Program Director

COM Professor Michael Sasaoka Michael Sasaoka-Alvord
Program Director

Michael oversees special programs, events and business development for INTESDA, which mobilizes ideas and raises awareness for sustainable development and the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in international business and Japanese from San Diego State University, USA. Combining his interests in business and education he has been involved with education and training in Japan for the past seventeen years at the secondary, tertiary and corporate level. His research interests include globalization, sustainable development and education rights.