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Laura Dales

Dr, BA PhD W.Aust.

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 26 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
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Personal profile


Laura Dales lectures in Asian Studies at the University of Western Australia. Her research focuses mainly on gender and contemporary Japan: from feminism, agency and women's groups, to marriage, singlehood and friendship.

She has recently finished an Australia Research Council DECRA project examining intimacy beyond the family in contemporary Japan, and teaches units across Japanese language and Asian Studies.

Previous positions

* 2009-10 JSPS Postdoctoral Research Fellow
* 2005-9 Lecturer in Japanese, School of Communications, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia

Funding overview

2010-2016 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DE120101702)

2009-10 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.


Research interests and publication themes include women’s groups, sexuality and gender in Japan, agency, ethnography and marriage and singlehood throughout Asia.

Roles and responsibilities

Laura is program coordinator for the Master of Asian Studies, and Associate Graduate Research Coordinator for the School of Social Sciences.

She also organises the regular Asian Studies Research Seminar Series.




  • Japanese Society
  • Marriage
  • Friendship
  • Gender
  • Femininities And Masculinities
  • Marriage and singlehood in Asia
  • Feminisms
  • Sexuality and gender in Japan
  • Women's groups
  • Agency
  • Feminist ethnography

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Research Output 2005 2018

Romantic and Sexual Intimacy, Before and Beyond Marriage

Dales, L. & Yamamoto, B., 31 Oct 2018, Intimate Japan: Ethnographies of closeness and conflict. Alexy, A. & Cook, E. (eds.). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)
25 Downloads (Pure)
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Femininity and Masculinity

Dales, L. & Taga, F., 2017, London : Routledge.

Research output: Other contribution

Friendships, marriage and happiness in contemporary Japan

Dales, L., 2017, Happiness and the Good Life in Japan. Manzenreiter, W. & Holthus, B. (eds.). Abingdon, UK: Routledge, p. 67-85 (Japan Anthropology Workshop Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

1 Citation (Scopus)

Projects 2011 2016