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

    6009 Perth


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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, friendship, marriage and singlehood throughout Asia.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Research expertise keywords

  • 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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