Biography

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Behavioral Science, Hokkaido University, Japan. Member of Dr. Masaki Yuki’s Culture, Social Ecology, and Psychology Lab.

My research sits at the crossroads of cross-cultural psychology (more specifically, a socio-ecological approach to human behavior) and social informatics. Specifically, I conduct multi-country studies exploring predictors of self-expression on social network sites. My aim is to uncover culture-specific challenges and opportunities relating to social capital generation online.

I happen to hold the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard. The clip above (in Japanese) explores how that led to pursuing a career in the field of cyber-psychology.

    Positions

    • present2013

      JSPS Research Fellow

      Hokkaido University, Japan

    • present2015

      Adjunct Lecturer (Social Informatics)

      Hokkaido University of Science, Japan

    • present2013

      Adjunct Lecturer (Media Effects)

      Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan

    • 20132012

      Research Assistant

      Hokkaido University, Japan

    Education

    • PhD current

      Behavioral Science

      Hokkaido University

    • M.A. 2011

      Media and Communication

      Hokkaido University

    • B.A. (hons. 1st class) 2003

      Japanese

      Canterbury University, New Zealand

      Honors, Awards, Grants

      • 2013-2016
        JSPS PhD Research Fellowship
        Three year contestable fellowship for doctoral candidates, awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Fellowship of JPY2,400,000 (US$25,000) per year.
      • 2014
        JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
        Contestable funding for scientific reseach awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Sum awarded: JPY1,100,000 (US$12,000 equiv.).
      • 2013
        JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
        Contestable funding for scientific reseach awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Sum awarded: JPY1,100,000 (US$12,000 equiv.).
      • 2013
        Distinguished Paper Award
        Awarded at the 2013 International Conference on Internet Studies (NETs2013), Hong Kong, China.
      • 2010-2013
        Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
        Sum awarded: JPY2,308,000/year
      • 2012
        Asia:NZ Foundation Travel Grant
        Sum awarded: NZ$2,000
      • 2012
        IMCTS Young Researcher’s Development Fund
        Sum awarded: JPY56,000

      Affiliations

      • International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
      • Japan Society for Social Psychology (JSSP)
      • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
      • Asia:NZ Foundation Leaders Network

      Certifications

      • Level 1 2004

        Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

        See my 2013 Masters Thesis (written in Japanese) for a more recent indication of my Japanese proficiency.

      Biography

      Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Behavioral Science, Hokkaido University, Japan. Member of Dr. Masaki Yuki’s Culture, Social Ecology, and Psychology Lab.

      My research sits at the crossroads of cross-cultural psychology (more specifically, a socio-ecological approach to human behavior) and social informatics. Specifically, I conduct multi-country studies exploring predictors of self-expression on social network sites. My aim is to uncover culture-specific challenges and opportunities relating to social capital generation online.

      I happen to hold the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard. The clip above (in Japanese) explores how that led to pursuing a career in the field of cyber-psychology.

        Positions

        • present2013

          JSPS Research Fellow

          Hokkaido University, Japan

        • present2015

          Adjunct Lecturer (Social Informatics)

          Hokkaido University of Science, Japan

        • present2013

          Adjunct Lecturer (Media Effects)

          Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan

        • 20132012

          Research Assistant

          Hokkaido University, Japan

        Education

        • PhD current

          Behavioral Science

          Hokkaido University

        • M.A. 2011

          Media and Communication

          Hokkaido University

        • B.A. (hons. 1st class) 2003

          Japanese

          Canterbury University, New Zealand

          Honors, Awards, Grants

          • 2013-2016
            JSPS PhD Research Fellowship
            Three year contestable fellowship for doctoral candidates, awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Fellowship of JPY2,400,000 (US$25,000) per year.
          • 2014
            JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
            Contestable funding for scientific reseach awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Sum awarded: JPY1,100,000 (US$12,000 equiv.).
          • 2013
            JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research
            Contestable funding for scientific reseach awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). Sum awarded: JPY1,100,000 (US$12,000 equiv.).
          • 2013
            Distinguished Paper Award
            Awarded at the 2013 International Conference on Internet Studies (NETs2013), Hong Kong, China.
          • 2010-2013
            Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship
            Sum awarded: JPY2,308,000/year
          • 2012
            Asia:NZ Foundation Travel Grant
            Sum awarded: NZ$2,000
          • 2012
            IMCTS Young Researcher’s Development Fund
            Sum awarded: JPY56,000

          Affiliations

          • International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
          • Japan Society for Social Psychology (JSSP)
          • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
          • Asia:NZ Foundation Leaders Network

          Certifications

          • Level 1 2004

            Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT)

            See my 2013 Masters Thesis (written in Japanese) for a more recent indication of my Japanese proficiency.

          Biography

          THOMSON Robert John (トムソン・ロバート・ジョン)
          北海道大学大学院文学研究科博士後期課程 人間システム科学専攻
          日本学術振興会特別研究員(DC1)

          主に取り扱う研究テーマの位置づけは比較文化心理学と情報社会学の「交差点」にあります。例えば、SNS利用者の個人情報に対するプライバシー懸念の度合いが社会によって異なるが、それはなぜでしょう?また、利用者がどこまで自分についてインターネット上に公開するかに関しても社会によって行動傾向が異なりますが、情報行動の社会差はどこから生まれるのだろうか。これからグローバル化し続ける情報社会におけるネット上の行動について、比較社会研究を中心に研究しています。

          スケートボードによる最長の旅」というギネス世界記録を保持していますが、情報社会学や比較文化心理学の研究者の道との関連をこのビデオで語ります。

            職歴

            • present2013

              日本学術振興会特別研究員

              北海道大学

            • present2015

              非常勤講師(情報社会学)

              北海道科学大学

            • present2013

              非常勤講師(メディア論)

              北星学園大学

            • 20132012

              研究補佐員

              北海道大学

            学歴

            • 博士後期課程 2016年(見込み)

              人間システム科学

              北海道大学文学研究科

            • 修士課程 2011

              国際広報メディア

              北海道大学大学院国際広報メディア・観光学院

            • B.A. (hons. 1st class) 2003

              Japanese

              Canterbury University, New Zealand

              受賞・競争的研究費など

              • 2013-2016
                日本学術振興会特別研究員(DC1)
                日本学術振興会特別研究員(DC1)
              • 2014
                特別研究員奨励費
                年間110万円
              • 2013
                特別研究員奨励費
                年間110万円
              • 2013
                優秀論文賞
                2013年度のInternational Conference on Internet Studies (NETs2013, Hong Kong)にて受賞
              • 2010-2013
                日本政府文部科学省国費留学生
              • 2012
                アジア・ニュージーランド財団旅費奨励
                Sum awarded: NZ$2,000
              • 2012
                国際広報メディア・観光学院若手研究者奨励費
                5万6千円相当

              所属学会

              • International Association for Cross Cultural Psychology (IACCP)
              • Japan Society for Social Psychology (JSSP)
              • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
              • Asia:NZ Foundation Leaders Network

              資格など

              • 日本語能力試験(1級) 2004

                sample position

                現在の日本語能力に関しては、私が2013年に日本語で書いた修士論文にご覧ください。