Rob Thomson


Biography

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Behavioral Science, Hokkaido University, Japan. Member of Dr. Masaki Yuki’s Culture, Social Ecology, and Psychology Lab.I research about cultural differences in consumer behavior on social media. So far I’ve mainly focussed on cultural differences between the US and Japan in privacy concern, self-promotion, and conflict avoidance on Facebook. These topics were the focus of my PhD dissertation, accepted in February 2016.

My research doesn’t stop at describing cultural differences. I also seek to uncover why those cultural differences exist. And that’s the focus of my current research project, surveying Facebook users from 40 countries about their behavior on the site.

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

  • Present2017

    Assistant Professor

    Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan

  • 20172016

    JSPS Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

    Hokkaido University, Japan

  • 20162013

    JSPS Research Fellow

    Hokkaido University, Japan

  • 20162015

    Adjunct Lecturer (Social Informatics)

    Hokkaido University of Science, Japan

  • 20162013

    Adjunct Lecturer (Media Effects)

    Hokusei Gakuen University, Japan

  • 20132012

    Research Assistant

    Hokkaido University, Japan

Education

  • PhD 2016

    Behavioral Science

    Hokkaido University

  • Summer Doctoral Program 2015

    Oxford Internet Institute

    University of Oxford

  • 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.

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