Dr Satoshi Araki

Assistant Professor

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9.09, 9/F., The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus


Satoshi Araki holds his DPhil in sociology from the University of Oxford and an MA/BA from the University of Tokyo. Prior to starting his academic career, he had extensively contributed to policy-making as a consultant of the World Bank/Global Partnership for Education, a researcher of the Mitsubishi Research Institute, and a fellow of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO-RIHED), among others. His current research ranges from social stratification and inequality to the sociology of education and work, family issues, well-being, and research methods. In addition to more than 50 policy papers, Dr Araki has published his work in top journals across disciplines, including the American Sociological Review, Sociology, European Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Higher Education, Journal of Happiness Studies, and Journal of Applied Gerontology. He is also an editorial board member of Humanities & Social Sciences Communications, one of open-access Nature research journals, and has been serving as an external reviewer for many world-leading journals, such as the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Sociology of Education, European Sociological Review, Socio-Economic Review, Social Forces, Higher Education, and The Gerontologist.

Courses taught


DPhil: University of Oxford

MA: University of Tokyo

BA: University of Tokyo

Research interests

Social Stratification and Inequality

Education and Work

Comparative Social Policy/Comparative Education

Multidimensional Well-being

Family and Marriage

Research Methods

Current research

Education, Skills, and Intergenerational Inequality

Typologies of Societies: Comparative Research on Education and Socio-Economic Outcomes

Workplace Flexibility and Worker Well-being

Marital Aspiration/Attitude and Demographic Trend

Happiness and Multidimensional Well-being

Japan Paradox and Skills Trap

Methodological Study on Mixed Methods

Honours and recognitions

2022 Best Paper Award, Japan Society of Educational Sociology (for “Educational Expansion, Skills Diffusion, and the Economic Value of Credentials and Skills” American Sociological Review, 2020, 85(1): 128-175 https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122419897873)

2018-2019 Graduate Scholarship, Japan Student Services Organization

2016-2019 Saitama Goodwill Ambassador (under the scheme of Saitama Scholarship)

2016-2019 Sasakawa Scholarship, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford

2016 British Council Japan Association Scholarship

2016 Research Award, Kitano Foundation of Lifelong Integrated Education

Selected publications

Araki, Satoshi. 2023. “Beyond ‘Imagined Meritocracy’: Distinguishing the relative power of education and skills in intergenerational inequality,” Sociology. (https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385231156093)

Olivos, Francisco and Satoshi Arak. 2023. “Cultural Capital and Perception of Teacher-Student Relationships: Uncovering inequalities at schools in China,” British Journal of Sociology. (https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.13004)

Araki, Satoshi. 2023. “Shedding New Light on Happiness Inequality via Unconditional Quantile Regression: The case of Japan under the Covid-19 crisis,” Research in Social Stratification and Mobility. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rssm.2023.100782)

Araki, Satoshi. 2023. “Flexibly Maintained Inequality in Workplace Flexibility: Absolute and relative shifts in telework under Covid-19,” Social Science Japan Journal. (https://doi.org/10.1093/ssjj/jyad004)

Araki, Satoshi and Takehiko Kariya. 2022. Credential Inflation and Decredentialization: Re-examining the Mechanism of the Devaluation of Degrees. European Sociological Review 38(6): 904-919 (https://doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcac004)

Araki, Satoshi. 2022. Beyond the High Participation Systems Model: Illuminating the Heterogeneous Patterns of Higher Education Expansion and Skills Diffusion Across 27 Countries. Higher Education Online First (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10734-022-00905-w)

Araki, Satoshi. 2022. Life Satisfaction, Skills Diffusion, and the Japan Paradox: Toward Multidisciplinary Research on the Skills Trap. International Journal of Comparative Sociology Online First (https://doi.org/10.1177/00207152221124812)

Araki, Satoshi. 2022. The Resilience Divide Among Older Adults Under Uncertainty: A Positive Sociological Study of Life Satisfaction During the COVID-19 Crisis. Journal of Applied Gerontology 41(8): 1792-1801 (https://doi.org/10.1177/07334648221089284)

Araki, Satoshi. 2022. Does Education Make People Happy? Spotlighting the Overlooked Societal Condition. Journal of Happiness Studies 23(2): 587-629 (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10902-021-00416-y)

Araki, Satoshi. 2020. Educational Expansion, Skills Diffusion, and the Economic Value of Credentials and Skills. American Sociological Review 85(1): 128-175 (https://doi.org/10.1177/0003122419897873)