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Prof Satoshi Araki

Assistant Professor

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

+852 3917 8532

Prof Satoshi Araki
  • 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, Prof Araki has published his work in top journals across disciplines, including the American Sociological Review, Socio-Economic Review, Sociology, European Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, Higher Education, Social Psychological and Personality Science, 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 PLOS ONE. Prof Araki 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.

  • DPhil: University of Oxford

    MA: University of Tokyo

    BA: University of Tokyo

    • Social Stratification and Inequality

    • Education and Work

    • Comparative Social Policy/Comparative Education

    • Multidimensional Well-being

    • Family and Marriage

    • Research Methods

  • 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

  • 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

    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

  • Araki, Satoshi and Jeremy Rappleye. 2024. “Flexibility loss and worker well-being: what happens to job satisfaction when workers lose their telework usage?” Socio-Economic Review, 22(2): 859-882. (

    Araki, Satoshi. 2024. Assessing educational inequality in high participation systems: the role of educational expansion and skills diffusion in comparative perspective. Higher Education, Online First (

    Araki, Satoshi and Francisco Olivos. 2024. “Income, Happiness, and Unhappiness: Explaining cross-national variation in the risk of suffering among low-income individuals.” Social Indicators Research, Online First (

    Araki, Satoshi. 2024. “The Societal Determinants of Happiness and Unhappiness: Evidence from 152 countries over 15 years.” Social Psychological and Personality Science, 15(5): 603-615. (

    Araki, Satoshi. 2023. “Beyond ‘Imagined Meritocracy’: Distinguishing the relative power of education and skills in intergenerational inequality,” Sociology 57(4): 975–992 (

    Olivos, Francisco and Satoshi Arak. 2023. “Cultural Capital and Perception of Teacher-Student Relationships: Uncovering inequalities at schools in China,” British Journal of Sociology 74(3): 376-401 (

    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 84: 100782. (

    Araki, Satoshi. 2023. Beyond the High Participation Systems Model: Illuminating the Heterogeneous Patterns of Higher Education Expansion and Skills Diffusion Across 27 Countries. Higher Education 86(1): 119-137 (

    Araki, Satoshi. 2023. Life Satisfaction, Skills Diffusion, and the Japan Paradox: Toward Multidisciplinary Research on the Skills Trap. International Journal of Comparative Sociology 64(3): 278-299 (

    Araki, Satoshi. 2023. “Flexibly Maintained Inequality in Workplace Flexibility: Absolute and relative shifts in telework under Covid-19,” Social Science Japan Journal 26(2): 215-234 (

    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 (

    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 (

    Araki, Satoshi. 2022. Does Education Make People Happy? Spotlighting the Overlooked Societal Condition. Journal of Happiness Studies 23(2): 587-629 (

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

  • SOCI7010

    1st semester

    Quantitative research methods


    1st semester

    Capstone project in media and cultural studies


    1st semester

    Capstone project in criminology


    1st semester

    Capstone project in sociology


    1st semester

    Quantitative research methods


    2nd semester

    Education and society

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