Satoshi Araki

Dr Satoshi Araki

Assistant Professor (will join us in August)


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. His work appears in top journals across disciplines, including the American Sociological Review, European Sociological Review, Journal of Happiness Studies, and Journal of Applied Gerontology. He is also a lead author of more than 50 policy papers.

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

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 and Takehiko Kariya. 2022. Credential Inflation and Decredentialization: Re-examining the Mechanism of the Devaluation of Degrees. European Sociological Review Online First (

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 Online First (

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 (