Hidefumi Nishiyama

Academy Research Fellow

Faculty of Science

I am an Academy Research Fellow working at the Geography Research Unit (GRU) of the University of Oulu. I joined GRU in 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher in the RELATE Centre of Excellence. From 2019 to 2022, I conducted the Academy of Finland-funded postdoctoral project "Spaces of Disregard: An agnotological approach to the geopolitics of Okinawa," which focused on the post-colonial politics of ignorance concerning the militarised island of Okinawa.

The social, political, and geographical impacts of militarisation on indigenous peoples and lands have been my main research interest in recent years. I am currently leading the four-year project "Militarised Indigenous Borderscapes: Reconfiguring geographies of war and borders" (2023-27) funded by the Research Council of Finland (formerly the Academy of Finland).

I have an international and interdisciplinary background, with a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, a master's degree in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Research interests

  • Political geography
  • Postcolonial and decolonial studies
  • Border studies
  • Island studies
  • Security studies

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Room: FY319

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Geography Research Unit
P.O. Box 3000, 90014
University of Oulu
(Internal: MAAN3)