Hidefumi Nishiyama


Postdoctoral Researcher


Hidefumi Nishiyama is Postdoctoral Researcher in the Academy of Finland's RELATE Cntre of Excellence. Hidefumi obtained his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick, UK, in 2016. After his teaching positions at SOAS and Birkbeck, University of London, Hidefumi joined the Geography Research Unit (GRU) at the University of Oulu in May 2017. His research interests are in the fields of political geography, postcolonial theory, and border and security studies, with geographical focus on Japan. He is currently working on a book project on a genealogy of biometric borders in Japan. Hidefumi earned his master's degree in Sociology from London School of Economics and bachelor's degree in Sociology and Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Research interests

  • Political geography
  • Critical geopolitics
  • Postcolonialism
  • Border and security studies
  • Japan


Nishiyama, H. (2018). Crowd surveillance. The (in)securitization of the urban body. Security Dialogue, 49(3), 200-216.

Nishiyama, H. (2018) "Measurement of Life": The Disciplinary Power of Racism. In H. Richter (Ed.) Biopolitical Governance: Race, Gender and Economy (pp. 59-76). London: Rowman & Littlefield International.

Nishiyama, H. (2017). Surveillance as Race Struggle: On Browne's Dark Matters. Theory & Event, 20(1), 280-285.

Nishiyama, H. (2015). Towards a Global Genealogy of Biopolitics: Race, Colonialism, and Biometrics beyond Europe. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 33(2), 331-346.

Nishiyama, H. (2014). Maritime Borders and Territories: A Topological Space of Exception and the Suspicious Vessel Case in Japan. In J. C. H. Liu & N. Vaughan-Williams (Eds.), European-East Asian Borders in Translation (pp. 113-132). London: Routledge.

Research groups

  • Postdoctoral researcher, RELATE (http://www.oulu.fi/relate/)


Crossing borders: The relational and territorial politics of bordering, identities and transnationalization

This research community (RC) aims at developing novel multidimensional theoretical and empirical approaches to study the key practices of bordering