Hidefumi Nishiyama


Postdoctoral Researcher


Hidefumi Nishiyama is a postdoctoral researcher in the Geography Research Unit (GRU) at the University of Oulu. Hidefumi is currently undertaking the Academy of Finland project entitled, Spaces of Disregard: An agnotological approach to the geopolitics of Okinawa (2019-22). The project examines the role of ignorance in the contemporary geopolitics of militarised islands. Hidefumi joined GRU in 2017 as a postdoctoral researcher in the RELATE Centre of Excellence. He obtained his PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick in 2016 after completing his master's degree in Sociology at London School of Economics and Political Science and bachelor's degree in Sociology and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Research interests

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


Nishiyama, H. (2020) Base built in the middle of 'rice fields': A politics of ignorance in Okinawa. Geopolitics. Open access at: https://doi.org/10.1080/14650045.2020.1801646

Nishiyama, H. (2020) Bodies and borders in post-imperial Japan: a study of the coloniality of biometric power. Cultural Studieshttps://doi.org/10.1080/09502386.2020.1788619. Free online copies are available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/FRAWMMWBFT3GJ4EWS9JR/full?target=10.1080/09502386.2020.1788619.

Nishiyama, H. (2019) Racializing surveillance through language: The role of selective translation in the promotion of public vigilance against migrants. Ethnic and Racial Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2019.1654115. Free online copies are available at: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/JAET8RWJXJAVZIQHJ3IA/full?target=10.1080/01419870.2019.1654115.

Nishiyama, H. (2019) Geopolitics of disregard: Living a colonial life in Okinawa. Political Geography, 74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polgeo.2019.102042.

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.

Funding and Grants

2019-2022 Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Researcher funding.

2015-2016 Early Career Fellowship. Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick, UK.

2011-2014 East Asia Research Fellowship. Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK.