Dr Nao Kodate joined UCD as a lecturer in Social Policy in 2012. He holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was previously a researcher at King's College London (NIHR King's Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre) and the University of Tokyo, and also a DAAD visiting researcher/lecturer at the University of Potsdam.

His main research interests include healthcare policy, patient safety, and gender equality in science education. His books include Japanese Women in Science and Engineering: History and Policy Change (with Professor Emeritus Kashiko Kodate, Routledge) and Maternity Services and Policy in an International Context: Risk, Citizenship and Welfare Regimes (with Dr Patricia Kennedy, Routledge).

Nao is also a researcher and a visiting lecturer at the Hokkaido University's Public Policy Research Centre, a senior researcher at the Todai Policy Alternatives Research Institute at the University of Tokyo, and affiliated to the Geary Institute for Public Policy at UCD.

Nao led a UCD Seed Funding project 'Designing a multi-disciplinary team training programme for enhancing care quality for older people'. He was also involved in an international project looking into gender equality in science and engineering education.

He was the Project Leader of the Japan Foundation-sponsored "Ireland-Japan Social Science Symposia (IrJaSS): Sharing knowledge, shaping the future of the welfare society in Europe and Japan" (2014-15), which is a joint project between UCD and the University of Tokyo.  
Education
BA (International Relations), University of Tokyo, 1998
LL.M, University of Tokyo, 2000
MSc, European Politics and Policy, LSE, 2002
Ph.D, Political Science, LSE, 2008
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Comparative social policy; politics of the welfare state and society; comparative healthcare systems in advanced industrial economies. In particular, safety management and regulation in health and social care; gender equality in science and engineering education.
Personal Interests
music, travelling, dogs