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Academic Background

Moé is a PhD candidate conducting research on ideas about 'humanity', forced migration, and virtual reality technology. The project reexamines the claims made in the working paper based on the MSc thesis, which drew on case studies of corporal protests by refugees and suggested that the body may carry the potential to foster empathy by appealing to the concept of ‘humanity’. Instead, this project will be a critical analysis of universality and liberal humanism.


Moé holds a BA in Development Studies and Politics from SOAS, and an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies form the University of Oxford (Oxford-Kobe scholar). At UEA, Moé is funded by the University of East Anglia Doctoral Studentship, Faculty of Arts and Humanities. 

Moé has worked as a researcher and translator in Japan and the UK, and is a member of Tokyo-based grassroots feminist group, Chabujo.

Key Research Interests and Expertise

Moé's interests include migration, displacement, postcolonial and decolonial theories, feminism, technology, and affect.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions