Atsuro MORITA Associate Professor

I am researching the relationship between science, technology and society. Modern life is supported by a variety of technologies, from infrastructures (such as roads and the water supply) to advanced technology (including computing and cutting-edge medicine). The field of “Anthropology of science and technology,” that I specialize in, investigates the ways in which scientific research and technology support and change our daily life. Through fieldwork conducted mainly in Thailand, I have been investigating the interrelationships between machines produced by small and medium-sized local enterprises, the local environment, society, and the artisans who produce the machines. I am currently studying the ways in which a water management infrastructure designed to protect Bangkok from flooding (a large-scale technological system made up of canals, banks, and information networks) has developed in complex relationship with the people and organisms living by the river.


Anthropology, science and technology studies


March 1999
Master of Arts in Education, Department of Comparative Sociology of Education, Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo
March 2001
Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
March 2006
Completed the doctoral program in Cultural Anthropology at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences,The University of Tokyo
September 2010
Awarded a Ph.D. (Liberal Arts) by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tokyo


  • MA in Education (Tokyo, 1999)
  • MA in Anthropology (Tokyo, 2001)
  • PhD in Anthropology (Tokyo, 2010)

Work Experience

April 2001–March 2004
Research Fellow, The Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences
April 2006–February 2008
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo
April 2006–September 2006
Part-time Lecturer, Saitama Institute of Technology
April 2007 –March 2008
Part-time Lecturer, Department of Literature, Keio University
November 2007 – March 2008
Part-time Lecturer, International Christian University
March 2008–
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University

Academic Associations

  • The Society for Social Studies of Science
  • The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology