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Biographical details

Dr Mayumi Hayashi, originally from Japan, is a Research Fellow in the Institute of Gerontology at King’s College London and an Associate Research Fellow in the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia. The focus of her research is on the care of older people in Britain and Japan, with particular reference to the voluntary sector. Her doctoral research at the University of East Anglia examined the contemporary history of residential care for older people in Britain and Japan. This will appear in her forthcoming book: The Care of Older People: England and Japan, A Comparative Study (Pickering & Chatto Publishers) ( She has expanded her research perspectives into current policy issues and practical implications of various care options. Her recent research includes outreach projects on informal care and social engagement for older people, and work on Japan’s ‘time-banking’ in elderly care. For further details, see her personal website:

Research interests (short)

Dr Hayashi’s research focuses on the care of older people in Britain and East Asia, from historical, transnational and other perspectives, seeking ways forward in the practical application of policy. She currently works on the Leverhulme-funded research project on ‘Voluntary sector social care for older people in Britain and Japan since 1945’. The objectives of my research project are summarized here:

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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