Professor in the Graduate School of Human Sciences
Director of the Human Sciences Undergraduate Degree Program
Deputy Director of the International College
Beverley is the Director of the Human Sciences Undergraduate Degree Program.
She is also the Chair holder for the Osaka University UNESCO Chair in Global Health and Education. She has been a member of faculty at Osaka University since 2006 and is currently a professor in Critical Studies in Education for Transformation in the Kyosei Studies (Critical studies in coexistence, symbiosis and conviviality) Division.
Beverley gained a PhD in East Asian Studies from the University of Sheffield in UK in 2000 for a thesis employing a gender studies approach to investigating the issues of teenage pregnancy and abortion in Japan. Prior to this, she gained a Bachelor degree with honours from London University, Bedford College, in Sociology and Social Policy. Beverley then took a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the University of Nottingham and s Postgraduate Diploma in Japanese Language and Society at the University of Sheffield. During her doctoral studies she spent one year in residence at the Oxford University, St Catherine’s College Kobe Institute as a scholarship student from St Catherine’s College. After gaining, her doctorate, she spent two years as a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo invited by Professor Ueno Chizuko.
Beverley’s long term research interests have focused on adolescent sexual health, sexuality education and health promotion. She has also published widely on education, especially internationalization of education, multicultural education and the Japanese education system. Her current research are reflected in a number of projects on health and participation which constitute some of the activities of the UNESCO Chair in Global Health in Education. Beverley is leading a seven-country study of comprehensive sexuality education provision in Asia. She is also the principle investigator on a joint project with the University of Oxford on stakeholder engagement with AI in health care, as well as leading a second joint project with the UK, a study of children with complex medical needs under the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a joint study with UCL. Two long term projects that are every important within Beverley’s research portfolio are concerned with patient involvement in medical research and medical policy making and are led by Professor Kazuto Kato in the Graduate School of Medicine. Two recent projects that Beverley is contributing to concern planetary health and menstrual poverty.
Courses Taught for the Human Sciences Undergraduate Degree Program
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Global Health and Education
- Sexuality and Education
- Gender and Education
- Undergraduate research seminars
Courses Taught for the Graduate level
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation II UNESCO Chair in Global Health and Education lecture series
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation Master’s Research Seminar 1 & 2
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation Master’s Readings Seminar 1 & 2
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation Doctoral Research Seminar 1 & 2
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation Doctoral Readings Seminar 1 & 2
Courses Taught for Undergraduates
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation II Global Health and Education
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation Practicum 2 & 3
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation Undergraduate Research Seminar
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation Undergraduate Dissertation Seminar
- Critical Studies in Education for Transformation Critical Studies Undergraduate Readings Seminar 1 & 2
Contribution to society
Beverley is active in patient advocacy around rare diseases. She is president of HAEJ, a registered non-profit organization supporting patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE). She is also on the Board of Directors of the international HAE patient organization with his headquarters in the US, HAEi. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Discovery Consortium, a registered non-profit aimed at increasing the diagnosis rate of HAE patients. In her spare time Beverley loves to study opera and regularly performs with local amateur opera groups.