Ragnar Nurkse Professor 2017: Akira Nakamura, Tokyo
This year, RND has the great honor, pleasure and privilege to host Professor Dr. Akira Nakamaura from Meiji University, Tokyo, as our distinguished Ragnar Nurkse Visiting Professor of Development Policies. One of the most renowned scholars of Japanese and generally East Asian Public Administration and the role of the state in Asian development, and with a focus on Japanese Municipal Government, he was our wish candidate for this position in 2017. For many Western PA experts, Professor Nakamura has been the ‘face’ of Japanese PA over the decades, and he has made Meiji University – where he served as Department Head, Dean, and Vice President – one of the primary hosts of foreign PA scholars coming to Japan. A professor emeritus today, he still heads and directs Meiji’s Crisis Managemen Center and chairs key Japanese scholarly and policy associations.
The Nurkse Professorship is a position designated for internationally distinguished development scholars; occupants teach the graduate-level course „Development Policies and Globalization“ each Spring semester. Previous holders of this professorship were Professors Dres. Jayati Gosh (2011, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India), Andrew Massey (2012, University of Exeter, Great Britain), Minister Conrado Ramos (2014, University of the Republic, Uruguay), Datuk Norma Binti Mansor (2015, University of Malaya, Malaysia) and L. Randall Wray (2016, University of Missouri-Kansas City and the Levy Institute of Bard College, New York, USA).