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Dr Tadashi Hirai


Tadashi is a Research Associate and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies. His research target is to make development policies truly human-centred by placing people’s values seriously in the process of development. This covers the disciplines of development studies, positive psychology, political economy and public policy. Apart from teaching at Cambridge, he works for a collective farm in Ukraine to implement the United Nations’ Human Development and Sustainable Development Goals.

Before joining the Centre of Development Studies, Tadashi was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellow at the University of Tokyo and served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in Brazil. He completed a PhD and an MPhil in Land Economy (Development Studies) at Cambridge, and a BA in Language and Area Studies (German, French and International Law) at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Key Publications

Hirai, T. (2019) "Happiness in BRICS" In P. B. Anand et al. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of BRICS and Emerging Economies, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hirai, T. (2018) "For a Happy Human Development" In F. Comim et al. (eds.) New Frontiers of the Capability Approach, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hirai, T. (2017) The Creation of the Human Development Approach. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Hirai, T. & Ikemoto, Y. (2017) "Sen’s Economics in The Idea of Justice: Induction vs deduction" Review of Political Economy, 29(1): pp. 93-110.

Hirai, T., Comim, F. & Ikemoto, Y. (2016) "Happiness and Human Development: A capability perspective" Journal of International Development, 28(7): pp. 1155-1169.

DeHaan, C., Hirai, T. & Ryan, R. (2016) "Nussbaum's Capabilities and Self-Determination Theory's Basic Psychological Needs: Relating some fundamentals of human wellness" Journal of Happiness Studies, 17(5): pp. 2037-2049.