Dr Fiona Creaser

Dr Fiona Creaser


I joined the University of Leeds as a visiting researcher in September 2018 for one year. 

I currently work as an Associate Professor at the University of Kitakyushu, Kitakyushu Japan where I teach gender and cultural studies to undergraduates and postgraduates.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Durham in 2009 and have been working in Japan ever since.

Research interests

My main focus of research to date has been investigation of conditions of sexual harassment at universities, with a focus on harassment prevention policies.

I believe that more research needs to be carried out, not only related to sexual but to all forms of harassment within the university setting. A harassment free environment cannot be achieved solely from a ‘top down’ approach through policies set out by administrative staff at the pinnacle of the organization. Time and again research has shown that women are at a higher risk of experiencing harassment than men and that physical and virtual ‘safe’ spaces for women in organizations are lacking.

To address this problem, I have recently led a 3-stage research project introducing a British based Women’s Work and Personal development program to Japan. The program helps women be assertive, find a better sense of direction, create a better balance between their work and private lives, set more challenging goals, and make better use of their networks to gain information and increase visibility. Thus, it enables women to create a safer environment in which they can work effectively. The 3 stages of the project were, (1) a linguistic and cultural translation of the British workbook, 2) becoming a licensed trainer to run the program, 3) piloting a bilingual (English/ Japanese) program in Kitakyushu. The program was well received by the participants.

A core component of the research project was inclusivity and the celebration of diversity a research interest I am keen to investigate further.

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  • PhD University of Durham, East Asian Research
  • MA University of Durham, East Asian Studies
  • BA Goldsmiths' College, University of London, German

Professional memberships

  • FWSA (Feminist and Women's Studies Association)
  • WELL (Women's Education and Lifelong Learning)
  • IGALA (International Gender and Language Association)
  • IAWBH (International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment)