Faculty Biography

Yuko Aoyama

Yuko Aoyama, Ph.D.

Graduate School of Geography
Dean of Research and Graduate Studies
Office of Academic Affairs

Email: yaoyama@clarku.edu

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Professor Yuko Aoyama received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She is an economic/industrial geographer with expertise in globalization, industrial organization, technological innovation, and cultural economy. Her research interest lies in developing geographic understandings of global capitalisms from institutional and comparative perspectives. Her work demonstrates how various industrial sectors and entrepreneurs sustain economic distinctiveness in spite of globalization, in the USA, Japan, Spain, and India. Most recently, her work has moved to the realm of economic governance, with emphasis on cross-domain collaborations between for-profit and non-profit organizations that induce social innovation.  She is currently interested in advancing research on deglobalizaiton, redistribution regimes, and the philanthropic sector.

Professor Aoyama has been awarded an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, Bellagio Academic Residency from the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as research grants form the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society, and the Association of Asian Studies. She is affiliated with the George Perkins Marsh Institute.

Professor Aoyama currently serves as the Associate Provost and Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, for which she is responsible for managing the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research; providing oversight for graduate programs in Arts and Sciences and research centers; designing and launching workshops for faculty and graduate students; coordinating with Corporate and Foundation Relations (University Advancement) and Marketing and Communications to raise the profile of research on campus; providing strategic inputs to Research Board, Graduate Board and the provost management group; and serving as administrative representatives for faculty search committees.

Courses Offered

GEOG 016: Introduction to Economic Geography
GEOG 152: Geography of Globalization
GEOG 107: Miracles of Asia — Economic Growth in Global Contexts
GEOG 256: Global Economic Geographies
GEOG 257: Internet Geography
GEOG 362: Seminar on Globalization
GEOG 365: Graduate Seminar in Economic Geography
GEOG 396.3: Distributive Political Economy

Current Research

  1. Collaborations among MNEs, NGOs, and social enterprises in India
  2. Globalization
  3. Economic Governance 

Fellowships and Awards

Research Grants, Geography and Spatial Science and Economics Programs, National Science Foundation.

Academic Writing Residency, Bellagio Center, Rockefeller Foundation.

National Geographic Society Grant, Committee on Research and Exploration.

Abe Fellowship, Japan Program, Social Science Research Council.

Japan Studies Grant, The Northeast Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies.

MacArthur Interdisciplinary Group on International Security Studies Fellowship, Institute of International Studies,
University of California at Berkeley.

Selected Publications

Aoyama, Yuko and Luis F. Alvarez León, 2021.  “Urban Regulations for and the Creation of an Autonomous Vehicle Markets.”  Cities 119 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2021.103410

Cruice, William and Yuko Aoyama, 2021.  Variegated Capitalism, Regional Development, and the Socio-Technical Transition to Renewable Energy: the case of the offshore wind industry in the Northeastern U.S.   Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 14 (2):  235–252 https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsab004

Parthasarathy, Balaji and Yuko Aoyama, 2021, “Governing frugal innovation for sustainable development: The hybrid domain.” Chapter in Handbook of Frugal Innovation. Edward Elgar.   

Aoyama, Yuko and Balaji Parthasarathy, 2018.  “When both the state and market fail: Inclusive development in India. Area Development and Policy 3 (3): 330-348.

Cai, Yifan and Yuko Aoyama, 2018.  “Fragmented Authorities, Institutional Misalignments, and Challenges to Renewable Energy Transition: A Case Study of Wind Power Curtailment in China.” Energy Research & Social Science. 41 (July): 71-79.

Horner, Rory, Seth Schindler, Daniel Haberly, and Yuko Aoyama, 2018.  “Globalization, Uneven Development and the ‘North-South’ Big Switch.” Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 11 (1): 17-33.

Aoyama, Yuko, and Balaji Parthasarathy, 2017, “Collaborative Social Innovation in the Hybrid Domain: Organization and Rationality.” Chapter in Choudrie, J. et al. (eds.), IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technologies. Springer. pp.257-268.

Balaji Parthasarathy and Yuko Aoyama, 2017. “ICTD as history: An institutional perspective.” Information Technologies & International Development 13, 157-70.

Aoyama, Yuko (with Balaji Parthasarathy), 2016. “The Rise of the Hybrid Domain: Collaborative Governance for Social Innovation." Edward Elgar, December.

Aoyama, Yuko, 2016.  “Reorienting the drivers of Development: Alternative paradigms.” Area Development and Policy 1(3): 295-304.

Michael Dunford, Yuko Aoyama, Clélio Campolina Diniz, Amitabh Kundu, Leonid Limonov, George Lin, Weidong Liu, Sam Ock Park and Ivan Turok, 2016.  “Area Development and Policy: An agenda for the 21st Century.”  Area Development and Policy 1(1), 1-14. 

Aoyama, Yuko, 2016 “Business in the Public Domain: The rise of social enterprises and implications for economic development planning,” Chapter in Rangan, et. al. (eds.), Insurgencies and Revolutions, New York: Routledge, pp. 105-115.

Aoyama, Yuko, 2015.  Sir Peter Hall: From Kondratieff Waves to the Soul of the Delta. Built Environment 41 No.1: 78-86.

Parthasarathy, Balaji, Yuko Aoyama and Niveditha Menon, 2015.  Innovating for the Bottom of the Pyramid: Case Studies in Healthcare from India.  Chapter 6 in Silvia Hostettler, Eileen Hazbound and Jean-Claude Bolay (eds.). Technologies for Development: What is Essential? London: Springer Verlag.

Aoyama, Yuko. 2015.  “Cultural Survival as a Geographic Paradox: The case of Flamenco.”   Chapter in Kuhlke, O. and Pine, A. (eds).  Geographies of Dance: Bodies, Space & Movement, Vol.2: Global Movements.  Lexington Books: a division of Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group, pp.1-23.

Aoyama, Yuko, 2014.  “Policy Interventions for Industrial Network Formation: Contrasting Historical Underpinnings of the Small Business Policy in Japan and the United States.”  Reprinted from Small Business Economics in Dana, L.P. (ed.), Asian Entrepreneurship, Volume 5, SAGE Publications.

Aoyama, Yuko 2014.  “Introduction to the Japanese translation of Key Concepts in Economic Geography” (in Japanese).  Keizai chirigaku Key Concept.  Translated by N. Oda, A. Kato, K. Endo, J. Omuro.  Tokyo: Kokon Shoin, pp. i-iii.

Aoyama, Yuko and Hiro Izushi.  2013.  “Innovation, Industry Evolution, and Cross-Sectoral Skill Transfer in the Video Game Industry: A Three-country Study.” Chapter in Giarratani, et al, (eds.), Handbook of Industry Studies and Economic Geography.  Edward Elgar, pp. 152-170.

Aoyama, Yuko.  2013.  “The IT Industry in Japan: Entrepreneurship and Servicization”  P. Cooke, G. Searle and K. O’Connor (eds.),The Economic Geography of the IT Industry in the Asia Pacific Region.  Routledge, pp. 107-125. 

Aoyama, Yuko. 2013. “The IT Industry in Japan: Entrepreneurship and Servicization” P. Cooke and K. O’Connor (eds.), Asia Pacific Information Technology Industry, Routledge.

Aoyama, Yuko and Balaji Parthasarathy, 2012. “Research and Development Facilities in India” Eurasian Geography and Economics 53 No.6 (October): 713-730.

Aoyama, Yuko, 2011. “Teleology, Contexts, and Agency in Sheppard's Socio-Spatial Ontology” Dialogues in Human Geography 1 (March): 76-79.

Aoyama, Yuko and Rory Horner. 2011. “Service Innovation.” Chapter in Cooke, et al, (eds.), Handbook of Regional Innovation and Growth, Edward Elgar.

Aoyama, Yuko, James T. Murphy, Susan Hanson. Key Concepts in Economic Geography. Sage Publications.

Participants in the Economic Geography 2010 Workshop (2011) "Editorial: Emerging Themes in Economic Geography." Economic Geography No.2 (April): 111-126.

Aoyama, Yuko and Rory Horner, 2010. “'World Development Report, 2009' World Bank.” Book Review. Journal of Regional Science 50 No. 5 (December): 1001-04.

Aoyama, Yuko. 2010. “Manuel Castells”. Warf, B. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Geography. Sage Publications.

Horner, Rory and Yuko Aoyama. 2009 “Limits to FDI-driven growth in Ireland: A newspaper content analysis for investment, upgrading and divestment.” Irish Geography 42 No. 2 (July): 187-207.

Aoyama, Yuko, 2009. “Consumption-centered research for diverse urban economies.”Urban Geography 30 No.4 (2009): 1-3.

Aoyama, Yuko, 2009. “Entrepreneurship and Regional Culture: The case of Hamamatsu and Kyoto, Japan.” Regional Studies 43 No.3 (April): 495-512.

Aoyama, Yuko. 2009. “Artists, Tourists, and the State: Cultural Tourism and the Flamenco Industry in Andalusia, Spain.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 33 1 (March): 80-104.

Ratick, Samuel, Meecham, Brian and Aoyama, Yuko. 2008. “Locating Backup Facilities to Enhance Supply Chain Disaster Resilience.” Growth and Change 39, 4 (December): 642-666.

Aoyama, Yuko and Hiro Izushi, 2008. “User-innovation in the video game industry.” DIME Working Paper. Available at http://www.dime-eu.org/files/active/0/AoyamaIzushiPAPER.pdf

Aoyama, Yuko. “Oligopoly and the Structural Paradox of Retail TNCs: An Assessment of Carrefour and Wal-Mart in Japan.” Journal of Economic Geography 7 (2007): 471-490.

Aoyama, Yuko and Ratick, Samuel. "Trust, Transactions, and Inter-firm Relations in the U.S. Logistics Industry." Economic Geography 83 No. 2 (2007): 159-180.

Aoyama, Yuko. "The Role of Consumption and Globalization in a Cultural Industry: The Case of Flamenco." Geoforum 38 No. 1 (2007): 103-113.

Aoyama, Yuko and Ratick, Samuel. "Competition and Inter-firm Relations in the Age of Instant Access: Case of the U.S. Logistics Industry." Chapter in Miller, H. (ed.) Societies and Cities in the Age of Instant Access.Springer (2007).

Izushi, Hiro and Aoyama, Yuko. "Industry Evolution and Cross-Sectoral Skill Transfers: A Comparative Analysis of the Video Game Industry in Japan, the United States, and the United Kingdom." Environment and Planning A 38 No. 10 (2006): 1843-1861.

Aoyama, Yuko, Ratick, Samuel J. and Schwarz, Guido. "Organizational Dynamics of the U.S. Logistics Industry from an Economic Geography Perspective." Professional Geographer 58 No. 3 (2006): 327-340.

Parthasarathy, Balaji and Aoyama, Yuko. "From Software Services to R & D Services: Local Entrepreneurship in the Software Industry in Bangalore, India" Environment and Planning A 38 No. 7 (2006): 1269-1285.

Aoyama, Yuko and Schwarz, Guido. “The Myth of Wal-Martization: Retail Globalization and Local Competition in Japan and Germany.” Chapter in Brunn, S. (ed.) Wal-Mart World. New York: Routledge (2006): 277-293.

Aoyama, Yuko. 2005. “Retail and Distribution in the Information Age: A Research Agenda for Economic Geography.” Annals of the Japanese Economic Geographers 51 No.1: 101-115

Aoyama, Yuko, Ratick, Samuel J. and Schwarz, Guido. 2005. “Modeling the Impacts of Business- to-Business Electronic Commerce on the Organization of the Logistics Industry.” Geographical Analysis 37, No.1: 46-68.

Aoyama, Yuko and Schwarz, Guido. 2004. “From Mail Order to E-Commerce: Competition, Regulation, and Politics of Non-store Retailing in Germany.” Urban Geography 25, No.6: 503 -527.

Aoyama, Yuko and Izushi, Hiro, 2004, “Creative Foundations of the Japanese Video Game Industry.” Chapter in D. Power and A. J. Scott (eds.) Cultural Industries and the Production of Culture, London and New York: Routledge, pp.110-129.

Zook, Matthew, Dodge, Martin, Aoyama, Yuko and Townsend, Anthony, 2004. “New Digital Geographies: Information, Communication, and Place.” Chapter in S. Brunn, S. Cutter and J W. Harrington (eds.), Geography and Technology. Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp.155-176.

Aoyama, Yuko, 2003. “Socio-Spatial Dimensions of Technology Adoption: Recent E- and M- Commerce Developments.” Environment and Planning A 35 No. 7: 1201-1221.

Aoyama, Yuko and Sheppard, Eric, 2003. “Introduction to the Special Issue, The Dialectics of Geographic and Virtual Spaces.” Co-guest editor for the Special issue. Environment and Planning A 35 No.7: 1151-1156

Aoyama, Yuko and Hiro Izushi. "Hardware Gimmick or Cultural Innovation? Technological, Cultural, and Social Foundations of the Japanese Video Game Industry." Research Policy. 32, No.3 (2003): 423-444

Aoyama, Yuko and Castells, Manuel. "The Informational Society, An Empirical Assessment: Employment and Occupational Structures of G-7 Countries in the 1990s." International Labour Review 141 No.1-2 (2002): 123-159

Aoyama, Yuko. "Structural Foundations for Electronic Commerce: A Comparative Organization of Retail Trade in Japan and the United States." Urban Geography 22 No.2 (2001): 130-153.

Aoyama, Yuko. “Information Society of the East?: Technological Adoption and Electronic Commerce in Japan.” Edited by Stanley D. Brunn and Thomas R. Leinbach (eds.). Worlds of Electronic Commerce. Chichester: John Wiley, 2001:109-128.

Aoyama, Yuko. "The Role of Small Business Policy in Industrial Network Formation: The Case of Japan." Chapter in Network Firms in the Global World: Small Firms in New Environments, edited by Eirik Vatne and Michael Taylor. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2000.

Aoyama, Yuko. “Keiretsu, Networks and Locations of Japanese Electronics Industry in Asia.” Environment and Planning A 32 No. 2 (February 2000): 223-244.

Wheeler, James O., Aoyama, Yuko and Warf, Barney, (eds.), Cities in the Telecommunications Age: The Fracturing of Geographies. New York: Routledge, 2000.

Aoyama, Yuko. “Locational Dynamics of Japanese Electronics Industry in Europe.” Chapter in FDI and the Global Economy: Corporate and Institutional Dynamics of Global-Localization, edited by Nicholas Phelps and Jeremy Alden. Published in Association with the Regional Studies Association, London: Stationery Office. 1999.

Aoyama, Yuko. “Exclusion and Empowerment for Real and Virtual Communities.” Guest Editor for the special issue, Cities and the Telecommunications at Millennium’s End in Urban Geography 20 No.4 (1999), 291-293.

Aoyama, Yuko. “Policy Interventions for Industrial Network Formation: Contrasting Historical Underpinnings of the Small Business Policy in Japan and the United States.” Small Business Economics 12 No.3 (May 1999): 217-231.

Aoyama, Yuko. "Integrating Business and Location: An Overview of Two Theoretical Frameworks on Multinational Firms." Berkeley Planning Journal 11 (1997): 49-70.

Aoyama, Yuko and Michael B. Teitz. Small Business Policy in Japan and the United States: A Comparative Analysis on Objectives and Outcomes. Policy Papers in International Affairs 44 Institute of International Studies, University of California at Berkeley, 1996.

Aoyama, Yuko. "Local Economic Development or National Industrial Strategy: Recent Trends in Small Business Policy in Japan and the United States." Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies. 8 No.1 (January 1996): 1-14.

Castells, Manuel and Yuko Aoyama. "Paths Towards the Informational Society: Employment Structure in G-7 Countries. 1920-1990." International Labour Review 133, No.1 (1994): 5-33.