Professor Ken Masuda

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Medical Anthropology
Masters ProgrammeDoctoral Programme


PhD in Social Anthropology

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School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences, Nagasaki University


Socio-anthropological study on history, socio-cultural dynamics, inter-ethnic conflict, modernization and development among the Banna in southern Ethiopia since 1993. Study on medical anthropology and medical pluralism since 2008. Study on population aging and elderly care since 2012.


  • Teaching medical anthropology at TMGH and supervising master thesis at the International Health Development program. My students have carried out researches in Ethiopia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Cambodia.
  • Teaching Environmental anthropology at the Faculty of Environmental Studies and African Study at the School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences.


I am currently involved in research teams on global aging, especially focusing on future aging and social welfare in Africa. Both qualitative and quantitative research on elderly life, health, care and social protection will be carried out in East Africa; Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia.

The country/countries where you work currently

  • Ethiopia (1993-Now)
  • Kenya (2012-Now)
  • Tanzania (2015-Now)
  • Nagasaki (2004- Now)


I have been carrying out anthropological fieldwork on tradition and the modernization process in an agro-pastoral society, the Banna, in Ethiopia, northeast Africa since 1993. Watching a small remote society connect with, and getting swallowed by globalization reveals both positive and negative aspects of “development”. I explore the ideal relationship between traditional culture and society, modernization and development through the anthropological approach to international healthcare.