Department of Business Strategy and Innovation

Contact details for Dr Catherine Burns

Dr Catherine Burn's Griffith Experts profile


Dr Catherine Burns is a Lecturer in the Department of Business Strategy and Innovation, Griffith Business School. Catherine has varied teaching and research experience in the areas of Japanese history, politics, society and culture, and popular culture. Specific research interests include anthropology of Japan, sociology of law, feminist theories, human security, and criminal justice responses to gender-based violence in Japan and more recently Cambodia. Her research in Cambodia also focused on the role of international non-government organisations in framing and delivering justice outcomes. Current research focuses on gender empowerment through engagement in consumer cooperatives in Japan and explores concerns about food safety and security, post Fukushima disaster.

Catherine's latest teaching highlight was accompanying students from the Innovative Research University group on a 3 week Study Tour in Vietnam. The intensive course was tremendously satisfying in terms of academic exposure to a range of business environments in Vietnam.

Research expertise

  • Gender relations
  • Human security
  • Japanese food cooperatives
  • Transitional justice

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