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What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?
What mainly brings me to CTG is the "Understanding Transnational Public Sector Knowledge Networks" project that studies information and knowledge sharing among organizations dealing with public problems such as air pollution. Information and knowledge sharing is a critical part of inter-organizational relationships, which is one of my research interests, therefore this project is a great learning opportunity for me. The project studies cooperation between organizations across national boundaries. This is exciting to me because there is not much empirical research exploring in detail factors and processes that influence transnational information and knowledge sharing among organizations dealing with public problems.
What did you do prior to coming to CTG?
After I got my MPA from the University of Southern California in 2005, I worked for a public agency in Japan. From that work experience, I learned the importance of inter-organizational relationships and management for public agencies. Thus I decided to study inter-organizational relationships and management at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. I choose this school because it provides multiple perspectives and methods such as Social Network Analysis and qualitative analysis to study the subject.
What are your plans/goals for the future?
As a student of applied social science, my goals are to conduct research relevant to the practices of public agencies. I want to help solve public problems, especially in the domain of immigration policy, which also interests me as well as inter-organizational relationships.
How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?
CTG conducts research that is useful to the practices of public agencies. For instance, an objective of the "Understanding Transnational Public Sector Knowledge Networks" project is to provide practical tools for effective transnational information and knowledge sharing. As I mentioned, I also like to conduct research relevant to the practices of public agencies. To conduct such research, I hope to learn research processes and skills, especially how to find research topics and how to connect research findings to practical tools or policy proposals while I am working at CTG.
What is a little known or interesting fact about you?
I currently live in a small farm with sheep and a vegetable garden. Besides being a full-time Ph.D student and Graduate Assistant to CTG, I am a farmer on weekends.