Dr Luca Siliquini-Cinelli is currently visiting the Graduate School of Law, Kobe University, Japan, to undertake research on the constitutional character of neighbourhood associations in comparative perspective.
The research also aims to determine what role neighbourhood associations play in enhancing a sense of cohesiveness, solidarity, and responsibility in response to the 'muen shakai' (relationless society) and 'hikikomori' (social withdrawal) phenomena.
Dr Siliquini-Cinelli's research is funded by a Regular Research Grant awarded by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation as well as by an Internal Research Grant awarded by Liverpool Hope University. At Kobe University, Dr Siliquini-Cinelli is being hosted by legal sociologist Professor Hiroshi Takahashi.
The findings of Dr Siliquini-Cinelli's research will be presented at the 22nd Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia, which will be held at the University of Sydney from 3rd – 5th July 2018.