Annette Skovsted Hansen, PhD, is Associate Professor of Japanese history at Aarhus University, Denmark. She is spokeswoman for the Association of Development Researchers in Denmark (FAU), member of the Consultative Committee for Development Research (FFU) under the Danish Foreign Ministry, and on the editorial committee for Forum for Development Studies. From 1991 to 1998, she worked as international staff in the Department of Public Information at United Nations’ Headquarters in New York City. She holds an MA in Japanese history from Columbia University, New York, and a PhD in History from Copenhagen University, Denmark. She has published articles on language in 19th century Japan and on the cultural history of global alumni networks. Furthermore, she co-edited a Nordic-Japanese volume from Palgrave in 2008, Aid Relationships in Asia: Exploring Ownership in Japanese and Nordic Aid, together with Alf Morten Jerve and Yasutami Shimomura.
Her current research interest is the history of the social and cultural dimensions of development assistance, 1947-2017. She focuses on the strategic outcomes of Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) as compared to Danish ODA in terms of channels of communication and networks between alumni whose participation in overseas courses were financed by ODA and their host countries, exemplified by formal alumni societies and the dissemination of newsletters. A larger collective research project she is, presently, designing is on how aid distribution in Africa reflects historical networks and can at least partly explain Brazilian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese alternatives to European ODA.