Faculty of Economics Department of Economics
Last Updated :2020/04/03

Researcher Profile and Settings

Other affiliation

  • Clare Hall, Cambridge, UK, life-member
  • Basic Income Earth Network, research manager

Research Interests

  • Women's Liberation movements
  • Oral history
  • Gender studies
  • Feminist economics
  • Economic Thought

Research Areas

  • Humanities & social sciences/Gender studies
  • Humanities & social sciences/Economic doctrines and thought

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University, 2007 - 2011
  • Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 2000 - 2007


  • Kyoto University, Graduate School of Economics, 1997/04 - 2000/03
  • Osaka City University, Graduate School of Economics, 1994/04 - 1997/03
  • Kyoto University, Faculty of Economics, 1990/04 - 1994/03

Academic Degrees

  • 博士(経済学), 京都大学
  • 修士(経済学), 大阪市立大学

Association Memberships

  • Oral History Society
  • European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy

Awards & Honors

  • K. W. Kapp prize
    Oct. 2017, European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy

Published Papers

  • The Smithian ontology of ‘relative poverty’: revisiting the debate between Amartya Sen and Peter Townsend
    Toru Yamamori
    Journal of Economic Methodology, Informa {UK} Limited, Journal of Economic Methodology, 1 , Jan. 2019
  • The Concept of Need in Amartya Sen: Commentary to the expanded edition of Collective Choice and Social Welfare
    Toru Yamamori
    Ethics and Social Welfare, Informa {UK} Limited, Ethics and Social Welfare, 12(4)387 , Oct. 2018
  • Post-structuralist Epistemology and Ontological Realism : On the Philosophical Foundation of Feminist Economics
    山森 亮
    Political Economy Quarterly, 経済理論学会, Political Economy Quarterly, 53(3), 2016, Japanese
  • A feminist way to unconditional basic income: Claimants unions and women's liberation movements in 1970s Britain
    Yamamori Toru
    Basic Income Studies, Basic Income Studies, 9(1-2)1 - 24, 2014, English, 研究論文(学術雑誌)
  • Necessity of the East Japan Earthquake and income security
    山森 亮
    大原社会問題研究所雑誌, 法政大学大原社会問題研究所, 大原社会問題研究所雑誌, (634)29 - 44, Aug. 2011, Japanese
  • Una Sola Moltitudine: Struggles For Basic Income and the Common Logic that emerged from Italy, the U.K., and Japan
    Toru Yamamori
    Studies in Urban Humanities, 3(1), pp. 145-167, Studies in Urban Humanities, 3(1), pp. 145-167, 3(1)145 - 167, Apr. 2011, English, 研究論文(学術雑誌)
  • Controverses autour du revenue d’existence au Japon
    Toru Yamamori
    Informations Sociales, Informations Sociales, (168)112 - 115, 2011, Francese, 研究論文(学術雑誌)
  • Missing Women: The Forgotten Struggles of Single Mothers for Basic Income
    Toru Yamamori
    Studies in Urban Humanities, 2(1), pp. 147-165, Studies in Urban Humanities, 2(1), pp. 147-165, 2(1)147 - 165, Apr. 2010, English, 研究論文(学術雑誌)
  • Does Rawlsian Theory Justify Workfare? : Theories of Justice and Social Policy Studies
    Since the collapse of the political consensus on the welfare state, the role of normative analysis in social policy studies has become more important. This article has two objectives: The first is to review how normative analysis applies to this area, and the second is to examine workfare using normative analysis. The main argument drawn from the former objective is that while introducing normative theories is the most popular approach to social policy studies, we should be cautious when using those developed by famous philosophers with regard to particular social policies. The examples in this paper show how theories by Amartya Sen, Robert Norzik and John Rawls are used. In particular, Rawls' advocacy of workfare is closely investigated, but I suggest that justifications for workfare, which are powerful and frequently expressed, are tautological and are based on moral judgments that are usually unspoken. This failure of actually existing discourses for workfare does not connote the impossibility of any justification for either actually existing workfare or fair (but not yet existing) workfare, neither position one which I would try to justify., Social Policy and Labor Studies, 社会政策学会, Social Policy and Labor Studies, 1(1)70 - 82, 2008, Japanese
  • Soziale Anerkennung und Grundeinkommen in Japan
    Mansfred Fuellsack (ed.), Globale soziale Sicherheit:Grundeinkommen-weltweit?, Avinus-Verlag, Berlin., Mansfred Fuellsack (ed.), Globale soziale Sicherheit:Grundeinkommen-weltweit?, Avinus-Verlag, Berlin., 2006
  • Political Economy and Moral Economy for De-commodification and De-familialization(Welfare State and Family)
    Esping-Andersen's influential analysis for de-commodification is one of powerful conceptualization of need fulfillment under modern capitalism. Feminists' critique against his analysis and his effort to reply to these criticisms has contributed to the academic enquiry for "the welfare state and family". In his response, Esping-Andersen introduced concept of de-familialization. I discuss both consepts (de-commodification and de-familialization) have two analytically distinct contents; say, Polanyian de-commodification (policies for maintenance of commodification), and Esping-Andersenian de-commodification(policies beyond such a institutional rationality); De-familialization for maintenance of family, and De-familialization beyond such a institutional rationality. I argue both latter contents are crucial if we consider both concept as "emancipatory potential", as Esping-Andersen wrote. I also argue his conceptualizing de-familialization is problematic because it means eventually commodification. We could recognize really existing both latter contents and de-familialization beyond his conceptualization, in terms of "moral economy"., Political Economy, 経済理論学会, Political Economy, 41(2)28 - 37, 2004, Japanese
  • Needs and Public Spheres--A. Sen and Sensitivity to Difference
    思想, 学術雑誌目次速報データベース由来, 思想, 925(925)49 - 63, Jun. 2001, Japanese
  • A normative theory and political economy of Amartya Sen
    Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University, 2000, Japanese, 学位論文(博士)
  • Need, Deprivation, and Capability
    大阪市立大学大学院経済学研究科, 大阪市立大学大学院経済学研究科, 1997, Japanese, 学位論文(修士)


  • Book Review : Iain Ferguson, Reclaiming Social Work
    山森 亮
    海外社会保障研究, アーバン・コネクションズ, 海外社会保障研究, (182)81 - 85, 2013, Japanese
  • A Possibility of Basi-Income
    Yamamori Toru
    The journal of human rights, 大阪市立大学, The journal of human rights, 9(9)91 - 104, Mar. 2009, Japanese
  • Basic income: accept the idea first before discussing feasibility
    山森 亮
    People's plan, ピープルズ・プラン研究所, People's plan, (48)30 - 37, 2009, Japanese
  • Comments
    山森 亮
    Public finance and public policy, 財政学研究会, Public finance and public policy, 30(2)69 - 73, Oct. 2008, Japanese
  • Questions and replies
    広井 良典, 福士 正博, 山森 亮
    Public finance and public policy, 財政学研究会, Public finance and public policy, 30(2)84 - 107, Oct. 2008, Japanese

Books etc

  • The Palgrave international handbook of basic income
    Torry, Malcolm
    Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 分担執筆, (with Annie Miller and Almaz Zelleke) The Gender Effects of a Basic Income, pp.133-153, English
  • Basic income in Japan : prospects for a radical idea in a transforming welfare state
    Vanderborght Yannick, 山森 亮
    Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, English