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Prof. Dr. (i. R.) Ilse Lenz

Professor , Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaft, The Ruhr-Universität Bochum


Prof. Dr. Ilse Lenz studied in the USA, Japan and at the University of Munich; she gained her PhD at the FU Berlin on women's work in Japanese industrialisation from a development sociology perspective. In her habilitation in Münster in 1989, she studied gender relations on the Japanese labour market and the influences of computerisation (both studies on the basis of expert interviews and archive work in Japanese). She is currently Chair of Sociology (women's and social structure studies) in the Social Sciences Faculty and co-opted to the Faculty of East Asian Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum.

Focus of Work

Labour market and gender (service sector, changes, state labour policy) in Japan/Germany
Political sociology: the Japanese women's movement
New integrative approaches in social structure research (Japan/Germany)
Intercultural qualitative research (Japan/Germany)
Globalisation and social change.
Along with Prof. Michiko Mae, coordination of the annual workshop on gender studies on Japan as part of the Social Science Association for Japanese Studies.
Co-editor of the series "Geschlecht und Gesellschaft" published by VS Verlag

Research and Practice projects (selection)

Publications (selection)

Websitelink to my Publications


Care and wage work, labour market and gender, migration and gender, social structure, globalisation, women's movements, political sociology


Social Sciences