Katsuki SAKAUE

Research Interest:

  • Economics of Education, Education Finance, Education Policy and Planning, Access and Quality of Primary Education in Uganda


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Kobe University (March 2016)
  • Master of Economics, Kobe University (March 2013)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies, Kwansei Gakuin University (March 2011)
  • Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Kyoto University (Mar. 2006)


  • Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists (PD), Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University (April 2017-present)
  • Research Fellow, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University (April 2016-March 2017)
  • Programme Officer, UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) (March 2016-March 2017)
  • Intern, Office of the Prime Minister, Uganda (July-October 2014)
  • Visiting Student Scholar, Institute for International Studies in Education, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh (August-December 2013)
  • Visiting Scholar, FHI360 (July-August 2013)
  • Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists (DC1), Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University (April 2013-March 2016)
  • Student Coordinator for Training and Dialogue Program organized by Kansai International Center of JICA, “Education Administration and Finance: Focused on Quality and Equity of Basic Education” (December 2011)
  • Intern, Ministry of Education and Sports, Uganda (August-September 2011, September 2012)
  • Research Assistant, Urban Community Research Center for Asia, Kwansei Gakuin University (April 2010-March 2011)


  • Kobe University. (2016). Asia-Pacific Regional Report: Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) (Working Paper). Bangkok, Thailand: UNESCO Bangkok. (Sakaue, K. is a contributor, who conducted one of the background country studies.)
  • Lelei, M. C., Weidman, J. C., & Sakaue, K. (2015). Toward achieving universal primary education in Kenya: The free primary education policies. In G. Jean-Marie, S. Sider, & C. Desir (Eds.), Comparative international perspectives on education and social change in developing countries and indigenous peoples in developed countries (pp. 123-147). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Sakaue, K. (2014). An analysis of urban-rural differences in school effectiveness: The case of Ugandan primary education. Comparative Education: Bulletin of the Japan Comparative Education Society, 49, 136-155.

Academic Associations

  • Comparative and International Education Society
  • Japan Comparative Education Society
  • Japan Society for International Development

Academic Conference Presentation

  • Sakaue, K. “Private Schools and Equal Access to Quality Primary Education in Rural Uganda,” Paper presented at the 61st Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Atlanta, GA, March, 2017. (E)
  • Sakaue, K. & Ogawa, K. “Financing for Early Childhood Care and Education in Japan,” Paper presented at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Program (Asia-Africa Science Platforms) Symposium, National University of Laos, Lao PDR, February, 2017. (E)
  • Sakaue, K. “The Role of Private Schools under Free Primary Education Policy in Rural Uganda,” Paper presented as a invited speaker at African Studies Program’s event, Let’s Talk Africa!, University of Pittsburgh, PA, February, 2016. (E)
  • Sakaue, K. “Effects of Informal User Fees on School Attendance under Free Primary Education Policy: Panel Data Evidence from Rural Uganda,” Paper presented at the 16th Africa Educational Research Forum, University of Tokyo, Japan, October, 2015. (E)
  • Sakaue, K. “Equitable Access to Primary Education in Uganda: Roles of Private Financing under the UPE Policy,” Paper presented at the 51st Japan Comparative Education Society Annual Meeting, Utsunomiya University, Japan, June, 2015. (E)
  • Other 23 presentations since 2011

Language/ Skills:

  • Japanese (Native), English (Fluent), STATA, SPSS, HP, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Message to Potential Candidates to Ogawa Seminar:

I decided to join Prof. Ogawa’s Seminar because I believe that this seminar has an ideal environment to achieve my ambition. I am in confident to say that our Seminar is unique because it provides us with not only useful knowledge and skills but also many opportunities to apply these knowledge and skills in practice. I would also like to stress that what makes this seminar special is our huge global-scale network. We have many alumni and doctoral students who are currently working at the top international development agencies, so that we have privileges to hear about their experience at first hand, as well as the tips for their success. If you have dreams about offering company to the pain of children in developing countries, I recommend you to join our Seminar to obtain reliable capability giving shape to your dreams. I am looking forward to studying with you!