Xiaodong MENG

Research Interest:

  • Early Childhood Development (ECD), Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), Development Psychology, Parental Involvement, Parent Empowerment and Supporting, and Economics of Education


  • PhD Program, Kobe University (Expected Mar. 2020)
  • Master of Economics, Kobe University (Apr. 2015 ~ Mar. 2017)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Dalian University of Foreign Languages (September 2004)


  • Field research, Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) of Lao Public Democratic Republic (Nov. 2016)
  • Visiting Scholar Intern, Global Education Department of FHI 360, Washington, D.C. (Feb.-Mar. 2016)
  • Research Assistant for Dr. Kazue Demachi, GSICS of Kobe University (Oct. 2015)
  • Student Coordinator/Assistant for JICA Training Project, GSICS of Kobe University (Nov.2014/Jun.2015/ Nov. 2015)
  • Student Assistant of Kansei Branch, Japan Society for International Development (JASID) (Nov. 2014~)
  • Student Assistant of the Secretariat, Japan Society for International Development (JASID) (Nov. 2014 ~ Nov. 2015)
  • Volunteer Teacher, Chinese Training Program of Akashi City, The Support and Communications Centers for People Returning from China (May. 2014~)
  • Export Manager Assistant, Dalian Huaxin Metallurgical & Chemical Materials Co., Ltd. Of Huaxin Group, China (Apr. 2007 ~ Feb. 2012)
  • Consultant for Overseas Education, Dalian CNC Co. Ltd. Of Huaxin Group, China (Dec. 2005 ~Apr. 2007)
  • English Teacher, Dalian Youth & Children Development Center, China (Sept. 2004~Dec. 2009)


  • “A Case Study of Parental Involvement in Early Childhood Development in Vientiane Province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic ”, Master thesis, 2017 (E)
  • “Analyzing on the Characteristics of Lost Generation, in case of the figures of ‘Farewell to Arms’ ”, Undergraduate thesis, 2004 (E)

Academic Associations

  • Japan Society for International Development (JASID)
  • Japan Comparative Education Society (JCES)
  • Ryoso Association (Ryoso Kai)

Academic Conference Presentation

  • Meng. X. “A Study on the Determinants of Child Labor in Ghana”, Paper presented at the International Education Development Forum 2015, Waseda University, November, 2015. (E)
  • Meng, X. “A Study on Access to Early Childhood Education in Vietnam”, Paper presented at the International Education Development Forum 2014, Kobe University, November, 2014. (E)

Language/ Skills

  • Mandarin (Native), English (Fluent), Japanese (Fluent)
  • MS Office, Stata

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