Scholars from diverse academic fields contribute to this event (shown in alphabetical order).

Robert Fahey, Ph.D. Candidate, the Graduate School of Political Science, Waseda University

Robert Fahey is a Ph.D Candidate at Waseda University’s Graduate School of Political Science, specialising in political communication, contemporary politics and text analysis methodology. His Ph.D research applies network analysis approaches to political communication data in order to reveal ongoing changes in the internal structure of Japan’s largest political party, the Liberal Democratic Party, while his other recent research interests include populism and extremism in online communities and the application of text mining methods to improve the understanding of social-scientific problems such as suicide. He is also a director of Tokyo Review, a non-profit publishing platform for academics and researchers doing evidence-led work on Japan. He received his BA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, and his MA in Political Science from Waseda University.

Petter Holme, Specially Appointed Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Petter Holme is a specially appointed professor of the Institute of Innovative Research at Tokyo Institute of Technology. His research interest is to bridge data science and theory in the study of social systems. He often starts his research in collaboration with social and medical scientists on large data sets, then he develops methods and do simulation studies as spin-off projects of the data science ones. Recently his interests have focused on temporal networks—networks where the timing of contacts are known, in addition to who interacts with whom. Before joining Tokyo Tech, Holme was a Professor at Sungkyunkwan University, Korea. Holme has around 150 scientific publications.

Taehee Kim, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oldenburg.

Taehee Kim is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oldenburg. She received her PhD and Master in Political Science at Keio University (Japan) and Master in Science (Social and Economic Data Analysis) at the University of Konstanz (Germany). Her research interests include political behavior, computational social science, network analysis, and politics in East Asia.

Phillip Law, Postdoctoral Fellow, Monash University

Dr Phillip Law is a postdoctoral fellow at Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute. He obtained his Ph.D. from Monash University in 2017. His research interest include biological markers of psychiatric disease and he has expertise in a range of programming languages including R, MATLAB, and STATA. Phillip is currently developing an online visual test (endophenotype) for bipolar disorder and investigating caloric vestibular stimulation in the treatment of chronic pain. 

Kevin Lewis, Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego

Kevin Lewis is an associate professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego. His research focuses on the formation and evolution of social networks, the principles of interaction that generate global network patterns, and the implications of these processes for contemporary inequality. To address these topics, he has analyzed a number of large-scale (typically digital) network datasets- spanning topics from online dating to internet activism to Facebook friendship- and his work has been published in a variety of sociological and interdisciplinary journals.

Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, Associate Professor, Medical University of Vienna

Thomas Niederkrotenthaler, MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor and head of the Unit Suicide Research & Mental Health Promotion, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. His team has coined the Papageno effect which describes suicide-protective potentials of media reporting. He has published more than 100 articles in the area of suicide prevention and has received several grants for his research on media effects. He is the current Treasurer of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), co-chair of IASP’s Media & Suicide Special Interest Group, and board member of the German Association for Suicide Prevention. (

Elad Segev, Associate Professor, Tel Aviv University

Elad Segev is Associate Professor in Digital Media and Communication at the Department of Communication, Tel Aviv University. He studies the relationship between information and power from different cross-national perspectives, including culture and national identity, Americanization and globalization, international news flow, information search and search strategies, digital divide, network analysis, data mining, and new applications and methodologies in social science and communication.

Benedikt Till, Assistant Professor, Medical University of Vienna

Dr. Benedikt Till is Assistant Professor at the Unit Suicide Research & Mental Health Promotion, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. He has a doctoral degree in psychology and he works in the field of media psychology, health communication, mental health promotion, and suicide research. He has published 40+ publications in peer-reviewed journals, most of them on the topic of media and suicide, and in 2011, he received the Star Award of the International Academy of Suicide Research. He is also a founding board member of the Wiener Werkstaette for Suicide Research (

Michiko Ueda, Associate Professor, Waseda University (event organizer)

Michiko Ueda is associate professor in the Faculty of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University. Prior to joining Waseda University, she has taught at Syracuse University and California Institute of Technology. Her research interests include suicidology, suicide prevention, and political science, and she has published articles in the areas of public health, medicine, and political science. Her latest publications include Economic Analysis of Suicide Prevention (coauthored, 2017, Springer). She has received the 56th Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science, the Jewell-Loewenberg Award by the Legislative Studies section of the American Political Science Association, and the Waseda Research Award, among others. She received her Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Kohei Watanabe, Assistant Professor, Waseda University

Kohei Watanabe is an assistant professor at the Waseda Institute for Advanced Study at Waseda University. He is an international/political communication scholar and a main contributor to a quantitative text analysis package in R, quanteda. Before joining Waseda, he was a research officer at the Department of Methodology and the Department of International Relations of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a Ph.D. in Social Research Methodology (LSE) and an M.A. in Political Science (Central European University).