Urban and Population Geography working group

Dipl.-Geogr. Sakura Yamamura


Curriculum Vitae

since Oct 2015 Research Associate/Lecturer
Department of Geography, University of Kiel

since 2015  Assistant Lecturer (Lehrbeauftragte)
Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg

since Oct 2010 Doctoral Researcher
Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg
(supervision of dissertation project: Christof Parnreiter)                            

since Oct 2010 Research Partner
Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
(co-supervision of dissertation project: Steven Vertovec)

2015 Junior Visiting Research Fellow
Maastricht Centre for Citizenship, Migration and Development (MACIMIDE)
University of Maastricht, Netherlands

2012 – 2014 Research Associate
German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF)
Sub-Division 22: Migration Research

2010 – 2012 external Consultant (ADBI/OECD & EC/OECD-projects)
OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour & Social Affairs
International Migration Division, Paris

2009 – 2010   Consultant/Policy Analyst
OECD Directorate for Employment, Labour & Social Affairs
International Migration Division, Paris

2008 – 2009 Visiting Research Scholar
Department of Geography
University of California Berkeley, USA

2008 Affiliated Researcher/Research Intern
HWWI Hamburg Institute of International Economics
Migration Research Group, Hamburg

2006 – 2008 Student Assistant
Institute of Geography, University of Hamburg

      2007 – 2008 Erasmus Exchange Student
      Institut de Géographie
      Université de Paris 1 – Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

2005 - 2010 Studies of Geography
(Minors: Sociology & Social and Cultural Anthropology)
University of Hamburg, Germany



Summer 2018

Human Geography II (BS/GP)


Winter 2017/18

Empirical Social Research II (Practical Seminar)

Human Geography I: Cultural Geography (Seminar/Fieldtrip)


Summer 2017

Empirical Social Research I (Lecture/ Practice)


Winter 2016/17

Empirical Social Research II (Practical Seminar)


Summer 2016

Excursion Malta (incl. Seminar)

Human Geography II: Urban and Population Geography (Seminar/Fieldtrips)

Empirical Social Research I (Lecture/ Practice)

Transnationalisation in Southeast and East Asia (Advanced Seminar) [University of Hamburg]


Winter 2015/16

Human Geography I: Economic and Cultural Geography (Seminar/Fieldtrips)

Empirical Social Research II (Practical Seminar)


Summer 2015

Urban Geography of Global Cities, the Case of Tokyo (Advanced Seminar) [University of Hamburg]

Research Projects

Transnationalizing Tokyo – Transnational Financial Professionals, Mobility and the Transformation of Urban Space

Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of the IT Gaming Industry in Malta


Yamamura, S. (2018): The making of transnational urban space by financial professionals in the Global City Tokyo, in: Hoyler, M./Parnreiter, C./Watson, A. (eds.): Global City Makers: Economic Actors and Practices in the World City Network. Edward Elgar.

Hassink, R./Hu, X/Shin, D.-H./Yamamura, S./Gong, H. (2017): The restructuring of old industrial areas in East Asia, in: Area Development and Policy http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23792949.2017.1413405

Lassalle, P./Yamamura, S. (2017): Approximating Entrepreneurial Superdiversity: Evidence from ethnic minority entrepreneurship in Glasgow, peer-reviewed conference paper, ISBE (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship), Belfast. Best Paper Award

Johnston, A./Lassalle, P./Yamamura, S. (2016): Re-Conceptualizing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Theoretical Exploration, in Bernhard I (Ed.): Geography, Open Innovation, Diversity and Entrepreneurship, pp. 451-462.

ADBI/OECD (2013): Managing Migration to Support Inclusive and Sustainable Growth. ADBI, Tokyo. (contribution)

Mayer, M./Yamamura, S./Schneider, J./Müller, A. (2012): Immigration of International Students from Third Countries, Working Paper 47. BAMF, Nürnberg.

OECD/EC (2010): Recent Changes in Naturalisation Policies. Annex to DELSA/ELSA/MI (2010)17 (room document at seminar Naturalisation and the Socio-Economic Integration of Immigrants and their Children) (sole author)

OECD (2010): International Migration Outlook 2010. OECD, Paris. (contribution)

OECD (2010): International Students in the Two-Step Migration. DELSA/ELSA/ WP2(2010)6 (internal note for the Working Party on Migration) (sole author)

OECD/WHO (2010): OECD/WHO proposed framework for a regular monitoring of trends in international migration of health personnel. DELSA/HEA (2010)18 (note at technical workshop) (contribution)

Yamamura, S. (2009): „Brain Waste“ ausländischer Ärztinnen und Ärzte in Deutschland. [Brain Waste of Foreign Doctors in Germany] Wirtschaftsdienst 89. Jg., Heft 3,196-201.


Expatriates between corporate strategies and personal preferences in glocal socio-spatial patterns.
Royal Geographical Society with IBG - Annual Conference, 29 Aug-1 Sept 2017.

The role of Proximities within Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for the ICT sector in a resource-scarce small island state: the case of Malta (with Paul Lassalle)
Association of American Geographers (AAG) - Annual Conference, 5-9 April 2017.

Re-conceptualising Co-Evolution: the Co-evolution of industrial actors and institutions in the Maltese gaming industry
Association of American Geographers (AAG) - Annual Conference, 5-9 April 2017.

International Entrepreneurship: An Ecosystem Approach (with Paul Lassalle and Andrew Johnston)
Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE), 27-28 Oct 2016.

Re-Conceptualizing Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: A Theoretical Exploration (with Andrew Johnston and Paul Lassalle)
19th Uddevalla Symposium on Geography, Open Innovation, Diversity and Entrepreneurship, 30 June-2 July 2016.

Reframing the influences of Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs into multilevel/-dimensional entrepreneurial ecosystem (with Paul Lassalle, Andrew Johnston) - MDE 2015 1st International Conference on Migration and Diaspora Entrepreneurs, 14-15 Dec 2015.

The significance of ethnic social capital in case of Polish migrant entrepreneurs in the UK and its enhancement by the incremental transnationalization of the European Union. (with Paul Lassalle)
12th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), 25-28 Aug 2015.

Transnational Tokyo: High skilled migrants, mobility and the transformation of urban space.
11th European Association for Japanese Studies (EAJS), Workshop for Doctoral Students at the University of Edinburgh, 11-15 June 2015.

Transnational financial professionals in Global Cities – Urban Elites attached/detached to urban spaces and local society?
Association of American Geographers (AAG) - Annual Conference, 21-25 Apr 2015.

The Transnational (Social) Space of Highly-skilled Transmigrants in Geographical Terms.
IMISCOE Research Group Transmig. Conference: Transnational Migration- Disciplinary Impacts, 29-30 January 2015.

Global City Tokyo revisited: the status of Tokyo and its transnational professionals in the Asian competition.
ARL International Summer School with University of Loughborough: Global Urban Networks, 31 Aug-3 Sept 2014.

Transnational professionals and their socio-behavioral and spatial-behavioral patterns in a multilocal and mobile environment.
International Geographical Union - 32nd International Geographical Congress, 26-30 Aug 2012.

The transnational space of financial professionals within Tokyo and the network of global cities.
Middlesex University - International Conference: Highly skilled migration into the 21st century, 24-25 May 2012.

The Transnational Space of transnational professionals in Tokyo and its locatability in the Global Cities Network.
Association of American Geographers (AAG) - Annual Conference, 24-28 Feb 2012.

The Two-Step Migration: Attracting and Retaining International Students - stay rates.
Annual Meeting of the OECD Working Party on Migration, 13-14 June 2010.

The transnational capitalist class of IT professionals in the Silicon Valley and the global network.
5th IMISCOE Annual Conference, 9-12 September 2008.