Position: Associate Professor

MAIL: kobasa [at] cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Research Departments

Cross-regional Studies


Area Studies、Anthropology

Research Interests

Role of diversity in resilience of livelihoods and life
Typology of religious places of worship in Southeast Asia
Creation of public sphere in post-conflict societies

My research started in the end of the 1990s when I conducted anthropological fieldwork in a rural community in Cambodia. The fundamental interest at that time was to investigate the actual process of reconstruction of village societies and people’s lives since the fall of the Pol Pot regime, which deployed the extreme totalitarian rule in the country during 1975-79. It aimed to deepen the understanding on associations between modern state power and lives of ordinary people in a social revolution occurred in the world in the 20th century. Following this, my research extended its scope for studying rural transformation in Cambodia and other countries in the region; how traditional rural communities and population have been coping with vulnerabilities produced recently by modernization and globalization? Religion and livelihoods are main fields of research under this interest. In addition to these, I study the creation and demise of public sphere in post-confluct societies as well.

  • Kobayashi Satoru. 2018. “Diversity and Vulnerability: Do recent changes cause a loss of resilience of rural livelihoods in Cambodia?” A paper presented at the international conference “Southeast Asian Studies in Asia 2017”, held at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand on December 18, 2017.
  • Kobayashi Satoru, Hayashi Yukio, Sasagawa Hideo, Takahashi Miwa eds. 2017. Mapping Buddhist Cultures among Theravadin in Time and Splace. Center for Integrated Area Studies, Kyoto University: Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • 小林知. 2017. 「重なり合う村落と都市」『東南アジア地域研究入門2 社会』山本信人監修・宮原曉編、慶応大学出版会.
  • 小林知. 2013. 「カンボジア農村における仏教施設の種類と形成過程」『東南アジア研究』51(1).
  • 小林知. 2011.『カンボジア村落世界の再生』(地域研究叢書23)京都大学学術出版会.

  • 科学研究費補助金「変容する生業とコネクティビティからみたカンボジア農村社会の生存基盤に関する研究」(基盤B、海外学術、2015-2017、代表者)
  • 科学研究費補助金「カンボジア仏教の再生と変容に関する総合的研究: ヒト・モノ・カネの移動と制度の再編」(若手B、2009-12、代表者)
  • 科学研究費補助金「東南アジアにおける社会革命と社会的結合の変化・持続: カンボジア農村を中心として」(若手研究スタートアップ、2007-8、代表者)
  • Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research “Exploring Sustainable Humanosphere in Rural Cambodia through Interdisciplinary Research on Changing Connectivity and Livelihoods” (Scientific Research B, 2015-2017, Principal researcher)
  • Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research “A Comprehensive Study of Rebirth and Transformation of Cambodian Buddhism: Flows of Specialists, Objects, and Money and Reformations of religious policies” (Young Scientists B, 2009-2012, Principal researcher)
  • Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research “Impact of Social Revolution toward Changes and Persistence of Social Bonds: A Case Study in the post-socialist rural Cambodia” (Young Scientists for Start-up, 2007-2008, Principal researcher)



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