Dr. Haja Michel Rajaonarison

Specialization: Political Economy

Dr. Haja Michel Rajaonarison


PhD in International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan
MA in International Relations, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan
Bs in Applied Management, Institut Supérieur de Technologie d’Antananarivo (IST-T), Antananarivo, Madagascar

Current and Previous Affiliations:

2022 – Now, Yamanashi Gakuin University, International College of Liberal Arts, Lecturer.
2020 – 2022 Ritsumeikan University, College of International Relations, Global Studies Program, Part-time Lecturer.
2020 (April – August) Ritsumeikan University, College of Economics, Part-time Lecturer.
2019 – 2020, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Economics, Course Instructor “Political Economy of Governance”.
2017 – 2022, Doshisha University, The Institute of Liberal Arts, Adjunct Lecturer.
2016 – 2018, Kyoto University, Research Fellow, Center for the Promotion of Interdisciplinary Education and Research/ Super Global Course Humanities and Social Sciences Unit/ The Asian Platform for Global Sustainability & Transcultural Studies (AGST)/ Graduate School of Economics.


Dr. Rajaonarison teaches Political Economy at the International College of Liberal Arts at Yamanashi Gakuin University. He previously taught at several Japanese universities, including Doshisha University, Kyoto University, and Ritsumeikan University. His previous research concentrated on the New Political Economy of Agriculture and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa. In recent years, he has developed a keen interest in the political economy of middle-power engagements in the southwestern Indian Ocean region and the disruptions they cause. Dr. Rajaonarison also has wide-ranging experience with projects in Madagascar funded by Japanese development assistance.