Associate Professor - Specialist in (anti-)corruption studies

Dr. Joseph Pozsgai is a Specially Appointed Associate Professor in the School of Human Sciences of Osaka University (Japan). For the past decade, he has been involved in policy research and practice, focusing on corruption tolerance and the political characteristics of national anti-corruption reforms. He was part of the team that developed the ACE Digital Library hosted by Global Integrity.

Work Experiece
School of Human Sciences, Osaka University
April 2021 – Present
Specially Apppointed Associate Professor

Lectures on political and global studies. Research activities on corruption and institutions in Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CEAS), Kyoto University
June 2018 – March 2021
Program-Specific Assistant Professor

Research activities on corruption and institutions in Asia-Pacific and Latin America.

Visiting Research Fellow
November 2018
Graduate School of International Development (GSID), Nagoya University, (Nagoya-Japan)

Research project: "The Social Origin of Corruption".

International Associate
May 2017 – May 2018
University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba-Japan)

Coordination with partner universities in Latin America for the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Human Capital Development Program. This Program is part of the Inter-University Exchange Project for achieving a global education and contributing toward global peace, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
April 2016 – March 2017
University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba-Japan)

Research divided in two lines of inquiry:

  1. The political characteristics of international anti-corruption commissions in Central America’s Northern Triangle.
  2. The design and implementation of an international qualitative and quantitative database of corruption and anti-corruption news, later known as the Daily Corruption Project.
External Consultant
January 2010 – March 2010
Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru (Lima-Peru)
  1. Produced the Executive Report on the Monitoring and Evaluation of the National Anti-Corruption Policies.
  2. Produced the Annual Report on the Progress of Implementation of Measures against Corruption.
May 2009 – December 2009
Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru (Lima-Peru)
  1. Supported the production of the Guidelines for the Reporting on Requests of Access to Information (RM 301-2009-PCM) and the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Standard Website of Transparency in Public Agencies (DS 063-2010-PCM).
  2. Supported the training of public servants on the areas of public ethics, transparency, access to public information, and citizen monitoring.
Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
April 2013 – March 2016
University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba-Japan)

Doctoral Program in International Public Policy. Dissertation title: "Anti-Corruption Demands and Government's Defense: The Case of Peru, 2000-2014".

Master of Arts in International Studies
April 2011 – March 2013
University of Tsukuba (Tsukuba-Japan)

Masters Program in International Area Studies. Thesis title: "Citizens' Corruption Tolerance in Peru: A Behavioral Approach".

Bachelor’s degree in Political Science
March 2003 – May 2009
National University of San Marcos (Lima-Peru)

Political institutions, Latin American politics, law, political analysis, research methodology, etc.

Academic Papers (Peer-Reviewed Journals)
Books & Chapters
Other Publications
  • Stephenson, Matthew; Gawthorpe, Steven; Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph; Hudson, Alan; Tonn, Johannes and Heywood, Paul. 2020. ACE Digital Library. Washington, D.C.: Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence (GI-ACE).
  • Gawthorpe, Steven and Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. 2020. Anti-corruption Keywords  [Data file]. ACE Digital Library. Washington, D.C.: Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence (GI-ACE). Retrieved from
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. 2020. "Editorial foreword," Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center Journal, Vol. 2020, No. 1. DOI: 10.5339/rolacc.2020.1.
Conferences, Seminars, Lectures, etc.
  • Panel speaker at the Fourteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, session on "Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in the Artificial Intelligence Era," held in Kyoto, Japan, March 12, 2021.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. "The Abuse of Entrusted Power for Private Gain: Meaning, Nature and Theoretical Evolution." Presentation at the General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) held at the University of Wrocław, Poland, September 4-7, 2019.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. "Sociopolitical norms, awareness and responses to incentives." Presentation at the "4th Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Forum" held by the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, June 13-14, 2019.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. "Population Density and Corruption Tolerance in Latin America." Presentation at the "International Workshop on Data-Intensive Urban Studies" held by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University, March 2, 2019.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. "Corruption as a Process of Political and Social Cognition." Colloquium at the Center for Experimental Research in Social Sciences (CERSS) of Hokkaido University, December 20, 2018.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. "Corruption as a Process of Political and Social Cognition." Seminar at the Graduate School of International Development (GSID) of Nagoya University, December 4, 2018.
  • Yusuke Murakami & Joseph Pozsgai. "Valores democráticos en el Perú" ("Democratic Values in Peru"). Presentation at the "8th International Conference of the Latin American Studies Council of Asia and Oceania (CELAO)" in Macau, November 10, 2018.
  • Pozsgai-Alvarez, Joseph. "The Quest for a Unified Theory of Corruption." Presentation at the Seminar "Cross-regional Comparative Studies and Informatics in Asia Pacific Era" held by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) of Kyoto University, March 18, 2018.
  • Japan Network of Anti-Corruption Researchers (JANAR). Founder since November 2019.
  • European Consortium for Political Research’s (ECPR) (Anti-)Corruption and Integrity. Member of the Steering Committee since September 2019.
  • European Consortium for Political Research’s (ECPR) Political Culture Research Network. Regular member since April 2018.
  • Japan Association for Latin American Studies. Regular member since October 2014.
Personal Skills
Creation, coordination and expansion of national and international professional networks.
Organisational skills
Organisation and coordination of inter-institutional activities and high-level meetings with national and international counterparts.
Project management
Management of short, medium, and long-term projects.
Measurement tools
Command of measurement strategies and data processing tasks using Stata software.
Anti-bribery management systems
Knowledge of anti-bribery management systems (e.g. ISO 37001).
Mentoring of undergraduate and master's students in regards to their thesis projects and other academic activities.