Natsuko Akagawa is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland. She researches heritage discourse, politics and practice in a global context. She has published widely and is an internationally recognised expert in Heritage, Museum and Asian studies and a Series General Editor forRoutledge Research on Museums and Heritage in Asia. Akagawa holds several senior and expert membership positions on the International Council of Monuments and Sites and the International Council of Museums and is a founding member of the Australian Network for Japanese as Community Language. She is also an accomplished practitioner of the Japanese traditional arts of Aikijujutsu, flower arranging, and tea ceremony. Her publications include:
- Akagawa, Natsuko. Heritage Conservation and Japan’s Cultural Diplomacy: Heritage, National Identity and National Interest. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2015.
- Akagawa, Natsuko (2019). National identity, culinary heritage and UNESCO: Japanese washoku. Safeguarding intangible heritage: practices and politics. (pp. 200-217) edited by Natsuko Akagawa and Laurajane Smith. London, United Kingdom: Routledge
- Akagawa, Natsuko. Decolonising Heritage: Safeguarding Intangible Living Heritage in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Historic Environment 33, No. 1-2 (2023):14-27.