Aya Fujita

Aya Fujita is an MSc student in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, and a JASSO scholar. 

Before coming to Oxford, Aya obtained a qualification of Social Worker certified by the government of Japan and completed a distance BA in Healthcare Management at the Nihon Fukushi University. She also holds a BA in International Development from the University of Tsukuba, focusing on human security and its practical application in international development aid.

In her professional life, Aya has worked as a Programme Coordinator for Association for Aid and Relief Japan, an International NGO, led education and child protection projects partnered with UNHCR for South Sudanese and Congolese refugees in Uganda. Aya has developed and implemented interventions for teachers, parents, and community leaders such as disability-inclusion training, peer-support group, classroom management training, and training on girls’ education and protection.

Before shifting to humanitarian aid work, Aya also engaged in Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s technical cooperation projects promoting women’s empowerment and economic and social participation in Pakistan and other Asian countries. 

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Aya’s research focuses broadly on the effectiveness of psychosocial and social interventions for children and families in humanitarian contexts in low- and middle-income countries. Particularly, she is interested in the development, implementation, evaluation, and scale-up of parent training for refugee families of children with disabilities.