Sainsbury Institute headquarters in Norwich.

The staff at the Institute is comprised of a small dedicated team each responsible for the various areas of operation. As an independent charitable organization the Institute is committed to running excellent research programmes by securing external project funds, while retaining its independence by managing its own administration and the Grade II listed building that serves as our Headquarters in Norwich.


Academic Staff

Simon Kaner

Simon Kaner is Executive Director and Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute. He is also Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia where he is Professor of Japanese Archaeology.

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere

Nicole Coolidge Rousmaniere  is the founding Director and is currently the Research Director at the Sainsbury Institute for …Read More

Toshio Watanabe

Toshio Watanabe is Professor of Japanese Arts and Cultures at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese …Read More

Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer

Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer is Lecturer in Japanese Arts, Culture, and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of …Read More

Research Staff

Andrew Hutcheson

Andrew is an archaeologist specialising in state formation in European societies and in cultural heritage. He received his …Read More

Ryoko Matsuba

Matsuba Ryoko is a specialist on Edo period printed culture. She is currently Senior Digital Humanities Officer at …Read More

Research Support Staff

Akira Hirano

Akira Hirano gained his BSc in Chemical Engineering from Kanazawa University, Japan, before going on to complete his …Read More

Miwako Hayashi Bitmead

Miwako Hayashi Bitmead obtained her BA in History of Art and MA in History of Art and Archaeology …Read More

Administrative Staff

Denisa Edwards

Denisa gained her LLB in Law from Transilvania University, Romania followed by her LLM in International Commercial and …Read More

Kaoru Sakurai

Kaoru Sakurai has a BA in International Relations from Tsuda University in Tokyo, Japan. She joined the Sainsbury …Read More

Hannah Stroud

Hannah Stroud received her BA in Art with Film and Theatre from the University of Reading in 2012. …Read More

Sue Womack

Sue Womack has a BA in Geography from Queen Mary College, University of London. She qualified as a …Read More