Varun K.



Varun Khanna graduated from the Faculty of Human Sciences at Osaka University, Japan. He currently has a position at a consortium of universities in Barcelona, Amsterdam, Malta and Oslo. Most recently, he has received the European Commission Fellowship to pursue a degree in Europe. He moved to Asahikawa in Hokkaido at the age of fifteen. Varun's research interests lie at the intersection of education, globalisation and international development. He has also engaged academically and non-academically with issues of sexuality, advocacy and the civil society as the National Vice President of Stonewall Japan. In 2016, he was awarded the title of University of Tokyo’s Global Ambassador for his contributions to the internationalisation dialogue of Japan. He has written about internationalisation for Open Asia, spoken at conferences on the discourse, and was the principal investigator for a funded study on foreign academics in Japan. Since 2014, he has been coordinating the efforts of Future Village Nepal NGO and is currently on the project panel of the Chance Initiative Nepal - a revitalization and research project related to the disaster in Nepal. A forthcoming paper on disaster governance Nepal would be out in fall 2017 in the special earthquake issue of the academic journal Himalayas. While living in Osaka, Varun promoted the interests of international residents at his city as an advisor to and vice-chair of the international resident's council in the human rights division. He has spoken at events and conferences at various cities in Japan, India, Italy, Singapore, China, and Australia on significant and relevant issues of the 21st century.


  • events / training
  • community
  • tertiary education
  • disaster preparation
  • civil society
  • japan
  • nepal
  • malta
  • italy
  • india
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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