Dr Akiko Sakamoto
I am a senior lecturer in Translation Studies and Japanese Language at SLAS. After working as a Japanese language teacher and a professional translator (with more than ten published translation titles in Japanese), I studied Translation Studies (MA) at Middlesex University and then at the University of Leicester, where I obtained my PhD. Before I came to Portsmouth in 2013, I taught Translation Studies at London Metropolitan University, the University of Leeds and the University of Leicester.
I am interested in the sociology of translation practice, particularly the effects of the use of translation technologies on translation practice. I am currently taking part in the faculty research project "When translation meets technologies: Language service providers (LSPs) in the digital age (Phase 1/Phase 2)", where I am examining how technological advancement (such as machine translation and paid crowdsourcing business model) is affecting the practice of translators and other agents in translation in the UK and Japan. My main interests concern the professional status and motivation of translators in the new economic system where digital technologies are shaping the practice of translation in non-traditional ways.