International Conference on Trust (Institute of Social Sciences, Chuo University) (November 18-20, 2017)


Institute of Social Sciences
Chuo University
November 18-20, 2017


No one denies the importance of trust in social relationships.  Many scholars view trust as extraordinarily important because of its influence on interpersonal and group relationships.  Our economic system is in many ways entirely dependent upon trust because if there were no trust there would be no economic transactions.  Thus trust has profound implications for interpersonal and social cooperation.  Without trust, societies really could not exist.  As we all know, social systems are becoming increasingly complex and confounded, meaning that trust plays an ever-increasingly important role.  Trust in interpersonal and social cooperation implies commitment, which is intimately tied to obligation, which brings into play basic norms and values at individual and group levels.  Norms and values speak to expectations.  Expectations are implicit in trust because past and present individual and social behaviors dictate how future actions will unfold.  Trust becomes a coping mechanism for societal complexity as it helps to overcome the accompanying uncertainty characteristic of a mushrooming globalized social system.  

The purpose of the Conference is to present current research results, discuss and exchange ideas by meeting together in one place during the most pleasant of Japan’s seasons.

The Conference will consist of morning plenary sessions and three afternoon sessions on sociology (including socio-psychology), economics, political science, and organizational research fields.

So far, we have almost one hundred presentations and one hundred thirty registrations from thirty two nations.


■Confirmed keynote speakers include:

Trust as a Fundamental Mechanism to Co-ordinate Social Interaction

 Prof. Reinhard Bachmann, BA, MSc, PhD

 Head of School of Finance and Management &

 Director of the 'Centre for Trust Research' (CTR)

 SOAS, University of London, UK

Family Socialization, Trust and Change: Evidence from Russia

 Prof. Donna Bahry, Department of Political Science

 The Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.


 Prof. Polina Kozyreva

 Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences, and

 National Research University -Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

The Experience of “Trust”: Its Basis and Context

 Prof. Jack Barbalet

 The Institute for Religion, Politics and Society

 The Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia

 Interpersonal Distrust: A Dynamic Approach

 Dr. Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema

   Senior Researcher

   Faculty of Economics and Business

 University of Groningen

 The Netherlands

Socio-economic Modernization and Trust: The Case of China

 Prof. Dr. Jan Delhey
 Department of Sociology/Macrosociology
 Otto von Guericke University
 Magdeburg, Germany

Trust and Confidentiality: Secrecy as Trust‐Building Device in Industrial


 Prof. Morten Frederiksen and Uffe Kjærgaard Hansen

 Department of Sociology and Social Work

 Aalborg University, Denmark

Constitution of Inter-Organizational Trust – The Role of Self-Reinforcing Processes

 Prof. Dr. Guido Möllering
 Director and Chair of Management
 Reinhard Mohn Institute of Management
 Private Universität Witten/Herdecke, Gemany


 Prof. Dr. Jorg Sydow

 Department of Management

 Freie Universitat Berlin, Gemany

Radical Uncertainty and the Economic Need for Trust

 Emeritus Prof. Bart Nooteboom

 Faculty of Economics and Business Administrtion

 Tillburg University, The Netherlands

The Relation Between Interpersonal Trust and Adjustment

 Prof. Ken J. Rotenberg, School of Psychology, Keele University, UK 

Trust, Civic Participation and Legitimacy of Democracy in the Czech Republic in the Transition Period after 1989

 Prof. Markéta Sedláčková, Jiří Šafr

 Dept. of Sociology, Charles University, Prague

 Czech Republic

Trust in the Moral Space

 Emeritus Prof. dr hab. Piotr Sztompka

 Institute of Sociology

 Jagiellonian University

 Krakow. Poland

 Past President of International Sociological Association (ISA)

The New Aspects of Public Trust

 Prof. Zhan Toshchenko, The Russian State University for the Humanities

 and the RAS Institute of Sociology, Moscow. Russia


  ※ The registration deadline for overseas researchers is over.  


■Please contact:

Masamichi Sasaki, the organizer of the Conference, should you have any inquiries or