I am a geographer working on food, agriculture, green space and degrowth for the FEAST project at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto. I also serve on the editorial team for special issues at the Journal of The Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture, the editorial advisory board for ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, and as a member of the Urban provisioning systems and well-being Working Group of the Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production Knowledge-Action-Network.
My PhD in geography, ecology and urban planning was awarded by Griffith University in 2015 for research on informal urban green space in Japan and Australia. My combined BA/MA in Japanese studies, biology and philosophy was awarded by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich in 2009 and included a thesis on participatory green planning in Sapporo.
I currently work on a number of research topics, from transitions to sustainable food and agriculture systems to young children’s urban green space access and degrowth in Japan. My interests include urban human-nature interactions, foodshed mapping, food system analysis, environmental justice, political ecology, sustainable consumption and production, metabolic rifts and depopulation.