I am a geographer working 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, and the editorial board for ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.
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.