I am a geographer working on cities from the perspectives of food, agriculture, green space, degrowth and multispecies/more-than-human thinking as a Senior Researcher 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 boards for ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies and the Bulletin of Geography, and as a member of the SCP in Cities Working Group of the Future Earth Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production Knowledge-Action-Network. I teach as an Adjunct Lecturer at Doshisha University, and have previously taught as an Adjunct Lecturer at Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo .
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 broadly related to urban sustainability, from transitions to sustainable food and agriculture systems to young children’s urban green space access, informal food, degrowth in Japan, and more-than-human planning. My interests include urban human-nature interactions, foodshed mapping, food system analysis, environmental justice, political ecology, sustainable consumption and production, and depopulation.