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 boards for ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies and the Bulletin of Geography, 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. I teach as an Adjunct Lecturer at Kyoto University and Doshisha University.
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.