I was trained in the US and started my applied work as a Knauss Fellow at NOAA Fisheries. While most of my working career has been spent based in Europe, my research has taken me to disparate regions (Greenland, Botswana, Cambodia, countries around the Baltic and North Seas etc). Throughout this time, I continued my long-term, ethnographic fieldwork in coastal Japan and research how people interact with the environment (e.g., organize themselves to manage resources; conduct rituals related to their connection with the sea, etc.). I have had the benefit of watching society and the environment change (e.g., demographic changes; disasters such as te 3.11 tsunami) around them. This, as an extension of my early work on personal autonomy and identity stemming from a drop in fishing population numbers, has led me to focus on the themes of social sustainability and resilience. I am also working on efforts to institute fisheries and fishing community profiles in Europe with the European Commission. From 2018, I returned to Japan full time and am based at Tohoku University in Sendai.
Area(s) of Training
anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, ethnography
Area(s) of Expertise
Coastal communities; fisheries governance and management; coastal and maritime cultural heritage; social sustainability; disaster anthropology; visual anthropology; Japan; EU; small-scale fisheries
Most Recent Degree
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