My PhD project examines sustainable rural development in Japan. Specifically, looking at people who moved from the cities to the countryside, I want to understand: why did they move there? What does a 'good life' and a 'good region' mean for them? How are they experiencing the rural? And how are they in relation to and compare with people that have been living there longer? Furthermore, I aim to discuss the regional planning and development policies from these perspectives.
Keywords: education for sustainable development sustainable development futures studies participatory processes japan rural development feminist writing feminist geography
In addition to my activities at the department, I am an active Affiliated Member at the interdisciplinary sustainability research forum run by PhD students, CEMUS (Centre for Environment and Development Studies) PhD Research Forum. Apart from running student-led PhD courses and skills workshops, we organize bi-monthly seminars to meet and discuss with PhD students from different departments and get feedback to our research from wide perspectives.
During 2015-2018, I worked at a unique student-led education centre, CEMUS (Centre for Environment and Development Studies). Among other responsibilities, I was a Course Coordinator for the undergraduate course 'Global Challenges and Sustainable Futures.' Using many participatory and experiential learning methods, I contributed in developing the use of futures thinking methods such as backcasting as a pedagogical exercise to discuss sustainable future visions and pathways.
I hope to continue working with designing and facilitating participatory processes in teaching/learning, research and beyond.
Other previous work and responsibilities:
- Outreach and Collaboration Team at CEMUS (2016-2017)
- Organizing and facilitating of the inaugural workshop for the Global Citizenship Programme in the Matariki Network of Universities. Documentary video (2016, 5 min) available at: https://youtu.be/KjOSduRyDTA
- MSc Sustainable Development (Uppsala University & SLU, 2015)
- Master's thesis (2015): What is the future we want? Future Session Workshops in Japanese Deliberative Democracy. Full text available here.
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