Before coming to UT, he spent 18 years in Japan. After receiving his D.Ag from Kyoto University (2012) he worked at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature where he proposed and led the FEAST Project. FEAST analyzed patterns of food consumption, food-related social practices and their socio-cultural meanings, and conducted food system mapping specific to national, regional, and local production, distribution, and consumption contexts. FEAST partnered with diverse stakeholders to vision plausible futures and to initiate food citizenship-oriented experiments and actions. At its conclusion, FEAST was inaugurated as a non-profit organization in 2021 and continues to conduct research to solve environmental and social problems and support transdisciplinary efforts in local sustainable food policy and education.
He is also a founding member and co-chair of the Future Earth Knowledge-Action Network on Systems of Sustainable Consumption and Production.
As part of the cross-cutting TPS RUrban Innovation Platform my research interests are focused on...
- Commons/commoning as institutional rurban forms
- Integrated policy and governance structures that cross rurban space, resource flows, economic interaction
- Sustainable regional economy, bioregionalism in practice and policy
- Diverse economy and lifestyles of sustainable rurban practices
- Visions of rurban futures
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Affiliated Study Programmes
Courses Academic Year 2023/2024
Courses Academic Year 2022/2023
I am currently part of two research projects funded through the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Sciences- KAKEN system.
- The role of informal practices in convivial post-growth rural lifestyles (2019-2023); Principal Investigator
- Comparative study on social system and policy towards regeneration of agri-food system from local perspectives in post-Corona era (2021-2026); WG Member
I am also involved in two WSV Innovation Projects (BMS Teaching Academy)
- Towards an Interactive Sustainability Minor; with a spin-off to the M-EEM
- Crossing to Communities Minor (X2C)
In the press
Sustainable food systems for a post-growth world (link)
- Scientists offer blueprint for sustainable redesign of food systems (UT)
- Urbane Gärtner als Revolutionäre (Frankfurter Allgemeine)