Sachiko Ishihara

PhD student at Department of Human Geography

+4618-471 7393
Visiting address:
Ekonomikum, Kyrkogårdsgatan 10

Postal address:
Box 513
751 20 UPPSALA

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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.

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Keywords: education for sustainable development sustainable development futures studies participatory processes japan rural development feminist writing feminist geography

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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.


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Sachiko Ishihara