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 looks at people who moved to the countryside, with two islands, Yakushima (Kagoshima prefecture) and Goto (Nagasaki prefecture), in the southwestern parts of Japan as case studies. Through an ethnographic-inspired approach, my main interest lies in understanding their narratives of their everyday lives as an expression of "sustainability" and discussing underlying worldviews embedded in them.

Also interested in poetic inquiry and "writing differently."

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Keywords: sustainability 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