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Speaker: Mai

Maiphoto

I am a researcher at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan, working as a team member of the project titled "Lifeworlds of Sustainable Food Consumption and Production: Agrifood Systems in Transition". My research has thus far focused on challenges and possibilities of re-peasantization in Japan and transitions of farming practices in the mid-hill regions of Bhutan.

I am a project researcher at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature in Kyoto, Japan.
I received my PhD in Environmental Studies in 2016 and my MA in Environmental Management in 2012 from Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, in Kyoto, Japan. My field work, thus far, has focused on new-entry farmer communities around Kyoto, and rural farming communities in Bhutan, particularly looking at expressions of adaptation to government led efforts to encourage organic farming and increased food self-sufficiency. My interests stem from my experiences working with NGOs, non-profits and farming communities around the world that are dedicated to re-introducing the possibilities of small scale diversified food production systems. My interests are in processes and expressions of de- and re-peasantization in a post development context, particularly as it is reflected in food and seed sovereignty.