Shingo Hamada

Project Info

Role GESA 2011 participant
Nationality Japanese
Region of Specialisations Asia

Project Description

My educational background covers research as well as pedagogy of human-environment relations. My graduate studies at Portland State University (PSU) and Indiana University in the United States have helped me understand classic and current theoretical and methodological debates within environmental anthropology. At the PSU School of Education, I studied in the master’s program on Leadership in Ecology, Culture, and Learning which focused on place-based environmental education. Through the program, I learned pedagogy and teaching methods that enable me to integrate environmental literacy when developing a variety of traditional and non-traditional classes.

After finishing my dissertation fieldwork in northern Japan (2011-2012), I was named a doctoral fellow (2012-2013) for the year-long Mellon Sawyer Seminar titled “Food Choice, Freedom, and Politics” at Indiana University. Building upon the food studies seminar and my own fieldwork experience, I designed and taught a course “Fish & Ships: An Anthropology of Seafood” for undergraduate students in the landlocked Indiana in fall 2013. I defended and submitted my dissertation to Indiana University in March 2014, titled “Fishers, Scientists, and Techno-Herring: An Actor-Network Theory Analysis of Seafood and Marine Stock Enhancement in Hokkaido, Japan.”

In April 2014, I moved to Kyoto, Japan to work as a project researcher at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) on the 3-year project “Long-term Sustainability through Place-based, Small-scale Economies: Approaches from Historical Ecology.” This project aimed to integrate multi-disciplinary approaches and knowledge to examine links among the scale of community, the rise and fall of food diversity, socio-ecological resilience and vulnerability, and long-term sustainability in the North Pacific. I carried out ethnographic research in coastal fishing communities, to document and understand a process and variable of community-based adaptive strategies (and whether or not they’re working) to oceanic environmental changes and to neoliberal political-economic policies. For more information about on project at RIHN, click here, or contact me directly at

In March 2015, I assumed a new position as a lecturer of cultural anthropology and food studies at the Osaka Shoin Women’s University, a small liberal arts college in Osaka, Japan.

I seek opportunities that offer an active anthropological engagement in developing social and environmental sustainability in fishing communities, especially in Japan.


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