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Karly Burch

PhD candidate                                                                                                                                      

Email: karly.burch@postgrad.otago.ac.nz


Karly Burch3 (160)Karly holds an MSc in agroecology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the Engineering School of Agriculture, Alimentation, Rural Development and Environment (ISARA-Lyon).  She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. . While studying agroecology, Karly became very interested in the intersections between food and energy, an interest that intensified with the onset of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO’s) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan in March 2011. Having lived in the Kansai region of Japan for two years prior to commencing her studies, she decided to focus her MSc research on the experiences of people living in the Kansai region, particularly on their experiences of everyday eating following the onset of TEPCO’s nuclear disaster. After living for another three years in the Kansai region following the submission of her MSc thesis, Karly started her PhD at the University of Otago with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of the disaster’s governance, again with a particular focus on food and everyday eating.

Research 

Karly’s research is Eating a nuclear disaster: A vital institutional ethnography of everyday eating in the aftermath of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster