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Dr Karly Burch

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tel: (+64) 3 479 9242

Email:
karly.burch@otago.ac.nz

Karly Burch3 (160)Karly’s research interests are in the fields of science and technology studies (STS), environmental sociology, and the sociology of agriculture and food. She has a deep passion for collaborative, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, and strives to enact research which opens up discussions on food, technology and the environment in ways that attend to the complex social and material heterogeneity imbued within these intersecting topics. Karly’s theoretical and methodological interests are in the field of material semiotics (relational materiality), sometimes referred to as post-humanism.

Karly first joined the Centre for Sustainability as a PhD student where she explored everyday eating in the Kansai region of Japan in the aftermath of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO’s) Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster. She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Otago, 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), and a BA in global studies and professional writing from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Current & recent research projects

MaaraTech – Karly is currently serving as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the MaaraTech Project, a multi-year transdisciplinary project researching and developing artificial intelligence (AI) technologies for use in horticulture and viticulture in New Zealand. Trained in agroecology and sociology, she is one of the social scientists on the team exploring anticipatory effects of new AI technologies and the social dimensions of technology development and adoption.

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Publications

Burch, K. (2021). Attending to messy troubles of the Anthropocene with institutional ethnography and material semiotics: The case for vital institutional ethnography. In P. C. Luken & S. Vaughan (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of institutional ethnography. (pp. 483-504). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-54222-1_25

Legun, K., & Burch, K. (2021). Robot-ready: How apple producers are assembling in anticipation of new AI robotics. Journal of Rural Studies, 82, 380-390. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.01.032

Burch, K. (2020). [Review of the book Food safety after Fukushima: Scientific citizenship and the politics of risk]. Japanese Studies, 40(1), 101-103. doi: 10.1080/10371397.2019.1698945

Burch, K., Legun, K., & Campbell, H. (2020). Exploring transdisciplinary co-design as an intra-active engagement: Insights for STS scholars. Proceedings of the European Association for the Study of Science & Technology and Society for Social Studies of Science Joint Conference (EASST/4S): Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds. (pp. 118). Retrieved from https://www.easst4s2020prague.org

Burch, K. A. (2019). When overflow is the rule: The evolution of the transnational nuclear assemblage and its technopolitical tools for framing human–radionuclide relationality. Geoforum, 107, 66-76. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.10.011

Chapter in Book - Research

Burch, K. (2021). Attending to messy troubles of the Anthropocene with institutional ethnography and material semiotics: The case for vital institutional ethnography. In P. C. Luken & S. Vaughan (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of institutional ethnography. (pp. 483-504). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-54222-1_25

Burch, K., Legun, K., & Campbell, H. (2018). Not defined by the numbers: Distinction, dissent and democratic possibilities in debating the data. In J. Forney, C. Rosin & H. Campbell (Eds.), Agri-environmental governance as an assemblage: Multiplicity, power, and transformation. (pp. 127-144). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Legun, K., & Burch, K. (2021). Robot-ready: How apple producers are assembling in anticipation of new AI robotics. Journal of Rural Studies, 82, 380-390. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2021.01.032

Burch, K. A. (2019). When overflow is the rule: The evolution of the transnational nuclear assemblage and its technopolitical tools for framing human–radionuclide relationality. Geoforum, 107, 66-76. doi: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2019.10.011

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Journal - Research Other

Burch, K. (2020). [Review of the book Food safety after Fukushima: Scientific citizenship and the politics of risk]. Japanese Studies, 40(1), 101-103. doi: 10.1080/10371397.2019.1698945

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K., Legun, K., & Campbell, H. (2020). Exploring transdisciplinary co-design as an intra-active engagement: Insights for STS scholars. Proceedings of the European Association for the Study of Science & Technology and Society for Social Studies of Science Joint Conference (EASST/4S): Locating and Timing Matters: Significance and Agency of STS in Emerging Worlds. (pp. 118). Retrieved from https://www.easst4s2020prague.org

Burch, K. (2018). Not defined by the numbers: Distinction, dissent and democratic possibilities in debating the data. Proceedings of the International Sociological Association (ISA) XIX World Congress of Sociology. (pp. 172). Madrid, Spain: International Sociological Association. [Abstract]

Burch, K., Legun, K., & Campbell, H. (2017). Not defined by the numbers: Distinction, dissent and democratic possibilities in debating the data following Tokyo Electric Power Company's nuclear disaster. Proceedings of the Asian Conference on Cultural Studies, Asian Conference on Asian Studies, and International Conference on Japan & Japan Studies: Global Realities: Precarious Survival and Belonging. (pp. 54). Retrieved from https://accs.iafor.org/accs2017/#programme

Burch, K., Legun, K., & Campbell, H. (2017). Not defined by the numbers: Distinction, dissent and democratic possibilities in debating the data. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Respect Existence or Expect Resistance. (pp. 15). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/saanz

Burch, K. (2017). Not defined by the numbers: Authenticity and democracy in debating the data. Proceedings of the 24th International Conference of Agri-food Research Network (Agrifood XXIV). (pp. 16). Retrieved from https://afrn.co/agrifood-conference

Burch, K. (2015). Fighting for food safety in post-Fukushima Japan: How consumers are challenging the governance of regulations of radionuclides in the food system. Proceedings of the Agrifood Research Network Conference (Agrifood XXII). Retrieved from http://www.otago.ac.nz/agrifood-2015/index.html

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Burch, K. A. (2018). 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 (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://ourarchive.otago.ac.nz/handle/10523/8084

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