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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., & Legun, K. (2021). What is a plant? Constructing robot ontologies through sensors and code. Proceedings of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting. (pp. 518). Retrieved from https://www.4sonline.org

O'Connor, M., & Burch, K. (2021). How will new agricultural technologies affect everyday agricultural work? The case of a VR-training tool for use in vineyards in Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Sociology in the 21st Century: Wellbeing, Engagement and Sustainability. (pp. 35). Lincoln, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, Sport and Society, Lincoln University. Retrieved from https://www.saanz.net/saanz-conference-2021

Gounder, S., & Burch, K. (2021). Pacific migrant labour meets artificially intelligent AgTech: Collaboratively shaping equitable transitions toward more automated vineyards and orchards in Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Sociology in the 21st Century: Wellbeing, Engagement and Sustainability. (pp. 25). Lincoln, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, Sport and Society, Lincoln University. Retrieved from https://www.saanz.net/saanz-conference-2021

Burch, K., & Legun, K. (2021). Robot ontologies: Knowing plants, vineyards and orchards through sensors and code. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Sociology in the 21st Century: Wellbeing, Engagement and Sustainability. (pp. 15). Lincoln, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, Sport and Society, Lincoln University. Retrieved from https://www.saanz.net/saanz-conference-2021

Nafus, D., Schooler, E. M., & Burch, K. A. (2021). Carbon-responsive computing: Changing the nexus between energy and computing. Energies, 14, 6917. doi: 10.3390/en14216917

Burch, K. (2021, May). Managing intellectual property in the context of collaborative design: Prioritizing responsiveness in the co-deign of new robotic technologies for agriculture. Centre for Sustainability Seminar, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

Other Research Output

Burch, K. (2018, March). 'Safe food' governance after the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster. Pacific Media Center (PMC) Seminar, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Auckland, New Zealand. [Research Seminar].

Other Research Output

Burch, K. (2017, June). Not defined by the numbers: Distinction, dissent and democratic possibilities in debating the data following Tokyo Electric Power Company's nuclear disaster. Center for Tourism Research (CTR) Sustainability Unit Seminar, Wakayama University, Wakayama, Japan. [Seminar presentation].

Other Research Output

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

Chapter in Book - Research

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.

Chapter in Book - Research

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

Journal - Research Article

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

Journal - Research Article

Nafus, D., Schooler, E. M., & Burch, K. A. (2021). Carbon-responsive computing: Changing the nexus between energy and computing. Energies, 14, 6917. doi: 10.3390/en14216917

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

Journal - Research Other

Burch, K. (2021). Building responsible AI and robotic agri-technologies through response-able co-design: Intellectual property decisions as an everyday opportunity to practice responsible research and innovation. Proceedings of Just Food: Because It Is Never Just Food: Joint Conference of the Association for the Study of Food & Society (ASFS), Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society (AFHVS), Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS), & The Society for the Anthropology of Food & Nutrition (SAFN). Retrieved from https://www.food-culture.org/2021-conference

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K., & Legun, K. (2021). Located response-abilities in technology production: Reimagining the role of social scientists in responsible research and innovation. Proceedings of the Inaugural Antipodean Responsible Innovation Symposium. Retrieved from https://antipodeanri.wordpress.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K., & Legun, K. (2021). Robot ontologies: Knowing plants, vineyards and orchards through sensors and code. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Sociology in the 21st Century: Wellbeing, Engagement and Sustainability. (pp. 15). Lincoln, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, Sport and Society, Lincoln University. Retrieved from https://www.saanz.net/saanz-conference-2021

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K., & Legun, K. (2021). What is a plant? Constructing robot ontologies through sensors and code. Proceedings of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Annual Meeting. (pp. 518). Retrieved from https://www.4sonline.org

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K., Legun, K., & Campbell, H. (2021). Can we talk about this? The role of intellectual property in the collaborative design of new agricultural technologies. Proceedings of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. Retrieved from https://aag-annualmeeting.secure-platform.com

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K., Legun, K., Nafus, D., & Klerkx, L. (2021). Intellectual property meets collaborative design: Addressing and anticipating IP-induced tensions in the co-design of new artifically intelligent (AI) robotic and human assist technologies for agriculture. Proceedings of the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) & New Zealand Geographical Society (NZGS) Combined Conference. Retrieved from https://www.sydney.edu.au/science/news-and-events/events/iagnzgs2021-conference.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K., Nepia, M., Jones, N., Muru-Lanning, M., & Legun, K. (2021). Relationships matter: New methods of inclusion in co-designing agricultural robotic technologies. Proceedings of The Material Life of Time: The Second International Temporal Belongings Conference. Retrieved from https://www.temporalbelongings.org/programme1.html

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Gounder, S., & Burch, K. (2021). Pacific migrant labour meets artificially intelligent AgTech: Collaboratively shaping equitable transitions toward more automated vineyards and orchards in Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Sociology in the 21st Century: Wellbeing, Engagement and Sustainability. (pp. 25). Lincoln, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, Sport and Society, Lincoln University. Retrieved from https://www.saanz.net/saanz-conference-2021

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Legun, K., & Burch, K. (2021). Can a robot be an expert? The social meaning of skill and its expression through the co-design of autonomous robotics. Proceedings of Just Food: Because It Is Never Just Food: Joint Conference of the Association for the Study of Food & Society (ASFS), Agriculture, Food & Human Values Society (AFHVS), Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS), & The Society for the Anthropology of Food & Nutrition (SAFN). Retrieved from https://www.food-culture.org/2021-conference

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

O'Connor, M., & Burch, K. (2021). How will new agricultural technologies affect everyday agricultural work? The case of a VR-training tool for use in vineyards in Aotearoa New Zealand. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference: Sociology in the 21st Century: Wellbeing, Engagement and Sustainability. (pp. 35). Lincoln, New Zealand: Department of Tourism, Sport and Society, Lincoln University. Retrieved from https://www.saanz.net/saanz-conference-2021

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K. A. (2020). Don't mind your plate! The ontonorms of everyday eating in post-2011 Japan. Proceedings of the Kyoto International Workshop: Consumption and Sustainability: Past, Preset, and Future. Retrieved from https://www.econ.kyoto-u.ac.jp

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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]

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: 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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K. (2016). Fighting for food safety in post-Fukushima Japan: How consumers are challenging the governance and regulation of radionuclides in the food-system. Proceedings of the 3rd International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology: The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World. (pp. 116). Retrieved from https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/forum/vienna-2016

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K. (2016). How is the Japanese food system reorganized following Tokyo Electric Power Company's nuclear disaster? An institutional ethnography from the standpoint of concerned people in the Kansai region of Japan. Proceedings of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand (SAANZ) Conference. Retrieved from www.saanz.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/SAANZ-Conference-Booklet-2016.pdf

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K. (2016). The governance of food safety in post-Fukushima Japan: Is there space for the public's rationalities and experiences to be included in the governance and regulation of risky technologies? Proceedings of the 3rd International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology: The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World. (pp. 116). Retrieved from https://www.isa-sociology.org/FORUM-2016

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

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

Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Burch, K. (2021, February). Can you have responsible research and innovation (RRI) without accountability? Exploring located accountability as a tool for enacting responsible research and innovation of agri-technologies. Verbal presentation at the Australasian Agri-food Research Network (AFRN) Early-Career Symposium: New World, New Food? [Online].

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Burch, K. (2019, December). Robots in the wild: Assembling a carrier bag of theoretical tools and sensibilities for grappling with complex human- robot- more-than-human entanglements on vineyards and orchards, NZ. Verbal presentation at the Agri-Food Research Network Conference (Agri-Food XXVI): Re-Territorialisation Unleashed, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Burch, K. (2018, December). Reconceptualizing environmental challenges through ontological play. Verbal presentation at the 58th Semiannual Seminar of the Japanese Association for Environmental Sociology (JAES), Osaka, Japan.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Burch, K. (2018, October). How do everyday people participate in food policy governance?: Exploring the case of ‘safe food’ in the aftermath of TEPCO’s 2011 nuclear disaster. Verbal presentation at the Kyoto University International Symposium: Food & Sustainability, Kyoto, Japan.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Burch, K. (2016, August). Post-Fukushima management of food safety seen from a bio-cultural perspective. Verbal presentation at the 15th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE), Kampala, Uganda.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Burch, K. A. (2016, August). What happens when radionuclides from nuclear power plants end upon people's dinner plates? Using institutional ethnography as a method to understand how post-Fukushima food safety regulations impact the everyday practices of concerned consumers. Verbal presentation at the The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) 66th Annual Meeting: Globalizing Social Problems, Seattle, USA.

Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

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

Awarded Doctoral Degree

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