I’m a journalist and researcher based in Amsterdam focusing on climate change and the intersection of people, culture and their environment.
My work has been published in The Financial Times, WIRED UK, The Atlantic, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Quartz, The Japan Times, Matter, and Tokyo Art Beat. I’ve worked as a tech reporter for Reuters in Tokyo and for the major Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun. I’ve written about technology, architecture, design, art, the Fukushima nuclear clean-up, feminism, Bolivian bonds, bitcoin and whisky. I like to dig into a topic and breathe, sleep, eat nothing else for weeks or months… before moving on to a new obsession.
I have 5+ years experience as a design researcher, working in Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and Zimbabwe for STBY and Jan Chipchase’s design research agency Studio D Radiodurans. I’m adept at leading, running and supporting qualitative research projects and have experience in ethnographic interviews, co-creation and stakeholder workshops, group interviews, diary studies, experience/empathy mapping, concept testing, probes, design jams, and more.
I ran an investigative research project at the Asia Pacific Initiative Foundation, a thinktank in Tokyo, into the contemporary Japanese living environment and its lessons for the rest of the world, that culminated in six articles published in The Financial Times, Quartz, and The Japan Times.
I also work as a copywriter, editor and translator for clients including leading Dutch architectural studios Bentham Crouwel and Marc Koehler Architects, cutting-edge cultural centre Shibaura House, EIT Climate KIC, and the Amsterdam city government. I’ve proofread several books translated from Japanese and created a bilingual magazine with think/do tank Re:public.
Unusually for a Brit, I have a knack for languages: I speak native-level Japanese and fluent Dutch and Spanish. (I used to speak Italian and German, but the Spanish and the Dutch — ever the aggressive colonisers — took over.) I can do a passable impression of almost any accent from the British Isles.
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