About

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I’m a writer and ethnographer who explores the intersection of people, culture and their environment.

I currently work as a design researcher at STBY (pronounced “Standby”) in Amsterdam,.

An anthropology major and trained journalist with native-level Japanese, I worked for the major Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun and then as a tech reporter for Reuters in Tokyo before becoming a design researcher and freelance writer. I’ve written about technology, architecture, design, art, the Fukushima nuclear clean-up, Bolivian bonds, bitcoin and whisky. My work has been published in The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, Quartz, The Japan Times, Matter, and Tokyo Art Beat.

As an ethnographer I’ve worked with Jan Chipchase’s design research agency Studio D on projects in Japan and Zimbabwe.

As a researcher I led a six-month investigation into Japan’s living environment for the Rebuild Japan Initiative Foundation.

As an editor, I work with Tokyo design firm AQ to produce case studies, essays and blog posts that communicate the value of their work. I’ve also proofread several books translated from Japanese.

The projects that excite me the most are the ones that better people’s lives, whether by highlighting labour abuses, unhealthy environments, or identifying opportunities for economic empowerment.

I have a talent for words and a knack for picking up languages (so far, in addition to Japanese, I speak Dutch, Spanish, a spattering of Italian, and can pull up an assorted ragbag of words from German, Polish, Shona…). I am British-Irish and have the infallible dry sense of humour that comes with such a heritage.

When I’m not writing, you can find me practicing cartwheels in parks around Amsterdam or making vats of kimchi.

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Get in touch at slknight16 [at] gmail [dot] com.

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