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Sonja Ganseforth

Sonja Ganseforth
Principal Researcher
Social Sciences, Human Geography
Head of research group 'Future of Local Communities'
Since March 2017

ganseforth@dijtokyo.org

Sonja Ganseforth has received her doctorate from the University of Leipzig and the DFG graduate school “Critical Junctures of Globalization” after studying Arab Studies, Japanese Studies, and German as a Foreign Language in Leipzig, Kyoto, and Damascus for her Magister degree. Her dissertation dealt with Japanese development politics in the Middle East and was published in 2016 with Transcript. Her main research interests include the social geography of globalizing agrifood systems, commons and property rights in natural resources, the political ecology of food, rural livelihoods, development discourses, and social movements in Japan. At DIJ she is conducting research on Japanese fisheries and sustainability discourses.

Current DIJ Projects

Japan’s “blue economies”? Japanese firms in the restructuring of the global seafood trade

Fishing communities between growth and demise

What is the "local"? - Rethinking the politics of subnational spaces in Japan