I have been conducting research on aging and care in Japan since 2005. I have been continually inspired by all of the people I have met through my research, some of whom have become collaborators, friends, advisers, and mentors.
In 2015 I was awarded an Enhancing Life Project Early Career Award to conduct ethnographic research on the meanings of family caregiving and the experience of compassion in the UK and Japan. I am currently working on a monograph comparing Japanese and UK caregiver experiences.
My next project (2018-20) funded by an SSRC Abe Fellowship, will focus on older ex-offenders in Japan and England. I will work with volunteer groups in both countries to try to understand why more older people are committing crimes and being sent to prison than ever before.