Biography

Research Interests

Cultural sociology, music education, dementia care, sociology of ageing, disability studies, cultural comparative studies, evaluative studies,

Research Skills

Ethnographic study, participatory action research, qualitative research, data analysis (NVivo), questionnaire design, language teaching, international collaborative research, (international) marketing, business development, public relations.

Current

Postdoctoral researcher at Hedmark University of Applied Science, Norway

Education

2008 – 2013 Ph.D., Sociology, University of Exeter, UK

Ph.D. investigating the use of music in therapeutic settings with people who had dementia and their carers. The evaluation that emerged from this formed part of my Ph.D. thesis and focused on discovering if and how the project had improved the circumstances of the people involved.

2005 – 2007 M.A., Kobe University, Japan

M.A. based on ethnographic research with residents of care facilities who participated in music therapy sessions.

1996 – 2000 B.A., Manhattanville College, Purchase, USA

Major in music, minor in music management

Work

2012 – 2013 Affiliated researcher, Graduate School of Human Development and Environment – Kobe University, Japan

Researching alternative means for sustainable care in ageing societies, comparative study between Japan, UK and Norway.

2010 – 2011 Workshop facilitator, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Exeter, UK

Facilitated workshops for medical school students in collaboration with a psychiatrist. Duties involved planning and liaising with a team of academics about the content of the workshops and presenting methods and results of own research.

2009 Teaching Assistant, Sociology Department, University of Exeter, UK

Worked as a teaching assistant in the social theory and music sociology modules. Duties involved running supplementary classes and discussion groups for undergraduate students.

2007 – 2008 English teacher, Otemae University, Hyogo, Japan

Taught one year English course to undergraduate students. Key responsibilities included lesson planning, teaching and grading. Also facilitated use of mobile phones to practice English.

2004 – 2005 Marketing administrator, Universal Studios, Osaka, Japan

Worked as an administrator at the Marketing Planning office which was responsible for planning new marketing strategies for the Universal Studios theme park.

2000 – 2004 Marketer/International Developer of vocational education, The Human Co. Ltd. Japan

Worked two years as marketer and project planner in the Music, Entertainment and Language education department and two years as an international developer. Responsibilities ranged from marketing the courses and schools in and out of Japan, finding and liaising with partner universities in North America to developing marketing strategies in Japan and Korea for a new language school in San Diego and Japan.

Languages

  • Japanese (mother tongue)
  • English (fluent business and academic use)
  • Norwegian (working towards Norskprøve 3)