Dr Shiori Shakuto

Postdoctoral Fellow Asia Research Institute National University of Singapore
Lecturer Tembusu College National University of Singapore

Shiori’s research interests lie at the intersection across gender, ageing, environment and migration, with a geographical focus on the movement of people and things from Japan to Southeast Asia. Shiori obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the Australian National University in 2017.

Applying emerging insights in anthropology to longstanding debates about shifting gender norms, her research covers wide range of topics from an analysis of ageing and lifecourse to more recently focus on environmental disaster and waste.

She has explored these themes through long-term ethnographic research on the rise of companionate marriage ideals among Japanese retirement community in Malaysia and, more recently, on gendered response to Fukushima disaster and the use of digital technologies by transnational evacuees in Southeast Asia. She hopes to track the social lives of plastic waste from Japan to Malaysia in the coming years.

She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Asian Migration Cluster of the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Prior to Singapore, she worked at teamLab Kids, the Japanese digital art collective that tries to blur the boundaries between art and science, digital and non-digital, and human and nature.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.