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Makoto Takahashi

Makoto Takahashi

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Makoto is a Fulbright-Lloyd’s Fellow and a Lecturer at the Munich Centre for Technology in Society, TU Munich and was a visiting research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Science, Technology and Society. His core interests lie in how societies come to understand technological risks and how they decide who can credibly inform policy. He received his BA, MPhil, and PhD from the University of Cambridge, writing his thesis on how expert authority is claimed and contested in conditions of low public trust. This project drew upon extensive ethnographic fieldwork, conducted in Japan following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, and won the American Association of Geographers’ Jacques May Thesis Prize. Makoto has previously held a Visiting Fellowship at Waseda University (2017) and a Science and Technology Studies (STS) Fellowship at Harvard University (2019). He is currently curating a photography exhibit that explores the legacy of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. Picturing the Invisible opens at the Royal Geographical Society on 25 October 2021.

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