PhD Student, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
ESRC Policy Intern, CSaP Policy Intern (January 2017 – April 2017)
Makoto began his three month policy internship in January 2017. A PhD student in the Department of Geography, he studies risk management and communication, with a special interest in intractable policy controversies. Society cannot function without taking measured risks. But the effort to establish consensus on how much risk is acceptable - and to whom - is never far from controversy. Developing our understanding of how and why particular issues become so bitterly contested promises to inform new interventions in these issues.
Makoto’s current research focuses on the radiation risk debate. Specifically, he examines how expertise is framed in defending, and challenging, Japanese policies on radiation exposure in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster.
Makoto holds a BA and an MPhil in Geography, both awarded by the University of Cambridge. A former winner of the Royal Geographical Society's (RGS) David W. Smith Memorial Prize, Makoto served as the graduate co-ordinator of the States, Markets and Society (SMS) research cluster from 2015 to 2016. He currently contributes to the Conversation and trains with the British Army Reserve, working toward an Officer’s Commission with the 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion (3MI).