I have a PhD in East Asian Studies (Japanese) from Ca’ Foscari University (Venezia). Between 2005-2007 I was a visiting researcher at Hosei University (Tokyo) and post-doctoral research fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Before arriving at Manchester in 2013 I spent six years in New Zealand, working at the University of Otago as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Asian Religions.
Between 2017-2020 I was the Director of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership, a consortium sponsored by the AHRC of seven universities and HEIs. It offers postgraduate studentships, supervision, training and skills development across the full range of the Arts and Humanities disciplines.
My main research area is religion in contemporary Japan, with a focus on groups founded from the 1970s onwards. My publications include: (with Ian Reader) Dynamism and the Ageing of a Japanese 'New' Religion ( 2019); (edited with Jane Caple) Religious Authority in East Asia: Materiality, Media and Aesthetics Special Issue of Asian Ethnology 78,1 (2019); Media and New Religions in Japan (2016); (edited with Ian Reader) Aftermath: the Impact and Ramifications of the Aum Affair. Special Issue of the Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 39 (1), 2012; (edited with Ian Reader and Birgit Staemmler (eds), Japanese Religions on the Internet: Innovation, Representation and Authority (2011).