Lab members

Christoph D. D. Rupprecht

I am a geographer working on cities from the perspectives of food, agriculture, green space, degrowth and multispecies/more-than-human thinking. Currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Design, Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation at Ehime University, I’m also a founding member and Director at the non-profit organization FEAST. The Multispecies Sustainability Lab was founded in 2021 as part of my move to Ehime University from the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature.

You can find me at Ehime University (in Japanese), on Twitter, ResearchGate (including CV), Researchmap, and Google Scholar, or veeery seldomly uploading my hobby nature photography.

Ehime University student members

The lab is currently hosting five undergraduate students of Ehime U Department of Environmental Design’s Environmental Sustainability Course (May 2021). Past thesis topics include:

  • Environmental planning for coexistence with cranes and storks in the Uwa basin, Seiyo City

Are you a (graduate) student interested in some of the topics introduced on our research page or covered in some of our publications? Are you thinking about doing your 3rd/4th year research at the Department of Environmental Design in our lab, about pursuing a Master or PhD on a related topic, or looking for an intership?
Please contact Christoph!

Members & friends at large

Lihua Cui

Lihua Cui is a Ph.D. student at Kyoto University. She is a landscape architect who is keen on the link between historical landscape and sustainable urban environmental management. For many years, Cui has been focusing on the microclimate of Japanese gardens and comfortable urban green spaces. Her study interests also include people’s green space use, urban agriculture, and edible landscapes. When she is not working, she spends most of time in the nature, hiking, cycling, and swimming!

Feel free to check out my work at ResearchGate and posts on Instagram.

Kyle Thompson

Kyle Thompson

Co-host of General Intellect Unit podcast, PhD candidate at Utrecht University on the Anticiplay project, author of Dragons and Travellers Tales RPG.

Maya Kovskaya / AMOR MUNDI

Maya Kóvskaya (PhD in Political Science at UC Berkeley, 2009) teaches Multispecies Anthropocene Studies; Post- humanist STS; Ecophilosophical, Political, Cultural, Visual Cultural Theory, and Peircian Semiotics at Chiang Mai University in the Faculty of Social Science. She has published widely on the intersection of the political, cultural, and ecological with semiotics, performative and visual culture, and the Anthropocene condition. She heads the multidisciplinary Multispecies Ecological Worldmaking Lab at CMU. Current research entails rethinking the human in a more-than-human world towards conceptualizing a “politics beyond the human and a multispecies polity.” She examines etiologies of the “Anthroposupremocene” in the philosophical underpinnings and workings of the invidious, hierarchical division between humans and the more-than-human world that accompanied the historical, contingent, constitutive species-rupturing alienation of Western Humanist “Man/Anthropos” from “Nature.” Current field research includes a collaborative multispecies project on viral, human, and elephant entanglements in Northern Thailand, and a collaboration with a marine biologist in the Gulf of Thailand on climate change, human disturbance, biodiversity loss, extinction, multispecies ecological niche co-creation, trophic cascades, and eco-semiosis in coral reefs.

You can find Maya at Academia.edu, Chiang Mai University and ResearchGate, and of course the AMOR MUNDI Multispecies Ecological Worldmaking Lab.

Chris Berthelsen

Chris Berthelsen is based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa – formerly known as Auckland, New Zealand. He explores environments for creative activity, resident-led modification of the everyday environment, and alternative education(s). He is a co-founder of Activities and Research in Environments for Creativity Trust (Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa) and Tanushimaru Institute for Art Research (Fukuoka, Japan).

You can find him at http://small-workshop.info and http://a-small-lab.com.

Astrid Mangnus

I am a postdoctoral researcher working on creative practices aimed at sustainability transformations in the H2020 CreaTures project, a kindred spirit of the Multispecies Sustainability Lab. I am based at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development (Utrecht University). In my PhD, I explored the use of various experimental ways to think about and act on sustainable futures. I am still fascinated with breaking through sustainability deadlocks with art, play, community organization and radically new ways of thinking.
You can find my work at my UU staff page and ResearchGate. Feel free to connect with me on Twitter (@astridmangnus) or LinkedIn.

Ayako Kawai

I am a human ecologist and lecturer at Kagawa University. My research focuses on sustainable human-nonhuman relationships, especially on crop diversity and plant breeding. My interest also includes multispecies thinking and post-capitalist possibilities.

You can find me at ResearchGate.

The FEAST team

Our lab is best friends with the FEAST NPO and it’s team!

Former lab members

Dr Minseo Kim

Before this lab was founded in 2021, Dr Kim graduated from Chiba University in 2019 under the co-supervision of Christoph Rupprecht with a thesis combining ecological and social analysis of informal greenspaces in Ichikawa City.