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What is your location? (country, region, city, or other))
Kyoto, Japan and Auckland, NZ
Self-description (yourself or your organisation)
volunteer, experienced, professional, university graduate, researcher, university, institute
Work areas/research interests
ethnobotany, plant ecology and genetics, human ecology, agricultural history, archaeology, museology
Work affiliations (past or present)
(1996-present) National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.
(1995) Freelance editor, Kyoto
(1994) JSPS Research Visitor, Kyoto University, Kyoto.
(1993) Research Visitor, Australian National University,
(1991) Visiting Researcher, National Museum of Ethnology,
(1990) STA Fellow, National Institute for Ornamental Plants, Vegetables, and Tea (NIVOT), Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ano, Japan
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National Museum of Ethnology, Senri Expo Park, Suita City, Osaka, Japan 565-8511
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English, German
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Co-organised 11th International Aroid Conference, Hanoi, Dec. 2013 (see conference website)

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University of Auckland (MSc Botany)
Australian National University (PhD Prehistory).

Member of:
European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association (IPPA)
International Aroid Society (IAS)
Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ)
Society of Economic Botany (SEB)
Society of Writers, Editors and Translators (SWET, Japan)
Tree Croppers Association (New Zealand)
World Archaeology Congress (WAC)

Journal reviewer (various years):
Archaeology in Oceania
Australian Journal of Botany
Economic Botany
Journal of Archaeological Science
Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
New Zealand Journal of Botany
Review of Palaeobotany & Palynology
Senri Ethnological Bulletin
Tropical Agriculture and Development
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What are your favourite local and international research-related journals, newsletters, or popular-science magazines? Please name up to six in total, without ranking
Economic Botany, Ethnobotany Research and Applications, New Scientist, Minpaku Anthropology Newsletter, Archaeology in Oceania
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History of the Research Cooperative

The Research Cooperative was established in 2001 as an not-for-profit initiative. Our first network, The Research Cooperative NZ, operated successfully for seven years, using an open-source system customised by Dr Cees Lensink (Webcase, NZ).

Our new network is based on a generic social-networking system provided by, and offers better security and better communication tools for our members and visitors.

See our introduction in English for further information on the aims and history of the network.

The top logo of our network shows two figures sitting back to back, in red. I made the following version on 30th April 2011 after seeing a great Paul Klee exhibition in Kyoto, where I live.

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Help needed with new site development for Research Cooperative

Posted on January 10, 2015 at 17:12 0 Comments

I will try to send a message to all members in the near future. Meanwhile, anyone, member or visitor, is welcome to visit a new website that is being developed for our network, The Research Cooperative.

The new site is being built with Ning 3.0, the social networking platform that will eventually replace Ning 2.0, on which our present network is based.


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At 16:17 on September 30, 2014, Svetlana Veselova said…

Dear Prof. Matthews, your proposal to take part in  session  'Archaeology of Disasters' is very interesting for me especialy concerning contemporary events on  border of Russia. I'm not archeologist. But I'think it is very important   explore  the arheology of common consciousness. How the media work with the consciousness? How to work with the media consciousness, causing a rift within the social groups and war.  Comparative analysis of the structure of the media reports for the past six months shows that the Disasters was caused  not by natural hurricanes, typhoons and vicious Social Engineering. Agenda: Arheology of  disasters constructed in the system of knowledge and education

At 11:20 on September 9, 2014, Laily Mumtazi-Sims said…

Thanks Peter

I'd be very interested in working on any projects with you that need designing. Collaboration with the  academic mind will be new experience for me, and I could learn a lot from.

At 5:37 on July 30, 2014, Danny Agustin Flores said…
Dr./Prof. Matthews, I hope you enjoyed perusing the book I sent on the recyclability of farm and agro-industrial byproducts for fibre. Thank you for your comments and suggestions.

I am writing to request any of those who might want to receive FREE copies of my trade paperback which I will be sending out in the next month or so in 2014.

As the second Edition is due in 2015 I would also like to whet their appetites for this coming new book in case any show a further interest in their research.


Mr. D. Flores
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