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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
Preferred means of contact
Mail via my profile mail box
Postal address (work) or other contact details
National Museum of Ethnology, Senri Expo Park, Suita City, Osaka, Japan 565-8511
Preferred language(s) for correspondence
English, German
Further details - e.g. working languages, short CV, reason(s) for joining this network
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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Spaceship Earth - a 50th Anniversary

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 19:30 0 Comments

In 1966, the London-based political scientist Barbara Ward published a book titled Spaceship Earth (Columbia University Press: New York, 152 pp.).

She wrote at a time when the revolutionary impacts of computers and global communication were becoming evident.

Now, 50 years later, her ideas seem prescient.

"...the process of change is accelerating. Technology and science have become the common mode of human living and are invading every human institution and…


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At 1:56 on January 14, 2016, Michele lesure said…
Thank you for your thoughtful letter introducing me to the Research Cooperative. I see that you have experience in archeology; I have experience from a field school and a couple of digs for private companies. Thank you once again for your hospitality and look forward to sharing resources.
At 18:43 on December 3, 2015, Isam Eldin H. Elgailani said…

Dear Peter J. Matthews

How are you. Thank you very much for joining me to this respect group . I sure will get more benefits from it by discussing our topic with each other regarding chemical research. 

Regards and Best wishes

Dr. Isam Eldin Elgailani

At 18:16 on August 19, 2015, sagna.a said…

Dear peter

I have completed my MSc in botany From Madras Christian College,Chennai.I have done a work on the ethnomedicinal Knowledge of Kattunaika Tribes of Wayanad in Kerala District.Now am working as a Junior Research Fellow in Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden Research institute,Plaode. Am very much interested in Ethnobotanical works and want to do my best to the real heroes of the nature,and thereby for the betterment of my society.I would also like to do Phd in ethnobotany related field, in abroad.But for me financial is a problem but have enough willpower and determination.So i would like you to suggest me any possible ways to achieve my goal.

Thank you


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