PROF. ATSURO MORITA

Osaka University

Atsuro Morita teaches anthropology and science and technology studies (STS) at Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University. He has been particularly interested in appropriate technology development in Thailand, entanglement of traditional and modern water management infrastructures in the Chao Phraya Delta and sustainability movements and their experimental effort to re making infrastructures in Japan.

His latest project is about the Fab Lab movement in Japan and its experimental project to create circular economy based civic participation to manufacturing and repair.

In these projects, he has closely worked with engineers to explore intersection between technical design and social organization. Due to his extensive collaboration with Danish and Dutch STS scholars, he is also familiar with application of ethnography in participatory design and computer supported cooperative work (CSCW).

These experiences have led him to the emergent field of design anthropology to explore further collaboration with designers. In 2018 he established Ethnography Lab Osaka as a platform for collaboration between anthropology and design.

His has widely published in international journals of anthropology and STS. He is also a co-editor of Infrastructures and Social Complexity: A Companion (co-edited with C.B. Jensen and P. Harvey, from Routledge).