Kazuki Yamada

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College: College of Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: QUEX Institute for Global Sustainability and Wellbeing; Rethinking Sexology Project; Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health

I am a PhD researcher with dual affiliation across the University of Exeter (UK) and University of Queensland (Australia), as a recipient of a studentship from the joint QUEX Institute for Global Sustainability and Wellbeing. Within my broad fascination with interdisciplinary approaches to medicine, I am particularly interested in ageing and its intersections with topics such as sexuality and migration. I am supervised by Prof. Kate Fisher and Dr Jana Funke (Exeter), as well as Prof. Peter Cryle and Dr Elizabeth Stephens (Queensland). I am a member of Exeter's Wellcome Trust-funded Rethinking Sexology research project and Queensland's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH), as well as a Centre Associate at the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health.

My current project, 'Later Life Sexuality and its Genealogies of Knowledge: The Sciences of Sex and Ageing c.1850-1980' (working title), serves as a qualitative contribution to the Healthy Ageing strand of the QUEX Institute and examines the formation of scientific knowledges around ageing and sexuality. I trace shifts in understandings of the sexual older person across the intellectual genealogies of the (Western) sciences of sex and ageing beginning in the mid-nineteenth century to historicise how later life sexuality is conceptualised today. Within this, I pay particular attention to how diverse and often contradictory theories of sexual ageing were made possible by sociohistorically specific ways in which models of sex and time intertwined within scientific thought.  

Prior to joining the QUEX Institute, I worked as a full-time research and communications consultant for the World Health Organization's Department of Ageing and Life Course in Geneva, Switzerland. I have also been affiliated with HelpAge International at their London secretariat. I hold an MA in Ageing & Society from the Institute of Gerontology, King's College London, and a BSc in Life Sciences from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.