Katrina Moore is a lecturer in sociocultural anthropology and Asian Studies.
She specialises in the anthropology of ageing of East Asia and Japanese culture. Katrina’s research interests revolve around gender, health, and well-being, ageing and caregiving, lifelong learning, and life course transitions and development.
Katrina’s life began in Sydney, Australia with a childhood in Tokyo, Japan where she was exposed to different cultures. She completed an undergraduate degree in Political Economy and Anthropology at the University of Sydney, followed by an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology awarded by Harvard University in 2003 and 2007. Since 2004, she has conducted more than three years of extended fieldwork in Japan. Her research projects include the analysis of gender and marital relationships in later life, lifelong learning in music and theatre among older adults, and social issues surrounding caregiving in Japan.
At the University of New South Wales, Katrina works with a number of programs and centres including the Social and Anthropology program, Asian Studies program, and the Social and Cultural Inquiry Cluster in the School of Social Sciences.
She is currently a member of the Human Research Ethics Advisory Panel B for the Schools of Education, Art and Design, and the Social Sciences, as well as for the Faculty of Law.
Katrina supervises postgraduate and honours students in the Social Sciences.and regularly reviews books and journal articles for anthropology and Japanese studies journals.
Theories of the self, life cycle, ageing and wellbeing, cultures of retirement, later life learning
Current Research Projects
Caregiving in East Asia
Researching population ageing in East Asia, and the implications of changing population dynamics on caregiving relationships in the region. Research focuses on changing values, family obligations, as well as changing intergenerational relationships in the region. .
Past Research Projects
Gender, Ageing, and the Performing Arts in Japan
A book on amateur practitioners of the Noh Theatre and the contributions they make to sustaining this performance art in the 21st century. It focuses on the elderly’s adoption of Noh as a medium of wellbeing creation and social participation in late life.
Current Postgraduate Research Supervision/Areas of Supervision
Ethnography, Food and the Body, Gender Dynamics, Ageing
Katrina teaches courses on the life-course, living and dying, technology and culture, and contemporary Japanese society.
Anthropology, Old Age and Ageing, Birth and Death, Life Cycle, Culture and Society
ARTS 1871 Researching Cultural Experience
ARTS 2872 Living and Dying
ARTS 2877 Technology, Culture, Society
ARTS 3883 Personhood in Asia
Affiliation and Memberships
- Japanese Studies Association of Australia
- Association of Asian Studies
- American Anthropological Association