Katrina Moore



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.

Research Areas

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.

Teaching areas

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



    Moore K, 2014, The Joy of Noh: Embodied Learning and Discipline in Urban Japan, State University of New York Press, http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5841-the-joy-of-noh.aspx
    Book Chapters
    Shea JL; Moore K; Zhang, H, 2020, 'Contemporary trends in and future directions for aging and caregiving in east Asian societies', in Beyond Filial Piety. Rethinking aging and caregiving in east Asian societies., Berghahn, New York
    Shea JL; Moore K; Zhang H, 2020, 'Introduction to Beyond Filial Piety: Rethinking aging and caregiving in east Asian societies', in Beyond Filial Piety: Rethinking aging and caregiving in east Asian societies., Berghahn, New Yorik
    Moore K, 2020, 'Who Cares for the Elders? Aging, independence, and interdependence in contemporary Japan', in Beyond Filial Piety: Rethinking aging and caregiving in east Asian societies, Berghahn, New York
    Moore K; Campbell R, 2009, 'Mastery with Age: The Appeal of the Traditional Arts to Senior Citizens in Japan', in Godzik M (ed.), Altern in Japan, edn. Original, Verlag, Munich, pp. 223 - 251, http://www.dijtokyo.org/publications/japanstudien_21_altern
    Conference Papers
    Moore K, 2019, 'Older Adults' Perceptions of Services Provided to Enable Healthy Living in East Asia', in Whitelaw A; Treloar C (ed.), UNSW, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, UNSW, 09 September 2019 - 11 September 2019
    Edited Books
    Shea, J; Zhang, H; Moore, K; Moore K, (eds.), 2020, Shea J; Zhang H; Moore K, 2020. Beyond Filial Piety: Rethinking Ageing and Caregiving in Contemporary East Asian Societies. New York and Oxford: Berghahn.
    Journal articles
    Moore K, 2017, 'A Spirit of Adventure in Retirement: Japanese Baby Boomers and the Ethos of Interdependence', Anthropology and ageing, vol. 38, pp. 10 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.5195/aa.2017.159
    Moore KL, 2013, 'Transforming Identities through Dance: Amateur Noh Performers' Immersion in Leisure', Japanese Studies, vol. 33, pp. 263 - 277, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10371397.2013.831732
    Moore K, 2012, 'Singing in the Workplace: Salarymen and Amateur No Performance', Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 29, pp. 164 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/atj.2012.0011
    Moore K, 2008, 'The Pursuit of Healthy Longevity: Leisure, Gender, and Sociality in Aging Japan', Harvard Asia Quarterly, vol. 11, pp. 32 - 41
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