My research interests focus most broadly on gender, identity, and well being. My masters thesis explored issues of identity in Japan, specifically in the Ainu community. However, for my doctoral and post-doctoral work I turned to the construction of gendered identities among irregular workers in the 2000s. In particular I have analysed the construction of masculinities among freeters (part-time workers aged 15-34 who are not housewives or students). In addition to writing about gender, masculinities and labour, I have written on family relationships and intimacy. My current research focuses on the lives of people with food allergies in Japan and the UK and how such allergies are experienced and understood both by the individual with allergies and the people surrounding them. This research looks phenomenologically at bodily experience of allergy sufferers and also their interactions with medical knowledge.