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SOAS South Asia Institute

Dr Mari Miyamoto

BA (Yamaguchi), MA (Kyoto), PhD (Kyoto)


Mari Miyamoto
SOAS South Asia Institute

Newton International Fellow

Tibetan Studies

Member, Tibetan Studies Group

Dr Mari Miyamoto
Email address:
+44(0)20 7898 4281
21/22 Russell Square
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Mari Miyamoto is a Newton International Fellow working at the SOAS South Asia Institute. She has analysed divers processes of cultural interpretations of global political issues such as "democracy" as well as “environmental conservation” in people's everyday lives. Her current interest lies in plural interpretations of “secularism” and religious integration in Bhutan as a multireligious society in the Himalaya. 

She obtained her Ph.D from Kyoto University in the field of political anthropology working on cultural politics of environmentalism in contemporary Bhutan for which she did intensive ethnographical fieldwork in Bhutan.

After the completion of her Ph.D., she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Kyoto University (2009),Hokkaido University (2009-2011) and at the National Museum of Ethnology (2011-2014). She also taught at Tsukuba University (2011), Kobe University (2012), Osaka University (2012-13) and Ritsumeikan University (2012-2014).

Miyamoto received an award by the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS) for her artcle “Cultural politics of forest grazing and cattle slaughtering: environment policy and pastoralists in a national park of Bhutan”.