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Affiliation Specially Appointed Researcher, African Studies Center ‐TUFS
E-mail hitomi_kirikoshitufs.ac.jp
Research Field African area studies, Geography, Ecological anthropology
Key Words Kola,trade,West Africa,commercial network,Niger,Ghana
Research Interest She majored in geography as an undergraduate student and explored the desert landscape of West Africa in graduate school. She has conducted research in the Sahel region of southern Niger, and the savanna and forest zones of Ghana, with a focus on the livelihood of people in semi-arid areas and on the inter-regional and inter-ethnic links forged primarily through the kola nut trade. The human exchange and logistics brought about by this trade are affected by changes in living conditions related to environmental issues, developments in infrastructure, and globalization. She would like to study how people collaborate in western Africa and how they build new relationships with those outside of West Africa including Japan.
Academic Career 2013-2014 Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC2)
2016 The Kyoto University Foundation
Degree PhD (Kyoto University)
Academic Associations Japan Association For African Studies
The Association of Japanese Geographers
The Human Geographical Society of Japan
Japanese Society for Tropical Agriculture(JSTA)
Major Works

Major publications:

Selected presentations:

  • Commercial Network Built on Distribution System of Kola in West Africa, Voices for the future: African Area Studies in a globalizing world, International Symposium, International conference, Oral Presentation(general), 2017
  • Kirikoshi, H. 2016 "Free access to kola nut collection and income opportunities for immigrant women in the cocoa forest zone of southern Ghana." The 15th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology, August 5th, 2017, Kampala, Uganda. (Oral presentation)
  • Kirikoshi H. 2013 "Tree management and Sharing Customs for Famine Food in the Hausa Society of the Sahel Region, West Africa." International Symposium on Conflict Resolution and Coexistence, October 5, 2013, Kyoto, Japan (Poster presentation)
  • Oyama S. and Kirikoshi H. 2011 "Examining the effects and safeties of urban trash input for combating desertification in Sahel, West Africa: the local trials against desertification for REDD." The International Workshop on "Incentive of local community for REDD and semi-domestication of non-timber forest products" March 5, 2011, Kyoto, Japan. (Oral presentation)