Eiko investigates modern Japanese intellectual history of the humans and non-humans relationship at the intersection of Science and Humanities. Her current research delineates the history of interdisciplinary knowledge-system based on the biology of microbes, as once practised by the naturalist and polymath Minakata Kumagusu (1867-1941) through Buddhist epistemology. In parallel to her DPhil, she explores the implications of such histories to formes of knowledge-making required in facing the climate crisis today. Her work received the Grand Prize for the Toshiba International Foundation's competition on the future research agenda for Japanese Studies (2019).
Her recent publications include "Undoing the Discipline: History in the Time of Climate Crisis and COVID-19" in the Journal for the History of Environment and Society (co-authored with Amanda Power and Iva Peša, forthcoming), "Knowledge without Supremacy: Japanese Studies in the Face of Global Ecological Crisis" for the Toshiba International Foundation 30th Anniversary Competition (2019), a book review on "Japanese Environmental Philosophy (2017, Oxford University Press)" in European Journal of Japanese Philosophy (2018), "Political Ecology of Art and Architecture in Japan: 100 Years Ago and Now" in Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art: Political Ecology in East Asia (2016), “’Planetary’ Knowledge? Moving Beyond Internationalism” in 5: Designing Media Ecology: The Anthropocene and Our Post-natural Future (Tokyo, 2016) and a chapter “On Atomic Subjectivity” in The Nuclear Culture Source Book (London, 2016). She has been a core member of the Climate Crisis Thinking in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2019-present), co-founded the Oxford Environmental History Network at the Centre for Global History (2018), and co-organised the international PG and ECR workshop “Ecologies of Knowledge and Practice: Japanese Studies and the Environmental Humanities” at St Antony’s College, Oxford (2017). Her research has been supported by the History Faculty, Toshiba International Foundation, Japan Foundation and the Endowment Committee, GB Sasakawa, Oxford Sasakawa, British Association for Japanese Studies, and Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust among many others.
Prior to DPhil, Eiko worked as a curator and writer of contemporary art and ideas in London, specialising in transdisciplinary projects of art, science, and technologies in the context of Anglo-Asian historical relations. She was awarded Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs curatorial fellowship (2013-2016) for her to developed various public exhibition and education programmes on the topic. She continues to take part in public engagement work as an academic. Recent PE ranges from BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking, a documentary by the NHK World, to a local radio programme in countryside Japan and participation to public talk events at alternative cultural platforms, galleries, and a national think-tank.