Dr Katrina Moore

M.A, Ph.D. Harvard University
School of Social Sciences


+61 (2) 9385 2833
+61 (2) 9385 1040
Room 167, Morven Brown
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social and Cultural Anthropology
Tags: Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage



Katrina Moore is a sociocultural anthropologist who 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.

Katrina supervises postgraduate and honours students 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

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.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Areas of Supervision
Gender Dynamics, Ageing

Current Postgraduate Research Supervision
Ham Shian Boo, Sociology, gender division of household labor in Malaysia

NIcodemus Lim, Social Work, communities of care in Australia and Singapore

Katrina teaches courses on the life-course, living and dying, technology and culture, and contemporary Japanese society.

Teaching areas

Old Age and Ageing, Birth and Death, Life Cycle, Culture and Society

Current teaching

ARTS 1871 Researching Cultural Experience
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




    Book Chapters

    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 KL, 2012, 'Singing in the workplace: Salarymen and amateur n? performance', Asian Theatre Journal, vol. 29, pp. 164 - 182, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/atj.2012.0011
    • Moore KL, 2010, 'Sexuality and sense of self in later life: Japanese men's and women's reflections on sex and aging', Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, vol. 25, pp. 149 - 163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10823-010-9115-9
    • Moore K, 2008, 'The Pursuit of Healthy Longevity: Leisure, Gender, and Sociality in Aging Japan', Harvard Asia Quarterly, vol. 11, pp. 32 - 41

    Conference Papers

    • Moore K, 2011, 'Creating An Inclusive Classroom: Exploring Technology Enabled Learning and Teaching's Potential to Help Diverse Students Thrive in a Massifying University', in INTED 2011 Proceedings, IATED, Valencia Spain, presented at International Technology Education and Development Conference, Valencia Spain, 07 - 09 March 2011, http://library.iated.org/view/MOORE2011CRE


My teaching practice is informed by anthropology’s intellectual commitments, which are to explore diversity, understand the historical and cultural contingency of human reality, and move away from reductionism toward exploring the multiplicity of social worlds.These intellectual commitments inform both the content of my curriculum, and the social relations of my classroom. I aim to create an inclusive classroom that takes account of, and draws upon, student diversity and also exposes students to diverse experiences.

I currently teach the following courses at UNSW:

ARTS 3883 Personhood in Asia (S1 2018)

ARTS 2877 Technologies, Culture, Society (S1 2018)

ARTS 1871 Researching Cultural Experience (S2 2018)



Professional contribution

Postgraduate Research Completions

Nayana Bibile, (PhD Social Sciences, Anthropology) Cartographies of Resettlement: The Performativity of Containment and the Ontological Uncertainties of Certainty 2016

Teck Huat Lim, (PhD Social Sciences,  Social Work) The meaning of community in community services for older people in Singapore and Australia 2018

Harn shian Boo, (PhD Social Sciences, Sociology) Ethnicity and religiosity in the division of household labour: Malay and Chinese families in Malaysia 2018

Affiliations and membership

Member of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia Executive Committee