Sho Shimoyamada (PhD Graduate 2017)

Thesis title: The Production of Scottish Open Gardens: Differences in Perception of Power


I’m a Japanese PhD student in leisure studies at the University. I originally graduated from Tokai University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Leisure Management. I then received a master’s degree with distinction in 2012 from the same university. Having been inspired by a view that sport is just one aspect of leisure, I always try to broaden my mind to achieve the comprehensive understanding of leisure. In my bachelor’s dissertation I problematised an increasing popularity of zero-calorie beverage in order to rethink the meaning of affluence and happiness.

I became interested in the Open Gardens in the UK while I was doing master and received Research Encouragement Award in 2012 at the annual conference of Japan Society of Leisure and Recreation Studies where I first attempted to share my interest in the Open Gardens. As my PhD project I am working on power operations within the co-production of Scottish Open Gardens.


Professional/teaching experience

  • Research Assistant at the Department of Sport and Leisure Management, Tokai University (from May 2010 to September 2010) 
  • Tutor at the Department of Sport and Leisure Management, Tokai University (from April 2010 to March 2011)
  • Studio Assistant at the Student Disability Service, University of Edinburgh (from October 2012 to October 2013)
  • Teaching Assistant at Japanese Studies, University of Edinburgh (From September 2015 to March 2016)
  • Tutor at the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Sciences, Moray House School of Education, the University of Edinburgh (September 2016 - December 2016)

Non-peer-reviewed paper

  • 萩由美子, 栗原毅, 恩田哲也&下山田翔 (2015) 日本の大学におけるスポーツ・レジャーマネジメント教育の現状分析。東海大学体育学部紀要(40), 113-118

Conference presentations

  • Shimoyamada, S. (2017).Heterogeneous power relations between human and non-human agents in Scottish Open Gardens: An Actor-Network perspective. In Enacting Leisure, Re-Creating Leisure. 4-6 July 2017: Leeds Becket University.
  • Shimoyamada, S. (2016). A systematic analysis of power in the human-nature relations and the interpersonal relationships of Scottish Open Gardens. In The Landscapes of Leisure & Tourism: the nexus of space, place and embodied experience, Royal Geographcal Society, 30 August-2 September 2016: Royal Geographical Society.
  • Shimoyamada, S. (2015). Unexpected emergence of naturally occurring data in the context of Open Gardens in Scotland. In Anthropology and the politics of engagement. University of Manchester, 4-5 June 2015. Manchester: Royal Anthropological Institute. 35.
  • Shimoyamada, S. (2015). Show vs. share: Open Gardens as an opportunity to display one's horticultural achievements. In Creating Leisure. University of Bournemouth, 7-9 July 2015. Bournemouth: Leisure Studies Association.