Julia Mariko Jakoby

Julia Mariko Jacoby
(c) Forschungsverbund „Kulturen des Kompromisses“

Julia Mariko Jacoby

Julia Mariko Jacoby is an environmental historian with a focus on early modern and modern history of Japan. She received an interdisciplinary academic training at the University of Freiburg, majoring in Modern and Contemporary History, with Latin and Geology as minors. She also earned her PhD at the University of Freiburg in 2021, with a dissertation on “Disaster Prevention in Japan 1885–1978: Natural Disasters, Scientific Expertise, and Global Transfers of Knowledge.” In her dissertation, she examined the impact of natural disasters on Japanese society and the implementation of strategies against them, and thus traced the development of the modern disaster preparedness regime in Japan, setting it into the context of global expert knowledge production and circulation of disaster related knowledge. Mariko’s PhD research has led her to the Universities of Tokyo and Osaka, as well as the University of Constance and the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Since February 2022, she is a Postdoc at the research group “Cultures of Compromise” at the University of Duisburg-Essen. In her new project, she researches compromise as a central means to manage resource conflicts in early modern Japan and its legacies. 

Research interests

Mariko is interested in the intersections between different historical disciplines such as environmental history, history of science, economic and legal history, as well as global history. Her research focuses on the interplay between humans and their environment, the influence of materials and places on knowledge production, social structures and practices.