Johnston, Kate Sarah
Kate Johnston is a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies. Her thesis, entitled Following Tuna: sustainability, regulation, community, explores the concepts and practices of sustainability and the sea as a valuable but controversial food source and using the case study of tuna fishing in Italy it looks at how environmental issues and cultural practices and traditions are negotiated. She has recently return from fieldwork in Italy amongst traditional tuna fishing communities predominantly in Sardinia and Sicily.
Kate began her undergraduate degree in environmental science before transferring to social science and majoring in Anthropology at Macquarie University, Sydney. She completed a masters at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. She has presented several conference papers on diverse topics relating to food and culture. As well as undertaking a PhD she is currently a freelance writer and communications consultant working in Sydney's food industry.
ArticlesI miss the ferry to San Pietro, so after a long bus trip winding through the southern Sardinian rocky terrain past gum trees, shrubs, caper plants, and sheep, I take refuge from the rain in a bar at the port. While I order a beer and panini, the owner, a man in his early sixties, begins to chat asking me why I’m heading to the island. For the tuna, I say, to research cultural practices...Read more