I’m an independent journalist and photographer focusing on biocultural diversity, traditional knowledge and food sovereignty across the Mediterranean and West Asia.
I specialize in writing and photographing features about traditional land and water stewardship, traditional agricultural and culinary practices and their relationships with culture, biodiversity and a changing climate. In my work, I seek to illuminate the interconnections between biological and cultural diversity, the importance of their preservation and what their often-converging loss means. I’m drawn to drylands, mountains and other remote corners and places in between and curious about what we can learn from the communities that inhabit them. I hope my work fosters curiosity, reciprocity with the environment and a sense of wonder and accountability towards our embattled but magnificent world.
My work has appeared in the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Atlas Obscura, Al Jazeera, Nature Middle East, The New Humanitarian, Equal Times, Weapons of Reason, EATEN: The Food History Magazine, The Global Observatory, World Politics Review, Open Canada, Justice Info, Middle East Eye, Al-Fanar Media and others, and has been supported by journalism fund.eu
In addition to writing and photography, I also provide editing and research services.
I hold a MSc. in Human Security from Aarhus University and a BA in Geography, with distinction, from the University of Victoria. I’m currently on the move after chapters in an Andalusian village, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Egypt. I’m always working on my Spanish, and I’m studying Persian in fits and starts.
For commissions, collaborations, story ideas or to say hello: kira.a.walker[at]gmail[dot]com or +34 625 952 495 ( Signal / Telegram / WhatsApp )