Everyday lives in the Maldives

Balancing environmental sustainability, economic development and livelihoods

In many countries, getting the balance right between economic development and protection of the natural environment can be a major challenge. This is particularly the case when people have different perspectives on the best way to manage sensitive natural environments or when the plans of developers conflict with the priorities and values of local populations.

Everyday Lives in the Maldives is an 18 month research project, beginning October 2017, to address these issues.

We are exploring the relationship between tourism development and environmental sustainability, and its impact on the lives and livelihoods of small-island communities, through the following research questions:

  • What is the relationship between tourism development, environmental sustainability and the livelihood strategies of people living in island communities?
  • How does the global tourist industry affect livelihoods in island communities?
  • How do people’s priorities and values coincide/differ, and how are differences negotiated and resolved?

 

 

 

This is a collaborative research project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) and Department for International Development (DFID).

Internship experiences with ENDEVOR and Everyday Lives

Internship experiences with ENDEVOR and Everyday Lives

By Fareen Interning with ENDEVOR during my summer break has given me many important insights into research work and has contributed immensely to developing my research interests. During my four-week involvement in the project, I had the opportunity to go on fieldwork...

Postcolonial Representations of Travel and Tourism

Postcolonial Representations of Travel and Tourism

Uma Kothari presented a paper at the Inaugural Critical Tourism Studies Asia-Pacific Conference at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 3-6 March 2018. This cutting-edge conference brought together leading academics and practitioners to critically address...