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).

What do shifting sands mean for island life?

What do shifting sands mean for island life?

By Alex Arnall and Uma Kothari Pristine white sand running into the azure blue sea is the stereotypical tourist image in the Maldives. But what processes, mobilities and decisions affect the shifting sands around the islands themselves? By exploring the diverse ways...

Everyday lives at sea and in port

Everyday lives at sea and in port

In November 2018, the research team visited two inhabited islands in North Malé Atoll to learn more about people’s everyday lives, particularly in relation to tuna fishing. On many islands, although fishing is not a commonplaces as it once was, the practice is still...

Everyday Lives at the Royal Geography Society

Everyday Lives at the Royal Geography Society

Alex Arnall attended the Royal Geographical Society Annual Conference in Cardiff in August 2018. He presented the latest research from the project in a session that explored the visual images of seascapes. Alex’s presentation examined how managers of luxury tourist...