Everyday lives in the Maldives

Balancing environmental sustainability, economic development and livelihoods

Alex and Uma attended the Development Studies Association (DSA) annual conference in Manchester in June 2018.

They convened a session entitled, ‘Everyday practices of inequality’. Four papers were presented as part of the session, all of which explored how inequalities are generated, maintained and potentially mitigated on an everyday, routinised basis. Some of the themes explored in the papers included everyday realities of exclusion amongst migrant workers in Seoul, South Korea, time inequalities and waiting for basic services in New Delhi, India, and the inequalities present in work mobilities in Santiago, Chile.

There was a lively discussion following the presentations that raised some important issues including how inequalities can be challenged and addressed in the everyday.

2018 marked the 40th anniversary of the Development Studies Association and also the 60th anniversary of Development Studies at The University of Manchester. Uma Kothari narrated the history of both organisations in a short documentary: