Balancing environmental sustainability, economic development and livelihoods

ESRC DFID logoIn 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‚Äôs 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).