Who we are

Project leader

Uma Kothari

Uma is Professor of Migration and Postcolonial Studies and former Director of the Global Development Institute, at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests include international development and humanitarianism and migration, refugees and diasporas. Her research has involved a number of funded projects, most recently an Australian Research Council project on International Volunteering and Cosmopolitanism and a Norwegian Research Council project on Perceptions of Climate Change and Migration.

Her current research is on Visual Solidarity and Everyday Humanitarianism. She has published numerous articles and her books include Participation: the new tyranny?, Development Theory and Practice: critical perspectives, and A Radical History of Development Studies. She was recently made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and conferred the Royal Geographical Society’s Busk Medal for her contributions to research in support of global development.


Research team

Alex Arnall

Alex ArnallAlex is an Associate Professor in Environment and Development at the University of Reading. His research focusses on understanding human responses to environmental change, particularly those concerning migration, displacement and planned resettlement. Most of his research has taken place examining these issues in Mozambique and the Maldives.

Prior to joining Reading, Alex worked at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in the UK on climate change adaptation policy and practice.


Mizna Mohamed

Mizna MohamedMizna’s main research interests concern the environment, particularly human-nature interactions. Mizna has a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Meteorology from the Flinders University of South Australia.

While her Masters research focused on the economic value of coral reefs, her doctoral research constituted a broader examination of the economic, social, ecological and cultural ways in which people attach values to reefs.

Watch Mizna talk about her interest in the project.


Ahmed Inaz

InazAhmed is a doctorate candidate in his final year at the University of Auckland. His research focuses on the development of tourism policy in the Maldives and its impact on the political economy, environment and local communities.

He has served in various policy and technical positions from 1997 to 2011. He holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester and International Business Economics from the University of Westminster, UK.


Aminath Afrah Rasheed

Aminath Afrah RasheedAfrah has a BSc in Environmental Management from Monash University, Malaysia, and a Masters degree in Environmental Science, Policy and Management from the Central European University, Hungary/ University of Manchester, UK.

She was until recently a secondary school teacher in Chemistry. She has also worked as an environmental consultant in the Maldives and was previously based at the National Disaster Management Centre where she worked on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.


Abdulla Adam

Abdulla AdamAbdulla Adam has a Bachelor of Arts with Majors in Sociology, Environmental Studies and International Relations from the Australian National University.

Adam has worked previously for Ministry of Tourism in the Tourism Adaptation Project and is currently employed with Mangroves for the Future Regional Programme as the National Coordinator for the Maldives.



FareenFareen is from Maldives and is currently in her final year of Master degree in Applied Economics from Christ University, Bangalore. She has a triple major degree in Economics, Political Science & Sociology also from Christ University.

Her main interest lies in environmental and gender economics. Her Masters thesis is focused on finding the variation in gender vulnerability to climate change and adaptation. Fareen is completing a 4 week internship at ENDEVOR working on the Everyday Changes and Everyday Lives project.


We are collaborating with The Maldives Photographers Association, to produce a photographic exhibition depicting the key issues that are raised by the research.