Rising from the Depths Innovation Projects

So far, the Rising from the Depths Network has funded 19 projects across Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique and Tanzania. The map below shows where our projects are located. Click on a project to take you through to their project page to learn more.

The Rising from the Depths Network has run two open calls for Innovation Projects. We have funded a wide range of projects to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of research into Marine Cultural Heritage that is happening in East Africa.

Each funded project is supported by a member of the main Co-I team who supports their project and helps to create networks across projects.

If you want to run an innovation project, the third call is open, you can find out how to apply here.

Innovation projects by country


CoaAST (Coastal Aural archive of Spaces & Time), Anna Troisi, University of Bournemouth

Much to discover in Mida Creek: creating pathways to community resilience and sustainable development through the maritime cultural landscape in Kenya, Caesar Bita, National Museum of Kenya

Palm, Sand and Fish: Traditional Technologies of the Daughters of the Azanian Coast, Freda Nkirote Joy M’Mbogori, British Institute in East Africa

Protecting the Past, Preserving the Future: Blended Finance and the Protection of Marine Cultural Heritage in Lamu Port (Kenya) and Tolagnaro (Madagascar), Daria Davitti, University of Nottingham

Establishing a framework for Traditional Heritage Knowledge in sustainable development of East African small-island and coastal communities (THeK-EA), Chris McGonigle, Ulster University


Using fishers’ traditional maritime knowledge to improve small-scale fisheries management in northern Madagascar, Lalarisoa Rakotoarimino, Conservation Centre sur la Communaute C3 Madagascar

Study and implementation of network system by fishers’ community actor for the marine cultural heritage survival. Case of the farming township of Tsifota in Southwest of Madagascar, RABEKOTO Andrinjarisoa Heritiana, MAROVANY Association (tbc)

Reharbouring Heritage, Johnathan Skinner, University of Roehampton


Community Involvement and Social Investment for a Sustainable and Inclusive Management of Maritime Heritage in Mozambique: towards a new framework, Patrizia Riganti, Nottingham Trent University

Women’s Identity, Heritage and Textiles: Coastal Style in Mozambique (WITH Coastal Style), Sarah Worden, National Museums Scotland

Making Maritime Museums Matter in Mozambique, Rosalie Hans, University of Nottingham

Reviving a Maritime Past: Architectural and Ecological Heritage of Chinde, Mozambique, Roberto Mussibora, Eduardo Mondlane University

Embracing social learning in the management of ecosystem services in Chonguene District, Gaza Province, Mozambique, Zacarias Alexandre Ombe, Universidade Pedagogica

CoastSnap Mozambique, Caridad Ballesteros, University of Bournemouth

Marine Cultural Heritage in Northern Mozambique, Wes Forsythe, Ulster University


Hidden histories; Hidden histories; Untold Stories of Pipelines, People and the Sea in Tanzania, Thembi Mutch, University of Sussex

Bahari Yetu, Urithi Wetu (Our Ocean, Our Heritage), John Cooper, University of Exeter

The Kisima Project: Historic and future well management on Kilwa Kisiwani, Tanzania, Elgidius Ichumbaki, University of Dar es Salaam 

East Pemba Maritime Heritage Project, Mark Horton, Royal Agricultural University