My project will investigate how fishing communities understand/use their maritime heritage practices along the Kenyan south coast and find ways they might be incorporated into projects of conservation and development. The recent history of fishing communities will be documented, as well as contemporary culture, primarily through ethnographic research methods. I hope to combine different generations of participants and gender. This will provide a deeper understanding of the role of local knowledge, coproduced with the communities, for the conservation and preservation of coastal and marine resources along the Kenyan coast, along with suggestions for policy and management issues.

Institution: University of Roehampton

Supervisor: Garry Marvin

Area of study: Anthropology