Southern Collective 


Inset of the Indian Ocean, from a 16th-century map in Linschoten's Itinerario

About Us

We are a collective of researchers and practitioners with diverse disciplinary backgrounds working across the northern Indian Ocean region. We share common interests related to coastal and marine challenges in the Indian Ocean region and a desire to promote meaningful South-South collaborations.

Our mission is to build and sustain collaborative partnerships aimed at democratizing knowledge production about marine worlds.


Project Themes

Transboundary coastal and marine resources

Forced migration and adaptation

Collaborative partnerships

Technology and social change

Our Supporters

The Southern Collective comprises of practitioners and researchers from diverse disciplines, academic hierarchies, and practitioner experience.

The Collective is currently funded by a planning grant from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC).

The Collective is supported by core team that handles its logistical functions. A wider network of partners and supporting organisations located in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Thailand collaborate on our projects based on mutual interest.