Intersectionality and Contested Spaces of Fishers: the Case of Trincomalee district, Sri Lanka

This research is focused on integrated identity and contested spaces related to small scale fishers in eastern Sri Lanka. It aims to study how small scale fishers use their multiple and integrated identity categories to access and control livelihood resources and changes as a result of the war/post war situations.

Using the theoretical approach of intersectionality, the research will explore how power dynamics are shaped in the post-war context in fishing arenas and how contestations for spaces and resources are influenced by these dynamics. Further, it will study the functioning of social and political networks in relations to fisheries and impact of political ecology of fisheries on households and individuals. Focusing on the heterogeneous Trincomalee district, it will use an ethnographic methodological approach. 

Supervisors: Dorothea Hilhorst, Carolien Jacobs