PhD candidate, Faculty of Ethnology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München | profile link
I’m a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Ethnology at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and I’ve recently been awarded a Wadsworth International Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation. My dissertation focuses on the cultural impact of the ‘China-Maldives Friendship Bridge’ to explore the socio-political imaginations of local populations interacting with this BRI project. I am interested in the complex ways in which infrastructure acts on bodies (vice-versa) and how that informs changing understandings of social being and identity. I completed my MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh on a British Chevening Scholarship and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Melbourne on an Australia Awards Scholarship. I currently serve as the National Programme Coordinator for the Maldives Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and am also a member of the Senate Board of the Islamic University of the Maldives.