Coastal Frontiers aims to examine the environmental and political history of the Bay of Bengal’s coastal rim over the past century. Our research focuses on how environmental change has been experienced in the region; on how water resources have been contested; and on how coastal environments have been transformed by colonial and post-colonial political borders. Coastal Frontiers tells the story of environmental transformation and political conflict in a region that is now particularly vulnerable to climate change, and at the frontier of strategic competition over water resources and energy.

The project is funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, and will run for five years, from 2012 to 2017.