Tuesday, November 16, 2010


So I wrote earlier about my wife and I moving to Malawi. With only about seven weeks left in Korea (we fly for South Africa on the 6th of January) this blog is going to go through a bit of a transformation. For now my studies of Korean coastal management on location are almost finished and accordingly here I will focus less on Korea and more on all things related to our to move to the wonderful "dark" continent.
As with all adventures, the first steps to realizing them are to dream, plan, and prepare. Well we have been dreaming most of our lives, made our plans, and are in the final stages of our preparations Already we have had our fair share of ups and downs, surprises both good and...not.
And we expect them to keep on coming!

Eventually the plan is for this blog to be integrated into the business website of our dive center on Lake Malawi. But until all the paperwork is written and signed we feel its best to leave the business website, on which I have been working diligently (and with much cursing), off the airwaves. For now you can follow us here.

First off many of you reading may have now idea where Malawi is in Africa. So take a look at the map below.

Second you are probably noticing that Malawi is a landlocked country. So why, you might ask, would you think of operating a scuba diving center there? Well watch the below video and you'll see why.

And I'll leave you with this from Lucius Banda, one of the godfathers of the Malawian music scene.



  1. Justin, curious about your research would like to know more. We, Malawians, know very little about Lake Malawi biodiversity, does your research include local awareness and education. Have you ever been to the museum in Cape Maclear...its a bit sad was there a few years ago but its a start. Good luck with your program.

  2. Thanks for stopping by. I haven't been to the Cape Maclear Museum but I know there have been a lot of NGO sponsored projects related to the National Park there, some better than others. My personal doctoral research is looking at how western coastal management policies, those usually termed "Integrated Coastal Management" have been implemented and conceptualized in non-western countries. I'm using some theories and approaches from the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) to do this.
    The research center that I hope to create, however, will focus more on doing baseline research on Lake Malawi limnology and biodiversity. My hope is to form partnerships with some Malawian universities so that their students can research with us and to host international volunteer researchers at the same time. The idea is to provide a space where Malawian and international researchers can work together, learning about each other while studying Lake Malawi.

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