Who we are & what we do

The main goal of this website is to provide participants in our trainings with access to resources and information from our capacity-building work, and to share some of our research activities. For more regular updates, please follow us on Facebook!

We are a group of young researchers and research trainers based at Point B Design + Training, in Mawlamyine, Myanmar. Point B Design + Training is a social innovation lab that applies the Design Thinking approach to education and research. As the Myanmar Coastal Conservation Lab (MCCL), we apply this approach with a focus on marine and coastal conservation. We believe that Design Thinking can promote improved conservation research and action, and we are excited to apply our expertise to the marine and coastal realm!


Our main work is with the Gulf of Mottama Project, to conduct research and to conduct research trainings for Mawlamyine University and Bago University students to strengthen their research skills. We have also conducted small research projects in Setse Beach (on fisher experiences in the market chain, as part of a postdoctoral research project on stewardship) and the Myeik Archipelago (on Locally Managed Marine Areas, thanks to Fauna & Flora International), and have delivered an interactive training on gender in natural resource management in Myeik for the SRJS Myanmar project.

Currently, our team consists of three alumni of Point B’s intensive Design Thinking training course (2016) – a Design Thinking Officer and two Assistant Trainers. Beyond our work with MCCL, we have experience conducting Design Thinking-related work on small-scale rubber production, education, and justice. We work closely with Dr. Tara Sayuri Whitty, who is our research mentor and is also the International Advisor with the Gulf of Mottama Project.



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