Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Advisor/Committee Chair

Aubrey Hillman


Dutch colonizers opened Bali for tourism at the beginning of the 20th century, and since that time tourism has led to changes in Bali’s culture, environment, and local resources. In the late 1900s, tourism grew to a new level, which resulted in a shift of industry control away from Balinese people. This project examines the problem of tourism from a social and environmental science lens. By compiling literature and science from various fields of study, this project aims to illustrate the complexity of Bali’s tourism problem in an interdisciplinary way. The lack of local control over tourism perpetuated and exacerbated the damage to Bali’s culture and environment resulting in over development, loss of natural resources, and poor waste disposal systems. Indonesia, and Bali specifically, need an improved system to control tourism which could promote sustainability of culture and land. Improvement of the Environmental Impact Assessment and incorporation of traditional Balinese knowledge could help promote sustainable tourism while making experiences more authentic for visitors. This project emphasizes the importance of looking at issues with an interdisciplinary lens to develop a comprehensive solution.