Author: RESOURCE WORLDS

Voices from the mine: Artisanal diamonds and resource governance in Sierra Leone

RESOURCE WORLDS , June 8th, 2018


‘Voices from the mine’ is a new 33-minute documentary film by University of Bath researcher, Dr Roy Maconachie. It focuses on resource governance in Sierra Leone’s artisanal diamond mining sector,…


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WANAMEI: An intervention for and with small-scale gold mining communities in the Peruvian Amazon

RESOURCE WORLDS , May 30th, 2018


By Laura Maillard and Carole Baudin, User-Centered Product Design Group, HAUTE ECOLE ARC ENGINEERING – HES-SO Illegal gold mining in the Amazon region of Peru potentially causes a variety of…


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Reversed rushes? Expulsion as a dominant feature of gold miners’ mobility in Guinea and Mali

RESOURCE WORLDS , February 25th, 2018


By Matthieu Bolay, Université de Neuchâtel When I was carrying out fieldwork in Guinea and Mali between 2010 and 2014, some ministry officials, with whom I discussed the topics…


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Muzo: Colombia’s Emerald Kingdom

RESOURCE WORLDS , December 11th, 2017


By Bram Ebus Muzo, Colombia – It is here where clouded forests overgrow the mountain slopes in which world’s most valuable emeralds are hidden. For much of history,…


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When the Bulldozer comes – Burning bridges or renaissance in the making?

RESOURCE WORLDS , September 11th, 2017


Kai Roder, University of Leipzig For over a decade the Tanzanian state has tried to enlarge its share of mineral revenues generated by foreign large-scale mining (LSM) companies….


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Negotiating Mozambique’s new commodity frontiers from the perspective of a conservationist

RESOURCE WORLDS , June 8th, 2017


By Kate Symons, University of Edinburgh. [C]onservation is not a priority….. they [Frelimo] want economic growth at any point. So if they find …… coal and gas and…


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Criminalization and violence in natural resource conflicts in Guatemala

RESOURCE WORLDS , May 15th, 2017


Elisabet Dueholm Rasch, Wageningen University and Research July 4, 2012 (Santa Cruz el Quiché). The CPK (K’iche Peoples Council) is attacked by armed individuals during a peaceful manifestation,…


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Australian gas: between a fracked rock and a socially hard place

RESOURCE WORLDS , April 14th, 2017


Kim de Rijke, The University of Queensland Australia´s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s response to the looming east coast gas shortage has been to secure a promise from gas…


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The Philippine mining clampdown that wasn´t

RESOURCE WORLDS , February 20th, 2017


By Boris Verbrugge, Radbout Universiteit On February 2, 2017, Philippine Environment Secretary Gina Lopez, who has the full backing of the country’s controversial president Duterte, announced the clos…


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Paradise – a living hell: mining, power and dispossession

RESOURCE WORLDS , February 7th, 2017


By Hedda Askland, The University of Newcastle The sun was glittering on the Goulbourn River. The cicadas were loudly calling in the 40 degrees heat. The constant hum…


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The creation of a “lessons learned place” – Notes on doing research in the coal mine area of Tete, Mozambique

RESOURCE WORLDS , January 20th, 2017


By Nikkie Wiegink, Utrecht University “More studies, more studies! Ok, it is necessary to do those studies, but to what end?!” Carlos (a pseudonym) was furious. It is…


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Why aren`t you more angry? Fossil Fuels and Community Life on Mexico’s Gulf Coast

RESOURCE WORLDS , January 5th, 2017


By Svenja Schöneich, GIGA When starting fieldwork in the Emiliano Zapata community in the state of Veracruz, Mexico in 2016, I was mainly interested in conflicts about hydraulic…


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The Lost Gold of Burkina Faso – A Parliamentary Inquiry into the Mining Sector

RESOURCE WORLDS , December 15th, 2016


By Katja Werthmann, Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig Recently, Burkina Faso celebrated the second anniversary of its popular uprising on 30 and 31 October 2014 that…


The Lost Gold of Burkina Faso – A Parliamentary Inquiry into the Mining Sector

RESOURCE WORLDS , December 15th, 2016


By Katja Werthmann, Institute of African Studies, University of Leipzig Recently, Burkina Faso celebrated the second anniversary of its popular uprising on 30 and 31 October 2014 that…


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Generating Extractive Industry Capitalism: Corporate Foreign Policy and the Resource Frontier

RESOURCE WORLDS , December 8th, 2016


By Paul Robert Gilbert, University of Brighton Each year in the Autumn, London’s Geological Society hosts ‘FINEX: Exploration Meets the City’ in their well-appointed premises on Piccadilly. Perhaps…


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REZEKI: Gold and Stone Mining in Aceh

RESOURCE WORLDS , November 18th, 2016


“REZEKI: Gold and Stone Mining in Aceh” was produced jointly by SEATIDE and the University of Milano-Bicocca. The 52-minute film is based on Giacomo Tabacco’s and Silvia Vignato’s…


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Mining, Environments and the role of Anthropologists

RESOURCE WORLDS , October 20th, 2016


By Lorenzo D’Angelo, University of Milano-Bicocca The continued economic and ecological crises of recent years have again shown how economists and international leaders have overestimated the ability …


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Anthropologists in the company of gatekeepers

RESOURCE WORLDS , September 27th, 2016


By Sabine Luning, Leiden University My recent start of new fieldwork in Suriname and French Guiana raises interesting questions about ‘entering the field’. How is it that the…


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Landscapes

RESOURCE WORLDS , September 21st, 2016


The extraction of natural resources produces particular resource environments, or landscapes of resource extraction. These landscapes are dynamic systems that people try to influence, contest, operate…


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Shining diamonds: of global connections and local lifeworlds

RESOURCE WORLDS , September 12th, 2016


By Robert Pijpers, University of Oslo Resources are all around us, they are in the screen you are now looking at, in the Olympic medals that have recently…


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Gold fever in Sakolabada, Mali

RESOURCE WORLDS , September 5th, 2016


Sakolabada is a new town which completely depends on gold mining. Officially, it doesn´t exist, it doesn´t show on any official administrative map.  However, in this non-existent town,…


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