The CitRes project aims to examine how transparency, group identity and power are used in the construction of ‘resources’, and in the formation of political subjects, within the context of extraction and governance of natural resources.
In particular, the project aims to develop research that provide insight into how;
are mobilized and exploited in the process of acquiring local control over valuable natural resources and their revenues. The focus is on the material and discursive struggles over access, control, and meanings of resources, resource revenues, spaces, and landscapes and how these relate to the formation of ‘agency’ through the making of citizenship.
A central element is to incorporate cross scalar notion of power and relationality that expand conventional metric notions of space to examine;
- how global political initiatives, such as initiatives for increased openness in extractive sector management, influence local development
- the complex relations between the global economy and local societal development in locations of valuable natural resources
- the dynamic between transnational resource governance and local participation in sustainable developmet
In many resource-rich developing countries, policymakers, academics, and practitioners alike seek to promote citizen engagement and monitoring in the […]
Does information matter? Transparency and demand for accountability in Ghana’s natural resource revenue management. Ecological Economics 181: 106903.
Brunnschweiler, C., Ishmael Edjekumhene and Päivi Lujala (2021)
Transparency in resource revenue management is seen as an important strategy to avoid misuse and misappropriation. Theory predicts that transparency will allow citizens to gain information on revenue […]
Examining Host Communities’ Perceptions on Trust Funds as Corporate Strategies for Community Development in Ghana. Journal of Asian and African Studies, 1-17.
Kasimba, S. A. and Päivi Lujala (2020)
Mining companies increasingly adopt trusts, foundations, and funds as part of their efforts to obtain and maintain a social license to operate and corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategies for […]
Environmental and land defenders: Global patterns and determinants of repression. Global Environmental Change, 65(102163), 1-16.
Le Billon, P. and Päivi Lujala (2020)
Environmental and land defenders play a crucial role in attempts to slow down environmental change and address power inequalities in land-use and resource development. Yet, they frequently face repression, including defamation, criminalization, […]
The right to water: governing private and communal provision in rural Indonesia. New Mandala (October 29, 2020)
Tadzkia Nurshafira (2020)
The new Law no. 17/2019 on Water Resources in Indonesia reproduces the idea of the state’s role in ensuring access to water, by reasserting the state’s control and guaranteeing people’s access to clean […]
Gold Mining and Political Struggles for Access in Banyuwangi, East Java. Power, Conflict, and Democracy Journal, 8(1), 69-89.
Wardhani, I. S. and Devy Dhian Cahyati (2020)
This article explores how the materiality of natural resources influences social movements. Applying a relational paradigm and new materialism approach, this article explores the materiality of gold as […]