This project takes as its starting point that a number of recent geopolitical, socio-technological and environmental developments are reconfiguring the geographies of extraction worldwide. Taking the ongoing transition to sustainable energy in Europe as its starting point, the aim of this PhD project is to contribute to increased understanding of how these ongoing shifts are reconfiguring the geographies of extraction and impacting efforts to undertake a just and sustainable transition to a green economy – the importance of which is underlined by the climate and nature crises. In order to achieve this, the project will focus on three interrelated avenues of research. Firstly, it will examine the movement and translation of discourses, representations and policies on extractive industries in relation to the European Union’s ‘Green Deal’. Secondly, it will review the interlinkages between governance of mineral extraction and community access to mineral resources. Thirdly, it will analyze the role played by emerging financial infrastructures in shaping local and regional mining relations. The project will be undertaken in the period 2022-2026 and will use a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Håkon da Silva Hyldmo holds a master’s degree in geography from the NTNU. Prior to taking up his PhD position he worked on capacity-building, biodiversity, and global environmental governance as part of the secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Currently he is part of the project ‘Citizens Participation in Resource Governance and Sustainable Transition’ (SUSTAIN) – a cooperation between NTNU, the Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Nusa Cendana, Universitas Bangka Belitung, and Politeknik Negeri Pontianak. Håkon’s research focus is on global environmental governance of nature and natural resources.

Håkon da Silva Hyldmo, PhD scholar at the Department of Geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)