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Environmental Studies



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The Extractive Industries and Society


Poor governance of extractive resources has long been acknowledged as a risk to human development and sustainable peace in primary commodity-producing countries across the Global South (Beevers, 2015;Collier et al., 2003;Iguma Wakenge et al., 2021;Le Billon, 2001). However, where extraction and trade of mining resources have played a significant role in maintaining structures of colonial inequity and armed violence, hitherto employed peacebuilding and state-building strategies have often proven insufficient in ensuring substantial peace dividends or human development for communities affected by extractive activities or the population at large (Bebbington et al., 2008;Nem Singh and Ovadia, 2018). This special issue takes stock of challenges in contemporary natural resource governance and reforms in the mining sectors of Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. By linking international dynamics across formal and informal economies to human impacts on the local level, our comparative engagement with human security in extractive industries across countries enables synchronic and diachronic analyses of regulatory and institutional frameworks, labor conditions and relations, and the spatialization of extractive processes as they all undergo deep legal, economic, and technological transformations.


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