Collaborative Research Group Resource Extraction in Africa

The prominence of resource extraction (minerals, oil and gas, i.e. non-renewables) in Africa is enormous, both historically and in the present. Scholars working in different disciplines are engaging in fascinating research on aspects of artisanal as well as industrial forms of resource extraction in Africa. Extractive practices are an entry point to relevant debates on, for example, (re) writing African political and economic histories, geopolitical processes, on governance and sovereignty, neoliberalisation of development policies, livelihood strategies, identity politics in relation to land claims, gender issues, resource politics more broadly and environmental issues. This CRG brings together African studies scholars working on all issues related to resource extraction.


Sabine Luning (PhD), Leiden University, The Netherlands
Robert Pijpers, University of Oslo, Norway

About this CRG

Click here here (PDF) for the 2016 Resource Extraction in Africa CRG profile.



Click here for our memberlist.

How to join us

Contact Sabine Luning and/or Robert Pijpers and state your name, title, institutional affiliation, and domains of expertise.

Upcoming Events

13-14 December 2017, Ghent, Belgium

Mining in comparative perspective: trends, transformations and theories. Please see the CfP here (PDF).


20-22 June 2018, Oslo, Norway

Mobilization against resource extraction and political (re)actions ‘from above’. This panel is organised as part of the second Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Biannual Conference. Please fidn the call for papers here.


26-30 June 2018, Leipzig, Germany

Laboured Landscapes - Legacies and Futures of Extraction in Africa. Inter-ECAS CRG workshop. The workshop is linked to the German African Studies Conference 2018. Please find the abstract and call for papers here (scroll down to Panel 43).