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Research Workshop Lusaka, Zambia 2023
(July 28, 2023): The Resource Nationalism in Southern Africa partnership held a 3-day research workshop in Lusaka in July 2023 to review two years of the project’s field research. The directors and researchers of the partnership’s 7 investigative studies and 3 sets of national baseline studies from Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe presented their research findings, which were reviewed by 3 invited peer reviewers with extensive experience in extractives research in Southern Africa – Sheila Khama (Botswana), Ben Radley (DRC/UK) and Michael Smith (South Africa). Workshop participants discussed final revisions and research gaps for attention and prioritised follow-up knowledge mobilisation activities. Workshop participants agreed that working papers from the presentations will be finalized and post as open access documents on the PDG’s website. We expect to post these papers in the coming months as they are completed. On the final day of the workshop the partnership’s research team hosted a public briefing for Zambian mining stakeholders on the key findings and recommendations of the partnership’s research. We hope to undertake similar briefings in the other regional sites of our work in the near future – stay tuned for further news on this.
New 6-Year Project Funding Announced
(September 1, 2023): We are delighted to announce that our project team, including an expanded group of scholars and development practitioners from across sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe, has been awarded a Partnership Grant funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) to explore ‘African Extractivism and the Green Transition.’ The six-year partnership $2.5 million project, which welcomes researchers based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) alongside our current network’s members in Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Canada, will also include new international regional research partners active in Southern Africa’s extractives sector. For a full list of the partners and research team members in the new project, please visit the SSHRC website announcing Partnership Grant recipients in this year’s competition. We look forward to bringing your further updates on this exciting new project as it is initiated in the coming months.
Special Issue Published
(October 31, 2023) We are pleased to announce the recent publication of a Special Issue of the Journal of Southern African Studies (JSAS) on ‘The Return of Resource Nationalism to Southern Africa’ (Volume 49, Issue 3) https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjss20/49/3/.
The Special Issue – co-edited by our Principal Investigator Dr. Richard Saunders and Grant Coordinator Alex Caramento, together with Dr. Miles Larmer, Director of the Center of African Studies at the University of Florida – features articles authored by project co-applicants, collaborators, and researchers. It will be launched at the upcoming 66th Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association (ASA) in San Francisco, where JSAS and the project will co-host two panels on Friday, December 1 featuring presentations by contributors to the Special Issue (https://africanstudies.org/annual-meetings/).
To celebrate the Special Issue launch, JSAS publishers Taylor & Francis will provide Open Access to the entire issue from November 24th to December 30th 2023.
Please be sure to check our Twitter/’X’ account for more details on the Special Issue launch and our two ASA panels.