Name: Dr. Sarah Katz-Lavigne 

Institutional Affiliation: Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp 


Sarah holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and in International Affairs from Carleton University (Canada), with a background of experience, research, and study in International Relations, international development, and political science. Currently she is doing research from a critical perspective on knowledge production and information politics in, and beyond, mineral supply chains linked to the “green energy” boom, particularly cobalt mined in southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. This includes the role of power relations, particularly as it pertains to the collection and use of (digital) data by mining corporations and commodity traders. Her research interests also include conflict, governance, and socio-economic justice in central and eastern Africa, particularly in the large-scale mining (LSM) and artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) sectors. Sarah did her PhD research on resource governance, LSM-ASM conflict, and the distributional consequences of LSM in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She has also done research on women’s empowerment and economic opportunities in ASM in Kenya, and assists the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) with running its social media. She spent two years as the Impact Assessment Analyst with Interactive Radio for Justice, monitoring and evaluating the project’s impact in the DRC and the Central African Republic (CAR). She also has over a year of project management, organisational development, and consulting experience in conflict-affected regions of DRC and CAR. 



A list of her publications can be found here