Dr. Thabit Jacob 

Institutional Affiliation: Danish Institute for International Studies 

Contact: thabit@ruc.dk 

Thabit Jacob was awarded a PhD by Roskilde University, Denmark in 2020. His research is broadly on political economy of development, with a focus on governance of extractive and energy resources. His current research explores renewed interest of the African states in the extractive sector focusing on resource nationalism and revived state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in Tanzania and joint work in Mozambique. With both private and state-owned companies expanding their operations globally, extractive localities are increasingly becoming sites of dispossession, and my research also investigates struggles over access to land in extractive and energy projects involving both SOEs and private companies. Of recent, he is also working on the politics of energy nationalism, energy access and transition in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

His research has been published in journals such as African AffairsThe Extractive Industries and SocietyOxford Energy ForumEnergy Research & Social ScienceResources PolicyLand Use Policy and African Review.  Jacob’s research has also been covered in media outlets, including the BBC, Aljazeera, NPR, The Guardian, Bloomberg, The Citizen, and The Africa Report, among others. 




Jacob, T. (2020). When good intentions turn bad: the unintended consequences of the 2016 Tanzanian coal import ban. The Extractive Industries and Society, 7 (2), 337-340. 

Available at  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2214790X18303368 

Pedersen, R. H., Jacob, T., & Bofin, P. (In press). From moderate to radical resource nationalism in the boom era: Pockets of effectiveness under stress in ‘new oil’ Tanzania. The Extractive Industries and Society.  https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S2214790X19302709 

Pedersen, R., Jacob, T., & Bofin, P. (2020). Resource nationalism: Enabler or spoiler of pockets of effectiveness in ‘new oil’ Tanzania’s petroleum sector? ESID Working Paper No. 144. The University of Manchester. http://www.effective-states.org/working-paper-144/  

Pedersen R. H.  and Jacob, T (2019). Resurgent resource nationalism in Tanzania’s petroleum sector. Oxford Energy Forum, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies., (117), 22-25. 


Pedersen, R. H., Mutagwaba, W., Jønsson, J. B., Schoneveld, G., Jacob, T., Chacha, M., … & Njau, M. G. (2019). Mining-sector dynamics in an era of resurgent resource nationalism: Changing relations between large-scale mining and artisanal and small-scale mining in Tanzania. Resources Policy, 62, 339-346.  


Jacob, T. and Pedersen R. H. (2018). New resource nationalism? Continuity and change in Tanzania’s extractive industries. The Extractive Industries and Society, 5 (2), 287-292. 


Jacob, T. (2018). State caught in the middle:  Coal extraction and community struggles in Tanzania. DIIS Working Paper (8). Danish Institute for International Studies Copenhagen, Denmark.  http://pure.diis.dk/ws/files/2502841/DIIS_Working_Paper_2018_8_FINAL.pdf  

Jacob, T. (2017). Competing energy narratives in Tanzania: Towards the political economy of coal. African Affairs, 116(463), 341-353. 


Pedersen, R. H. and T. Jacob (2017). Reconfigured state-community relations in Africa’s extractive sectors: insights from post-liberalisation Tanzania. The Extractive Industries and Society4(4), 915-922. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214790X17301090  

Jacob, T., Pedersen, R. H., Maganga, F. and Kweka, O. (2016). Rights to land and extractive resources in Tanzania (2/2): The return of the state. DIIS Working Paper 2016:12. 


Pedersen, R. H., Jacob, T., Maganga, F. and Kweka, O. (2016). Rights to land and extractive resources in Tanzania (1/2): The history. DIIS Working Paper 2016:11. 


Thabit Jacob