Category Resource Politics

Workshop on States, Nature and the Exercise of Power in the Global South: Towards a New Research Agenda


I am pleased to announce that we are holding a one-day workshop at Sheffield University on “States, Nature and the Exercise of Power in the Global South: Towards A New Research Agenda”. The event aims to foster an open dialogue among scholars of natural resource politics, drawing from various disciplinary traditions, including international political economy, […]

Can a Fourth Victory for the Workers’ Party Secure Brazil’s State Capitalism?


Last Sunday, 26th October, Brazilians voted the incumbent Dilma Rousseff, securing the Workers’ Party (PT) its fourth electoral victory. In a very tight race with Aecio Neves of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PDSB), Rousseff won by a three per cent margin, indicating the fragility of her victory in what has been considered as one […]

Labour Unions and Oil Democracies


In the recently concluded Annual Conference hosted by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), I presented a paper on labour politics in oil-rich states. Our paper, co-authored with Håvard Haarstad and Andrew Lawrence, explores the theoretical significance of non-state actors in shaping governance arrangements in oil-rich economies. Given the resurgence of social conflicts in mining and energy industries, it is vital […]

Researching Contentious Politics and Mining Regimes


In a recent guest lecture that I gave at York University, I presented some very rough ideas about how we can think about resource exploitation and democratisation in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Whilst by no means do I suggest such cross-regional comparisons are unproblematic, I argued that there are common grounds for some comparative work […]

Debating the oil fund


Norway is about to debate what to do with their US$ 840 billion oil fund – that is, to continue investing in oil, gas and coal companies or to think about using the third largest sovereign wealth fund in the world towards sustainable energy transition. Mr. Petter Jonssen, Norway’s fund manager in equity markets who control […]

One Hundred Years of Ineptitude


The Economist this week features Argentina’s so-called ‘one hundred years of ineptitude‘. It explains the rise and fall of Argentina from being one of the richest in the world in early twentieth century towards a country of uncertainty, poverty and inequality. During its liberal years between 1880s and 1920s, the country ranked among the ten richest […]

The resource boom: new developmental spaces or another race to the bottom?


Whilst uncertainty over economic recovery remains pervasive in Europe and the United States, in other parts of the world one can hardly speak of an economic crisis. From the ‘BRICS’ to ‘rising Africa’ and the revival of the G20, we cannot deny the newfound sense of optimism that has arisen in much of the developing […]