Dr. James Van Alstine is an Associate Professor in Environmental Policy within the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. With a disciplinary background in human geography, James’ research explores natural resource governance and politics at and between multiple scales. Particular areas of interest include community-driven accountability and social justice, the political economy of resource-led development, transparency in resource governance, the politics of low carbon transitions, and climate compatible development. James seeks to bridge the academic-practitioner divide by pursuing action-oriented research that aims to maximise policy and pro-poor development impacts. He works closely with development partners, policy makers and regulatory agencies at the international, national and local levels, as well as with industry, NGOs and communities. James’ research spans the global North and South, including Brazil, Ghana, Ireland, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States and Zambia.
Areas of interest
gold, diamonds, oil and natural gas, csr, governance and anti-corruption, investing, environment, social accountability, human rights, contract and licensing, monitoring revenue collection, redistribution and sustainable development