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Call for Papers: Harnessing Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa

Following the workshop ‘Harnessing Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa’ we are now inviting submissions for publication as part of a special issue in The Extractive Industries and Society, An International Journal.

The two-day international workshop (9-10th June 2016) at Surrey Business School brought together PhD researchers, leading academics and expert industry practitioners to collectively explore the pathways and challenges of realising the development potential of the extractive industries (mining, oil and gas) in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Submit your paper by registering / logging in to the EVISE system selecting 'start new submission' and then choosing 'Workshop Special Issue: Harnessing Extractive Industries for Development'. 

The original deadline for submissions was 12th September 2016 however the submission portal will remain open until the end of September 2016 and we will continue to accept submissions up until then. 

For more information contact: James McQuilken j.mcquilken@surrey.ac.uk

Paper Themes

The aim of this special issue is to build on the ideas shared at the workshop. Paper submissions are open to all and not limited to participants of the workshop. Papers may address any of the following:


1) Policy, Management and Governance: ‘What policy, management and governance initiatives are needed to realise the development potential of the extractive industries?’
E.g. policy, management and governance initiatives; institutional issues, transparency, corruption, resource nationalism, enclave development, lifecycle management, capacity building, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), employee retention, finance schemes, and certification.


2) Private Sector and Development Interventions ‘How can we ensure that development interventions and the private sector maximise the gains of extractive industries for host communities and society?’
E.g. role of development partners and private sector; public-private partnerships, shared value, shared-use infrastructure, corporate social responsibility, professional services and project management consultancies, foreign direct investment, international aid and development, and linkages between academia and development interventions.


3)  Social and Environmental considerations ‘How do we mitigate adverse impacts and ensure that everyone benefits from the development of extractive industries?’
E.g. environmental and social issues; communities, civil society, gender, labour, and environmental damage and destruction.


4)  Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining ‘How can the informal extractives sector be harnessed for development?’
E.g. issues pertinent to artisanal and small-scale mining; finance and microfinance, certification, labour issues, gender, child labour, technical interventions, community development, conflict, neglected development minerals, capacity building, private sector partnerships, governance, policy, and management.

Paper Formats

The following paper formats are welcomed for submission. More information can be found in the guide for authors.

  • Original research papers: Standard research papers of up to 8,000 words in length, with tables, illustrations and references.
  • Opinion pieces or viewpoints (correspondence): Papers on topical issues relating to the workshop aim, and objectives, and themes outlined above. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 words.
  • Workshop reports (correspondence): Reports and critical perspectives on the workshop. Approximately 1,000 to 2,000 words.
  • Letters to Editor (correspondence): Letters to raise questions, or other issues that a participant may wish to pose that are relevant to the workshop, special issue, and the journal.
  • Calendar of Events: A listing of forthcoming conferences and meetings of relevance to this area of research, providing information on the date, title and venue, and who to contact for further details. 

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