NEWS | A local to global perspective on resource governance and conflict with a case study on North Kenya

Advancing the debate on natural resource governance and conflict

On 15 May 2019, Prof. Janpeter Schilling joined us from the University of Koblenz-Landau in Germany, to present his exciting work on natural resource governance and conflict in northern Kenya (abstract below).

A local to global perspective on resource governance and conflict with a case study on North Kenya

In this presentation we try to advance the debate on natural resource governance and conflict by bringing together three different strands of literature with the aim of developing a local to global framework. First, we review and identify research gaps in the literatures on (1) the resource curse, (2) environmental security and (3) the large-scale acquisition of land and natural resources. Second, we address the previously identified research gaps by developing a local to global research perspective and a corresponding analytical framework. Third, we apply the framework to a case study in north Kenya to explore the benefits and externalities of oil and wind exploitation for the local communities. In the final section of the presentation, we highlight some possible avenues for further research.