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Extractive Infrastructure and Resource Enclaves

60231_524347732586_4350572_nMy current research considers the social, political, ecological, and economic impacts of extractive infrastructure projects on rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa. Recognizing that a lack of infrastructure can deter private investment in land and resources, governments and international financial institutions have recently increased support for transport infrastructure corridor projects – namely, road, railway and pipeline networks – to help get extractive commodities to markets. However, what impact does extractive infrastructure have on the social, economic, and physical mobility of rural communities? How does this new emphasis placed on extractive infrastructure by powerful actors, such as international financial institutions, impact rural communities? Do new extractive infrastructure projects stand to deepen and perpetuate enclave economies, or enable rural communities to break out of them? This research draws on fieldwork conducted in Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia.


Greening Partnerships between Extractive Companies and Conservation Organisations

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I am also interested in new partnerships between extractive companies and conservation organizations. I have plans to examine a new trend in which multinational corporations are integrating biodiversity conservation into their corporate social responsibility (CSR) as part of my future research program (more details to come).

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(In)Security and Industrial Resource Extraction

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I have studied intersections between human (in)security, environmental (in)security, and industrial resource extraction from various different angles. My SSHRC-funded doctoral project, entitled Experiments in Governance and Citizenship in Kenya’s Emerging Resource Frontier, examined the rapid expansion of foreign investments across northern Kenya following the discovery of oil in 2012. I drew attention to the impacts of new investment dynamics on rural land users, and considered the strategies used by rural land users to protect their livelihoods in light of new investment in the region. I have also researched the implications of oil and gas development for the resilience of pastoralist communities in northern Kenya. One output of this research focused on youth responses to oil and gas development in northern Kenya. This research was supported, in part, by a small-grant from the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) at the Overseas Development Institute. Finally, I have also written about the complicated relationship between extractive companies, private security providers, and communities near sites of resource extraction.


Politics of Global Development Goal Setting 59302_524347657736_5223633_n

I have researched and written on the Sustainable Development Goals. This work engages with the processes through which the Sustainable Development Goals were created, and questions whose priorities these goals ultimately reflect. Outputs from this collaborative research have been published in Third World Quarterly and the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. My next planned output in this area will offer a critical assessment of Sustainable Development Goals #9, which relates to industry, innovation and infrastructure.

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To view a list of publications produced as part of this research, you can click Charis Enns – Curriculum Vitae – Short (last updated: March 2017). For a full CV, feel free to contact me using the contact info below.

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