EX4DEV17 is the 2nd ESRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop to foster dialogue and nurture collaboration between PhD researchers, academics and practitioners. The event builds on the success of the Harnessing Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa 2016 workshop, which brought together over 40 PhD researchers, leading academics and expert industry practitioners at the University of Surrey Business School.

For an overview of last year’s event please read the EX4DEV16 Post Workshop Briefing and the EX4DEV16 Storify, which collated all the Tweets from the workshop.

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EX4DEV16 Special Issue

After last’s year’s workshop, participants were welcomed to submit papers for publication in a special issue in The Extractive Industries and Society after the conference. Highlighted below are some of the articles that stemmed from EX4DEV16.


Introduction workshop viewpoints: Harnessing extractive industries for development in sub-Saharan Africa

James McQuilken



  • This collection of short papers share viewpoints on the theme of Harnessing Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • It is the output of a workshop by the same name held in June 2016 at the University of Surrey.
  • The workshop captured views on extractives-led development and perspectives on the resource curse that has blighted the region for decades.
  • This special section introduces and summarises both the workshop and collection of papers.
  • It aims to help practitioners reach a wider academic audience, stimulate further debate and spark the potential for collaboration.


Local procurement in mining: A central component of tackling the resource curse

Jeff Geipel



A bumpy road: Maximising the value of a resource corridor

Julia Baxter, Anne-Claire Howard, Tom Mills, Sophie Rickard, and Steve Macey



Environmental Impact Assessments in developing countries: We need to talk about politics

Aoife McCullough



Reflections on the opportunities for mining companies to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in sub – Saharan Africa

Natalia Yakovlevaa, Juha Kotilainenb, and Maija Toivakkab