REsource extraction: impacts, resistance and conflict resolution?

January 27-28, 2020

University of Arizona, Marshall Building room 531


The extraction of natural resources continues to be an engine of economic growth for contemporary societies across the world. Resource extraction, however, has been evolving dramatically over at least the four last decades. Sustainability (sometimes framed as "new mining," "ethical mining" or "compatible mining") is today an increasingly present dimension in all projects, but is not always enough to avoid or resolve conflicts with local or Indigenous communities. 

Capitalizing on two successful workshops, iGlobes IRL and the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy will again collaboratively put on this international seminar on resource extraction, to be held in Tucson, Arizona from January 27-28, 2020. Its aim is to provide multiple perspectives on resource extraction, social and environmental impacts, resistance and conflict resolution by encouraging communication and framing key questions:

What are the drivers of resource extraction and in which geographies and political contexts is it most prevalent?

What are the impacts? What forms of resistance emerge?


This seminar will feature four panels covering: 

  1. the environmental dimension of mining
  2. the social dimension: conflicts and conflict resolution
  3. the legacies of mining
  4. mining (including all resource extraction) and sustainability

International and national scholars of different disciplines and backgrounds will present about cases such as sand extraction in the Mekong river delta, legacies of mining and acid water in South Africa, small scale artisanal illegal gold mining in French Guiana, social conflicts over mining in the Puebla region in Mexico, rehabilitation of ancient quarries in Quebec, and more.


For questions regarding the seminar, please contact David Blanchon or Christopher Scott.

For questions regarding event logistics, please contact Ruth Gosset or Molli Bryson.