Research workshop: Beyond the resource curse

3 and 4 November 2011, Modus Operandi will organise with its partners, The University of Amsterdam, The Network University and the European Science Foundation a research worshop on the following topic: "Beyond the resource curse, new dynamics in the management of natural resources: new actors and concepts".  

The workshop will explore the new international and national power relations that result from a recent increase of demand by China and India for raw materials. It will analyse the impact of the arrival of new players on international agreements and on state-society relations in raw material exporting countries. It asks what the impact is of rising raw material demand and international monitoring on neo-patrimonial networks and governance in the producing countries and what successful instruments have been to curb the “resource curse”.  How to devise ways and means in which increasing income from raw material exports can be channelled in such a way that not only a small elite in the producing countries can benefit from it, but the large majority of  their people?

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Thursday, 3 November 2011

09.00-09.20 Welcome by Convenors
Gerd Junne (Professor International Relations, University of Amsterdam, Director of the Network University)

09.20-09.45 Presentation of the European Science Foundation (ESF)
Rainer Kattel (Professor, ESF Standing Committee for Social Sciences, Tallinn University of Technology, Tallinn, Estonia)

09.45-12:30 Morning Session: New players, changing international relations, new conflicts

09.45-10.30 Introduction to theme 1: Gerd Junne

Discussion paper on new players and the resource curse
Peter Konijn (Director Knowing Emerging Powers, researcher at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University)

Contribution on Natural Resource Governance and Conflict Prevention in Africa
Ashok Swain (Professor of Peace and Conflict Research, University of Uppsala, Sweden)

10.30-11.00 Coffee / Tea Break

11.00-12.30 Discussion paper on land grabbing as a form of resource curse: new actors and conflicts, a proposal of alternatives to land management
Michel Merlet (Director aGter, an association to contribute to the improvement of the governance of land, water and natural resources, France)

Experience of the IANRA in contributing to a more sustainable management of natural resources in Africa
Rosemarie Wuite (Program officer Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa, The Netherlands, representing the International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa)

Contribution on politics of possession
Christian Lund (Professor in International Development Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark)


12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-17.30 Afternoon Session: Natural resources as levers of power: the impact of international monitoring schemes on authoritarian regimes, based on rentier economies and neo-patrimonialism.

14.00-15.30 Introduction to theme 2 : Karine Gatelier (Dr., Modus Operandi, France)

Discussion paper on EITI in Chad in relation to Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Project
Gilbert Maoundonodji (Dr., Coordinator of the Group for Alternative Research and Monitoring of the Chad-Cameroon Petroleum Project, Chad)

Contribution on natural resources, crime and neo-patrimonial societies
Franceso Strazzari (Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy)


15.30-16.00 Coffee / tea break

16.00-17.30 Discussion paper on power relations and wealth sharing: the ReAct approach in working with local communities in Cameroon
Adrien Roux (Community Organiser ReAct, France)

Contribution on wealth sharing in gold mining in West Africa
Sabine Luning (Dr., Department of Cultural Anthropology, University of Leiden, Netherlands)

Contribution on the Effectiveness of UN sanctions in Angola, Liberia, and the DRC Congo
Thomas Kruiper (PhD candidate at the Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain)



19.00 Dinner at Restaurant


Friday, 4 November 2011

09.00-12:30 Morning Session: Changing state-society relations through tripartite governance of natural resources

09.00-11.00 Introduction to theme 3: Claske Dijkema (The Network University, The Netherlands)

Discussion paper on the role of Ngo's in the Kimberly process
Franziska Bieri (University of Maryland University College Europe, Germany)

Discussion paper on how global compacts can have a host of negative repercussions at the village level.
Gavin Hilson (Reader in Environment and Development at the University of Reading, United Kingdom)

Discussion paper on development diamonds: the perspectives of artisanal mining in Africa
Steven van Bockstael (Dr.,. Conflict Research Group, University of Ghent, Belgium)

Contribution on How to Assure a Positive Role of Diamond Mining to Post-conflict development in Sierra Leone
Roy Maconachie (Lecturer in International Development at the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Bath, Britain)


11.00-11.30 Coffee / Tea Break

11.30-12.30 Discussion paper on Global and local responses to the resource trap
Gilles Carbonnier (Professor of development economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva)

Contribution on recent experience with global and local responses to the resource trap
Lizzy Parsons (Campaigner - DR Congo, Global Witness, London, Britain)


12.30-14.00 Lunch

14.00-15.30 Discussion on follow up activities and future plans

15.30-16.00 Farewell Coffee / tea



1.Gerd JUNNE
Department of Political Science
University of Amsterdam
OZ Achterburgwal 237
1012 DL Amsterdam
The Netherlands


2.Claske DIJKEMA
The Network University
P.O. Box 94603
1090 GP Amsterdam
The Netherlands

La Reina
38660 Saint Pancrasse

ESF Representative:

4.Rainer KATTEL
Professor and Chair of Public Administration and European Studies
Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences
Tallinn University of Technology
Sutiste street 21
134 19 Tallinn   


5.Franziska BIERI Discussion Paper
University of Maryland / University College Europe
Im Bosseldorn 30
69126 Heidelberg

6.Steven van Bockstael Discussion paper
Conflict Research Group
University of Ghent

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
CP 136
1211 Geneva 21

8.Gavin HILSON
School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
University of Reading
Reading, Berkshire RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

9.Peter KONIJN Discussion Paper
Knowing Emerging Powers
Juliana van Stolbergstraat 72
1901 CH Castricum
The Netherlands

10.Thomas Kruiper Discussion Paper
Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Department of Law and Political Science

11.Christian Lund Discussion paper
Roskilde University
Department of Society and Globalisation
Building 23.2
4000 Roskilde

12.Sabine Luning Discussion Paper
Leiden University
Faculty of Social Sciences (Development sociology)
The Netherlands

13.Roy Maconachie Discussion paper
Lecturer in International Development
Department of Social and Policy Sciences University of Bath
Bath BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Groupe de Recherches Alternatives et de Monitoring du projet Pétrole Tchad-Cameroun (GRAMPTC)
Boulevard des Sao, 6e Arrondissement
BP 4021

45 bis, avenue de la Belle Gabrielle, 94736 Nogent sur Marne CEDEX

Modus Operandi
5103, Domaine universitaire Berlioz 38406, St. Martin d'Hères

17.Cyril Musila
Université of Kinshasa and Université Catholique à Paris

18.Lizzy Parsons Discussion Paper
Global Witness
6th Floor, Buchanan House  
30 Holborn
London, EC1N 2HS
United Kingdom

19.Adrien ROUX Discussion paper
Association ReAct
43620 Saint Pal de Mons

20.Francesco Strazzari
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Piazza Martiri della Libertà, 33
56127 Pisa

21.Ashok Swain Discussion paper
Uppsala University
Uppsala Center for Sustainable
Department of Peace and Conflict Research
Box 514
751 20 Uppsala

22.Rosemarie WUITE
Netherlands Institute Southern Africa
International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa
Postbus 10707
1001 ES Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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