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The extraction, exploitation and trade of natural resources continue to be a source of conflict worldwide, notwithstanding claims of inclusive and equitable development. This course helps PhD students unravel the multiple contraditions surrounding the access to natural resources, the overt and covert forms of violence involved, and the resistance this may generate. Specific attention is paid to the role of institutionalised and state power in shaping conflict. The course offers students a solid theoretical basis to problematize the relation between natural resources and conflict.
Organised by the Wageningen School of Social Sciences and Centre for Space Place and Society (Wageningen University), the course is relevant to PhD students who are interested to (further) develop a conceptualization of conflict and violence relevant to their research problem and setting. It moves beyond well-known theories on resource scarcity and the ‘resource curse’, discussing critical perspectives from political sociology, philosophy, geography and economics.