I am an assistant professor in International Development, Globalization and Poverty at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium. I am co-director of ECA – CREAC (Expertise Center for Central Africa) and project leader of the Centre d’Expertise en Gestion Minière (CEGEMI) at the Université Catholique de Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
My current research interests lie in the global and local development dimensions of extractivist projects, addressing questions about more socially responsible and inclusive forms of globalization. I study, among others, global regulatory systems and development outcomes in the South, informalization processes, ‘linkages‘ and local spillovers from mining activities, labour markets in the extractive industries, technological transformations and upgrading. I am coordinating a FWO-funded project ‘InforMining. An in depth study of informalization processes in global gold production’ and involved in an FWO-EOS project ‘Winners and losers from globalization and market integration. Insights from micro data’.
Previously my research has focused on the political economy/ political ecology of mining, looking at how benefits and power are distributed, as well as how practices and interactions are regulated and governed. While my PhD studied artisanal gold mining in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo through the lens of ‘access theory’, my post-doctoral project (FWO fellowship) focused on hybrid governance and company-community relations in large-scale gold projects in the DRC and in Ghana.
I have published numerous articles in academic journals such as World Development, Geoforum, African Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Eastern African Studies, European Journal of Development Research, Resources Policy, The Extractive Industries and Society and Futures (see profile on University of Antwerp, ResearchGate and GoogleScholar). I have done consultancy work for international organizations and have given expert advice on the issue of artisanal mining and conflict minerals in the DRC. I am co-editor of the book Global gold production touching ground. Expansion, informalization, and technological innovation (Palgrave). I am the author of African artisanal mining from the inside out. Access, norms and power in the Congolese gold sector (Routledge), which has been reviewed here.
I am teaching the courses ‘Global Organization of Production: Value Chains and Labour’, ‘Access to (Labour and Product) Markets’, ‘Participatory and action research in development’ and ‘Qualitative Data Analysis’ in the Master in Globalization and Development at IOB. I am also teaching at the Catholic University of Bukavu in the DRC.