Selected talks


On 20 December 2018 the Development Cooperation branch of the Flemish Interuniversity Council celebrated its 20th anniversary. I gave a Pecha Kucha on the impact of the long-term institutional cooperation with the Université Catholique de Bukavu.

Kinshasa 2018

In November 2018 I co-organized the conference Development Policies and Practices in the DRC in Centre Bilembo, Kinshasa. I gave a talk on “L’industrie minière et les effets d’entraînement. Quel développement pour la RDC?”

ECAS 2017

I convened a panel on Labour (markets) in extractive industries and presented a paper co-authored with Jeroen Cuvelier entitled “Local elites and labour control: continuities and changes in the Congolese mining sector”. Download the presentation here: ECAS2017_Presentation Sara v2

Surrey Business School 2017

I gave a presentation about CEGEMI’s research in eastern DRC for an audience of policy makers, international organizations and NGOs, consultancy firms and academics at the ASM Data Dialogue event, which was part of a World Bank and PACT-led initiative to set up a global database on ASM. Learn more about the DELVE project here. Download the presentation here: ASM Data Dialogue.

Bukavu 2016

I presented a paper and a poster at the Bukavu conference “Transition and local development in Eastern DRCongo” on 8-10 December: Bukavu conference_Geenen / Poster Geenen

Uppsala 2016

I gave a presentation on “How ‘uncertainty’ is governing the gold production network in Eastern DRCongo” at the workshop on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala: Uppsala workshop_Geenen

Surrey Business School 2015

I presented my field report on Ghana in a lecture on “Hybrid governance in mining concessions. Field report from Gana” in the Master in Extractive Industries and Society (prof. Gavin Hilson) at the Surrey Business School in November 2015: Surrey 2015_Geenen

Brussels 2015

I gave a keynote on “Artisanal frontier mining of gold: labour transformation in Africa”, which was based on a forthcoming article co-authored with Deborah Bryceson (in African Affairs) at the conference on Empire, Labour and Citizenship organized by VUB, ULB and Université Saint Louis in Brussels: 2015-11-19 Labour_Geenen

UCL 2015

I presented a work in progress  the UCL conference Chair Singleton ‘Radiographie du néoliberalisme”: UCL Singleton_Sara Geenen

Surrey Business School 2014

I gave a lecture on “Beyond conflict minerals. Discourses, policies and realities in the DRC” in the Master in Extractive Industries and Society (prof. Gavin Hilson) at the Surrey Business School in November 2014: Geenen_Surrey 28 Nov 2014

UCB 2014

I presented my PhD Research at the Université Catholique de Bukavu Jubilee conference in September 2014.

Mining Research Network 2014

I presented my post doc project proposal at the Mining Research Network seminar in Amsterdam in May 2014.

CAS 2014

I gave a presentation at the Centre of African Studies Annual Conference at the University of Edinburgh: Mining and Political Transformations in Africa.

ECAS 2013

I gave a presentation on the regulation of the gold sector in eastern DRC in a panel on conflict minerals organized by prof. Timothy Raeymaekers, University of Zurich, and one on land grabbing by mining companies, based on a book chapter I co-authored with Jana Hoenke, University of Edinburgh.

ASA UK 2012

At the British Africa Studies Association conference I gave a presentation on contentious encounters between mining companies and local communities, the case of Banro in South Kivu in a panel organized by prof. Gavin Hilson, Surrey University.