The panel aims to explore the ‘new’ politics that define extraction of critical minerals in Africa. Central to this are questions around power dynamics, continuities, and changes for local communities, and shifting policy directions that accompany mining for the energy transition.
The race to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 has intensified. Achieving this green transition requires a rapid depletion of fossil fuels combined with an increased extraction of critical minerals, such as lithium, cobalt, and nickel. As the most resource abundant continent, Africa’s role in the carbon neutrality agenda is instrumental. Alongside this new predicted boom in mining demand is increased demands by states and communities for greater development opportunities and outputs.
The race to the energy transition opens up a plethora of new questions around extraction’s role in Africa’s political economy and its impacts at both the national and local level. Questions remain over whether this shift to sustainable energy will also contain a shift in sustainable development for mining-orientated economies and communities. Historical outcomes of mining-based development has tended to be poor, leading to concerns that this new rush for minerals will lead to ‘more of the same’.
We welcome abstracts that seek to unpack the concept of ‘just transitions,’ interrogate the political incentives that shape policy adoption and enforcement of minerals that are required for the energy transition. This panel seeks to explore these changes and understand the ‘new’ political instruments that define extraction in resource-rich African countries. Central to this are questions around power dynamics, continuities, and changes for local communities, and shifting policy directions that have accompanied mining for the energy transition. We encourage both single and comparative case-studies that explore these issues to bring grater nuances to our understanding of the energy transition agenda.
Accepted papers:Session 1
Neil Maheve (Rhodes University)
Elvis Avenyo (University of Johannesburg)
Aidan Barlow (University of Bath)
Matthew Tyce (King's College London) Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (University of Ghana Business School) Kojo Asante (Ghana Center for Democratic Development)
Neeraja Kulkarni (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University)
Gerald Arhin (University of Manchester) Antoinette Ayikwao (Accra Technical University)
Wojciech Tycholiz (Jagiellonian University in Krakow)
Armstrong Mudzengerere (EIMAS (European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies))