Rosanna Carver

PhD student


My thesis focuses on the blue economy, exploring sovereignty over emerging resource frontiers in the context of the marine phosphate mining debate in Namibia. This research is funded by the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC Studentship) and involves fieldwork in Windhoek, Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, Namibia and Cape Town, South Africa. From February - April 2017 I was connected to the University of Namibia as a Visiting Scholar. From September - November 2018 I will be a Visiting PhD Student at UC Berkeley, hosted by Nancy Peluso. In addition to my PhD thesis, I am currently working on an independent research project on the Trepca mining complex. This research involves fieldwork in Serbia and Kosovo.

Alongside this, I undertake consultancy work focusing on environmental, social and governance issues in mineral supply chains. I am currently the lead researcher on a project which, among other partners, involves the Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment. I have also worked as a Research Assistant with Mining Shared Value a venture of Engineers Without Borders Canada and was an Evaluation Researcher with ITAD specialising in Climate Finance.

Prior to joining the University of Lancaster I worked for a number of consultancies and local government organisations. I hold MSc and BSc degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of York, respectively. My MSc research concentrated on issues surrounding artisanal and small scale mining; focusing on the role of land reclamation (following diamond mining) in post conflict reconstruction and regeneration in Sierra Leone.

Teaching Assistance

I have provided teaching assistance for seminars in the following undergraduate modules:

Political Geography(2016 and 2018)

Research Skills(2016)


Belgrade Security Forum, SerbiaDelegate

Mining Indaba, Cape Town, South AfricaDelegate and participant in the Young Leaders Development Programme.

Harnessing Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa

Participation in conference

Territoriality, sovereignty and accumulation strategies in the global ocean

Participation in seminar

London International Boundary Conference

Participation in conference and workshops:Practical Approaches to Delimitation Mineral Resources Beyond Oil and Gas and their Significance for Coastal States’ Maritime Boundaries

The Politics and Ethics of Research on Contentious Terrain

Participation in workshop

A Dangerous Business: Peace Brigades Conference on Extractive Industries

Participation in conference