Dr John ChildsLecturer
Having joined Lancaster in 2013 from LSE, my research interests focus on the politics of environmental governance in sub-Saharan Africa, most notably in Tanzania and Ghana. I am particularly interested in the political ecological dimensions of natural resource usage, notably the study of minerals and precious metals. Most contemporarily, I am intersted in the emergence of the discourse of 'responsibility' and ethics in the mining industry and am researching the extent to which Fairtrade can solve the problems of social and environmental injustice in artisanal and small-scale gold mining.
An ethical turn in African mining: voluntary regulation through fair trade
Fisher, E., Childs, J. 26/09/2013 In: Mining and social transformation in Africa. Abingdon : Routledge p. 130-147. 18 p. ISBN: 9780415833707.
"Fair trade gold": a key to alleviating mercury pollution in sub-Saharan Africa
Childs, J. 2010 In: Internation Jounal of Environment and Pollution. 41, 3-4, p. 259-271. 13 p.
Reforming small-scale mining in Sub-Saharan Africa: political and ideological challenges to a fair trade gold initiative
Childs, J. 12/2008 In: Resources Policy. 33, 4, p. 203-209. 7 p.