Dr John Childs


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.