Dr John Childs


Having joined Lancaster in 2013, I am particularly interested in the political ecological dimensions of natural resources, including the study of minerals, precious metals, oil and gas. I have researched the emergence of the discourse of 'responsibility' and ethics in the mining industry, particularly the extent to which Fairtrade can solve the problems of social and environmental injustice in artisanal and small-scale gold mining. Most contemporarily, I am interested in the political economy of 'resource nationalism' in sub-Saharan Africa and welcome PhD applications related to the political ecology of extractive resources more generally.