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 Namibia and South Africa. From February - April 2017 I was connected to the University of Namibia as a Visiting Scholar. In the Fall 2018 I was based as Visiting PhD Student at UC Berkeley, hosted by Nancy Peluso.

Additional Research

I am currently working on an independent research project on resource nationalism and the Trepca mining complex. This research involves fieldwork in Serbia and Kosovo.

Alongside my academic work, I undertake consultancy work focusing on environmental, social and governance issues in mineral supply chains. I have also worked with Mining Shared Value as a Researcher and with ITAD specialising in Climate Finance. Prior to my PhD I took a side step into film production, with a focus on science communication. Clients included the BBC's Natural History Unit, a number of universities and Horizon 2020 projects as well as local and national NGOs.


MSc Environment and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science

My masters thesis concentrated on artisanal and small scale mining and the role of land reclamation (following diamond mining) in post conflict reconstruction and regeneration in Sierra Leone.

BSc Environmental Management, Economics and Ecology, The University of York

Teaching Assistance

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

Political Geography

Research Skills

Conference Presentations

RGS-IBG 2018, Cardiff, UKPresenter on the panel: Sustinable Landscapes? How is the sustainable development agenda (re)working and (re)producing landscapes?

POLLEN 2018, Oslo, NorwayPresenter on the panel: Blue de-growth and the politics of the sea. Rethinking the blue economy.Co-organiser, Co-chair and Presenter of the panel: Tangled up in the blue and the green: the embedded politics of labour in the making of green economies.

Additional activities

Belgrade Security Forum

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