Author: Lisa Miller

In the midst of #Galamstop

In November 2018, when I conducted my first fieldwork for our Gold Matters project, the town of Tarkwa in Ghana was unusually quiet. Although unusual, it had been like this for several months. Whereas Tarkwa is known as a bustling mining town – hosting not only some of Ghana´s largest industrial mines, but also numerous…
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Pilot Fieldwork in Northern Ghana

In March, collective pilot fieldwork was undertaken in Northern Ghana involving team members with different regional expertise. The research involved two senior researchers with expertise in respectively South America and West Africa, one PhD working in Burkina Faso and one in Uganda. Three topics were central: the working conditions underground, gender aspects of work along the…
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Gold Matters: Deep Diversity in Uganda

In November 2018, I travelled to Uganda with Eleanor Fisher (Project Lead) and Sabine Luning (Netherlands Principle Investigator and my supervisor) to visit the Gold Matters project partners and to learn about local Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM). Some observations , as I begin my PhD, are worth sharing. Today, on my first day…
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GOLD MATTERS: launch of NORFACE/Belmont Forum project on sustainability transformations in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining

As an international and interdisciplinary research consortium, the Team spent two days at Leiden University in October 2018 for the launch of our ‘GOLD MATTERS project – Sustainability Transformations in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining: A Multi-Actor and Trans-Regional Perspective, funded jointly by NORFACE and Belmont Forum. Sustainability transformations At the heart of the ‘GOLD…
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