About the Author

The author is Dr. Jason J. McSparren. He earned his Ph.D. in Global Governance & Human Security at the McCormack Graduate School, University of Massachusetts, Boston (2019) and a MS Global Studies and International Affairs, Northeastern University, (2012). He is also a Pre-Doctoral Fellow (2017-18) for the West African Research Association (WARA).  His dissertation research investigates the political-institutional norms of governance at the national and sub-national levels of natural resource governance in Mali. The title is, Seeking a Nexus between Transparency, Accountability and Sustainable Development in the Extractive Industries: An Analysis of the Mali Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (MEITI).

Jason was also a researcher for a multi-year project funded by the Qatar National Research Foundation titled, Natural Resource Governance in Africa, Promoting a Qatari Perspective and Economic Diversification. His notable publications include: Sangaré and McSparren (2018) “Acknowledging Conflict across Mali’s Centre: Drivers and History,” African solutions Journal 2(II);Balag’kutu, McSparren and VanDeever (2018) “Extractives and Environmental Governance Research,” in A Research Agenda for Global Environmental Politics (Edited by Alger and Dauvergne); Jang, McSparren, Rashchupkina, (2016), “Global Governance: present and future,” Palgrave Communications 2; McSparren, Tok, Sanz, (2015), “Contours of Qatar-Sub-Saharan Africa Relations: Shedding Light on Trends and Prospects,” London School of Economics Middle East Centre; McSparren, Tok, Besada, Shaw (2015), “Inclusive Growth, Governance of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development in Africa from a Qatari Perspective,” in “African and the Gulf Region: Blurred Boundaries and Shifting Ties,” Gerlach Press. Jason’s research interests include the International Political Economy of natural resource extractive sectors, Global Environmental Policy, Global Governance initiatives and Human Security studies. 

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Coast of Dakar, Senegal
The Niger River flying into Bamako, Mali
Community Garden, Bamako, Mali (Photo Credits 1,2,3 JJMcSparren)

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