About the Blog

The Natural Resource Governance Discourse blog examines connections between global governance and human security within the realm of the extractive industries (e.g. mining for metals and minerals and drilling for oil and natural gas). The posts on this website focus on natural resource governance, global environmental policy, sustainable development, human security, and technological innovations such as use of blockchain, artificial intelligence, and robotics applied to mineral value chains. This approach is line with the themes expressed in A Research Agenda for Global Environmental Politics (Dauvergne and Alger 2018) where my co-authors and I question, Can we govern from global to local in the extractive industries? (Balag’kutu, McSparren, and VanDeveer, 2018) and the Routledge Handbook of Environmental Conflict and Peacebuilding (Ashook Swain and Öjendal 2018) where my co-authors and I look at linkages between environmental conflict and governance initiatives (Balag’kutu et al. 2018). The posts on this blog will enrich your understanding of natural resource and environmental governance. Enjoy reading the posts and engage in the discourse by leaving your own comments. Thanks, Jason

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). 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. 

Search Jason on Google Scholar for a list of his publications.

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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