All Spring 2020 Postponed

Thea Riofrancos - Assistant Professor of Political Science, Providence College


"Resource Radicals: From Petro-Nationalism to Post-Extractivism in Ecuador"

20 March


Martín Abregú - VP International Programs, Ford Foundation

"Natural Resource Extraction as a Problem of Social Justice: What Role for Civil Society?"
The Albert, Norma, and Howard Geller Lecture of the George Perkins Marsh Institute

2 April

Clark University Student Research on Extractives

Short presentations showcasing student research projects on resource extrction and

society from 2019-2020

23 April




Winter 2019-2020

Extractives@Clark organized two paper sessions at the

Conference of Latin American Geography in Antigua, Guatemala ::  2-4 January, 2020

Contemporary extractivism in Latin America 1: Representations and Reconceptualizations


This panel explores manifestations of contemporary extractivism in Latin America, as well the ways in which it can be conceptualized and

represented. Extractivism goes beyond extractive industries (mining, oil, and gas) and may be better understood as a logic of rent capture

that involves the extraction of natural resource rents without restoration of those resources nor of the socio-natural relations that they

previously sustained. Extractivism can be manifest, then, as development strategies based on synergies between infrastructure, extractive

industry, agro-industry, extensive ranching and similar, as well as in the form of smaller scale activities operating with logics of rent capture
without restoration or care. Alternatives to extractivism refer not only to alternative economic activities, but also to alternatives logics based

not on rent capture but diverse forms of socio-natural cohabitation. The academy, civil society, private and public sector actors have

represented extractivism and its alternatives in diverse ways. The papers in this panel document a range of extractivisms and

alternatives, and diverse means of representing and conceptualizing these.


Contemporary extractivism in Latin America 2: Representations and Reconceptualizations

Extractivism always involves violence, but the forms taken by such violence vary in kind and degree as well as across space and time and

intersect in complex ways with the governance of the territories in which resource extraction occurs. This panel explores such violences

and their implications for territorial governance and control, as well as the conditions under which more inclusive and peaceful forms of

governance might emerge. The panel addresses cases from both Mesoamerican and South America, in particular covering territories

affected by mining, hydrocarbons, tourism, and extractive logging.


Fall 2019



Ximena Warnaars - Program Office, Natural Resources and Climate, at The Ford Foundation

Career-focused Brown Bag

19 September (Wed.), 2pm : Jefferson, Room 202

Scott Sellwood - Senior Program Advisor, Extractive Industries, at Oxfam America

Career-focused Brown Bag

9 October (Wed.), 1pm : IDCE House, Granville Room

Roy Maconachie - Reader in International Development, University of Bath

"Voices from he Mine: Artisanal diamonds and resource governance in Sierra Leone"

21 October (Mon.), 6pm : Dana Commons, Fireside Lounge

Cesar Gamboa - Executive Director, Derechos, Ambiente, y Recursos Naturales (Peru)

"Threats to the Amazon: Fire and Infrastructure"

4 November (Mon.), 6pm : Sackler, Room 121

Jose Martinez-Diaz - Director of Engagement, Greenpeace USA

Conversation on activism and environmental careers

22 November, 4pm : Libbey Lounge (Geog. 104)


Summer 2019

Anthony Bebbington and Denise Humphreys-Bebbington

Report Launch of “Evaluación y alcance de la industria extractiva y la infraestructura

en relación con la deforestación: Amazonía

Recap of event (ESP) can be found HERE

5 July 2019 : Lima, Peru

Anthony Bebbington and Denise Humphreys-Bebbington

Book Launch ofGobernanza de las industrias extractivas: politica, historia, ideas

Video recap of event (ESP) can be found HERE

5 July 2019 : Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru



Fall 2018

Anthony Bebbington

Second Forum of the National Human Rights Ombudsperson: "Perú en Diálogo: Transformando conflictos sociales en

desarrollo para todos y todas"

17 September 2018 : Lima, Peru


Nicholas Cuba - Landsat time series show the nature and magnitude of the impact of mineral extraction on agriculture and natural vegetation in the Peruvian Highlands

Denise Humphreys Bebbington - Infrastructure development, resource extraction and threats to forest communities in Mexico

Laura Aileen Sauls - Examining the socio-environmental impacts of extractivist policy in Central America

Benjamin Fash - Re-presenting extractivism and alternatives from Honduran social movements

Anthony Bebbington - Extractivism and territorial governance

Belén Noroña - Mining as epistemic violence: Erasure of Indigenous epistemologies in the Amazon region of Ecuador

Andrew Davis - Extractive economies, new "regimes of rule" and implications for social movements in Central America

Discussant: Christian Brannstrom

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