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2 Phd Positions ‘Environmental Histories of Resource Extraction in Africa’ (University of Groningen) – deadline 31 May 2022

Applications are invited for two fully funded, four-year PhD positions within the research project Environmental Histories of Resource Extraction in Africa: Understanding Cultural and Political Responses to Environmental Transformation, financed by the European Research Council (ERC) and led by Dr Iva Peša. Through a comparative study of three African localities of resource extraction (oil drilling in Nigeria; copper mining in Zambia; gold mining in South Africa), focusing on the period 1950-2020, this project aims to analyse and explain the diversity of cultural and political responses to environmental transformation.

The two positions now open for applications are

  • PhD position Environmental Histories of Resource Extraction in Africa (1.0 FTE): The PhD candidate will conduct an in-depth case study of a mining waste dump in Johannesburg (to be discussed). This PhD project will involve a research stay in Johannesburg of c. 9 months.
  • PhD position Environmental History Niger Delta (1.0 FTE): The PhD candidate will conduct an in-depth case study in the Niger Delta (to be discussed, this may include the oil refinery in Alesa Eleme or the 1970 oil spill in Ejama Ebubu and its aftermath). This PhD project will involve a research stay in the Niger Delta of c. 9 months.

Applications are due by 31 May 2022.

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