Ex4Dev16 was the first interdisciplinary workshop funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The two-day event brought together over 40 PhD researchers, leading academics and expert industry practitioners at the Surrey Business School, University of Surrey.

For an overview read the EX4DEV16 Post Workshop Briefing and find #EX4DEV16 on Twitter.

Atta and GavinStephen Okyere, a diamond dealer and miner from Ghana, tells Professor Gavin Hilson about the damaging effects of the 2006-2007 Kimberly Process embargo on the sale of diamonds in his hometown during the workshop question and answer session.

EX4DEV16 Special Section

Participants were invited to submit papers for publication in a special section of The Extractive Industries and Society which was edited by James McQuilken with support from Professor Gavin Hilson.

Introduction to workshop viewpoints: Harnessing extractive industries for development in sub-Saharan Africa

James McQuilken



  • This collection of short papers share viewpoints on the theme of Harnessing Extractive Industries for Development in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • It is the output of a workshop by the same name held in June 2016 at the University of Surrey.
  • The workshop captured views on extractives-led development and perspectives on the resource curse that has blighted the region for decades.
  • This special section introduces and summarises both the workshop and collection of papers.
  • It aims to help practitioners reach a wider academic audience, stimulate further debate and spark the potential for collaboration.

Local procurement in mining: A central component of tackling the resource curse

Jeff Geipel


A bumpy road: Maximising the value of a resource corridor

Julia Baxter, Anne-Claire Howard, Tom Mills, Sophie Rickard, and Steve Macey


Environmental Impact Assessments in developing countries: We need to talk about politics

Aoife McCullough


Reflections on the opportunities for mining companies to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in sub – Saharan Africa

Natalia Yakovlevaa, Juha Kotilainenb, and Maija Toivakkab