As a student-led event, the EX4DEV team is composed of a core group of PhD students and academic advisers from various disciplines and institutions.

EX4DEV17 Event Manager

Josh Sandin 

Josh is an ESRC-funded PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London, whose research focuses on informality and finance within artisanal and small-scale mining in sub-Saharan Africa. Having been part of the EX4DEV16 organising committee, he took the lead on EX4DEV17.

EX4DEV17 organising committee

James McQuilken, University of Surrey

Allison Lindner, University of Kent

Terry Garde, Middlesex University

Paul Fenton Villar, University of East Anglia

Professor Gavin Hilson

Dr Abby Hilson


EX4DEV16 Event Manager 

James McQuilken

James was an ESRC-funded PhD student at the University of Surrey, whose research focuses on artisanal and small-scale mining and mineral certification in sub-Saharan Africa. Having developed and led the original EX4DEV16 workshop, James also provided support and guidance for EX4DEV17.

EX4DEV16 organising committee 

Josh Sandin, Royal Holloway, University of London

Angélique Gatsinzi, University of Surrey

Suleman Dauda, University of Surrey

Professor Gavin Hilson


The organising committee would like to thank the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for their funding of the 2016 and 2017 workshops via their South-East Doctoral Training Centre. Further thanks go to the panellists, presenters and delegates for their participation and impassioned discussions.

Further thanks are extended to everyone behind the scenes at Royal Holloway and the University of Surrey for supporting the organisation and delivery of the events.