Seeing Conflict At The Margins
 

Investors are committing unprecedented funds to exploit Africa's resources: oil and gas, minerals, geothermal, wind, landscapes and wildlife. Many of these are located at the rural margins.

 
 

The rural margins are places that are geographically or politically distant from national governments and international investors that drive new development.

How do people in these places 'see' and respond to large-scale resource developments? This project explores experiences in communities in Kenya and Madagascar.

 

Features

 
 
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Precarious prospects: oil in northern Kenya

This digital story tells the story of changing lives and livelihoods in Lokichar, a small town in Turkana County, and surrounding villages that are at the centre of northern Kenya’s oil frontier

 

Explore

Explore our research sites and learn about the communities we are working with.

 

Kenya

Our work focuses on Loiyangalani and nearby villages on the eastern shores of Lake Turkana near Africa's largest wind farm, as well as communities in Ol Karia living adjacent to Kenya's largest geo-thermal development.

Madagascar

Our research is in southern and southwestern Madagascar, where agricultural, pastoralist and forest-dependent communities face challenges associated with climate change, crime and security initiatives, extractive investments and exclusionary biodiversity conservation.

 
 

Publications and Blogs

Read papers and articles based on the research.

About

Find out about our research partners and the methodologies we are using.

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Partners

Find out about the partners and collaborators we are working with at sites in Kenya and Madagascar.

Studying resource conflicts

Learn about why we are interested in conflicts around resource conflicts, and what's involved in studying them.

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Seeing from below

What does it mean to 'see from below' to understand resource conflicts?

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Transdisciplinary approach

Find out about the approach and methodologies used in the project.

Project team

Amber Huff, Institute of Development Studies

Amber Huff, Institute of Development Studies

Jeremy Lind, Institute of Development Studies

Jeremy Lind, Institute of Development Studies

Jackie Shaw, Institute of Development Studies

Jackie Shaw, Institute of Development Studies

Lotte Hughes

Lotte Hughes

Wilma De Jong, Sussex University

Wilma De Jong, Sussex University

Barry Ferguson

Barry Ferguson

Michael Ole Tiampati, Pastoralist Development Network of Kenya

Michael Ole Tiampati, Pastoralist Development Network of Kenya

Makambo Lotorobo, Friends of Lake Turkana

Makambo Lotorobo, Friends of Lake Turkana

Daniel Salau, Carleton University

Daniel Salau, Carleton University

Everline Parkire, Pastoralist Development Network of Kenya

Everline Parkire, Pastoralist Development Network of Kenya

Ikal Angelei, Friends of Lake Turkana

Ikal Angelei, Friends of Lake Turkana

Deborah Manzolillo Nightingale

Deborah Manzolillo Nightingale

Andrew Orina, Friends of Lake Turkana

Andrew Orina, Friends of Lake Turkana

Irene Nabiara, Friends of Lake Turkana

Irene Nabiara, Friends of Lake Turkana

Jacqueline Aiko

Jacqueline Aiko

James Lepolote, Friends of Lake Turkana

James Lepolote, Friends of Lake Turkana