School of Business and Law
Studies in Human Society
Prof. John Rolfe, Prof. Susan Kinnear
Doctor of Philosophy

Research Details

Thesis Name

Options for avoiding land-mining conflicts in developing countries: A case study from the Côte dIvoire

Thesis Abstract

Côte d'Ivoire is rich in both agricultural and mineral resources. In 2010, the country decided to diversify the determinants of its development by attracting mining activities. However, there are many land-related tensions between stakeholders. Clearly, the coexistence between these two industries is a real challenge as mining operations are almost taking place in the rural agricultural areas where land is the most important asset for communities. Moreover, the legislation on mine closure is essentially dedicated to technical and environmental aspects while post-mine land claim is expected to be strong. This research proposes way forward to balance stakeholders' expectation.

Why my research is important/Impacts

This research proposes way forward to stakeholders ensuring that host communities are treated equitably while natural resources project is developed. It has three major objectives: 

  • analyse various mining regulations and their understanding by host communities; 
  • understand how land access for mining impacts local community; and
  • finally develop management scenarios of land-mining conflicts in developing countries.