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The Political Economy of the Presource Curse: expectations and the violence of imagination

Open guest lecture: Lars Buur will re-examine the “resource curse” thesis in the study of petroleum and other extractive industries.

Welcome to this open guest lecture on December 1st, 10:45 – 12:00:

The Political Economy of the Presource Curse: expectations and the violence of imagination

With Lars Buur, Roskilde University Centre, Denmark

Venue: OsloMet’s Conference Centre, Pilestredet 46 (Third Floor, PA 318 ), Oslo

Lars Buur is an Associate professor in international development and global studies at Roskilde University.

He has a PhD in ethnography and social anthropology from Aarhus university. His forthcoming edited book (2023) Land, Rights, and the Politics of Investments in Africa: Ruling Elites, Power and Natural Resources.

In the lecture Lars Buur will re-examine the “resource curse” thesis in the study of petroleum and other extractive industries. He presents “presource curse” as a useful concept to understand the sometimes violent consequences of expectations of huge revenues from investments in natural resource extraction. 

The guest lecture is part of the seminar Energy for all: Can gas extraction contribute to sustainable development? The cases of Mozambique and Tanzania at OsloMet. The lecture will be followed by a (free) lunch. Please follow the link to the main seminar to register.

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