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Research interests

My research in Sub-Saharan Africa explores the social, political and economic aspects of food production and natural resource management, and their relationships to wider societal change. Much of my recent work has been concerned with the politics of natural resource management in West Africa, with a particular focus on the extractive industries, livelihood change and social conflict. My disciplinary background is in human geography, but my work has largely been interdisciplinary in its approach, drawing principally upon anthropology and politics/political economy.

In pursuing my research, I have developed strong international links with a wide range of institutions in Africa, including Fourah Bay College (Sierra Leone), Bayero University Kano (Nigeria) and Makerere University (Uganda). Before joining the International Development Group at Bath, I was a post-doctoral fellow at IDPM, University of Manchester (2007-2009) and IDS Sussex (2005-2007).

Current and recent research themes:

  • Socio-economic dimensions of small-scale mining in West Africa
  • Natural resource governance and the extractive industries
  • Community-based resource management, livelihoods and institution building in post-conflict states
  • Youth identity politics and rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Urban and peri-urban food production and resource management in West Africa

Find out more about my research on natural resources in West Africa here

PhD Supervison

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on topics related to:

  • The environmental and socio-economic dimensions of artisanal and small-scale mining.
  • The dynamics of conflict and competition over natural resources in developing countries.
  • Community based resource management and livelihoods in post conflict states.

I am particularly committed to working with students whose research interests lie in West Africa.



Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Queen's University, Kingston

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sussex

Master of Economics, University of Sussex

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Projects 2009 2018

value chain
community development

Research Links Programme

Brown, G. & Maconachie, R.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Researcher Links Programme

Brown, G., Devine, J. & Maconachie, R.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

Research Output 2003 2018

Oil governance in Nigeria's Niger Delta: Exploring the role of the militias

Tantua, B., Devine, J. & Maconachie, R. 17 Apr 2018 In : Extractive Industries and Society. 5, 3, p. 302-307

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Opportunity or Necessity? Conceptualizing Entrepreneurship at African Small-Scale Mines

Hilson, G., Hilson, A. & Maconachie, R. 1 Jun 2018 In : Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 131, p. 286-302 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Economic Development
Africa South of the Sahara
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM)
1 Citations
Open Access
Solar energy

'The war whose bullets you don’t see’: Diamond digging, resilience and Ebola in Sierra Leone

Maconachie, R. & Hilson, G. 27 Mar 2018 In : Journal of Rural Studies. 61, p. 110-122

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

survival strategy
Sierra Leone