CHARTING A PATH TO SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS FOR MINERAL-DEPENDENT COMMUNITIES.

India: BEYOND THE RESOURCE CURSE:.

India: BEYOND THE RESOURCE CURSE

How can informal, artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) benefit poor local communities without degrading the environment? This action-research project examines micro-level mineral-based livelihoods to place them in context of agrarian transition. It investigates production and labour processes, commodity-supply chains, and gendered labour. Epistemologically, it uses an innovative means to build capacity for the miners and to enhance environmental sustainability. In other words, the project challenges the current paradigm on informal mining and aims to improve the livelihoods of these people while enhancing environmental sustainability.

Outcomes include potential shift in scholarly thinking on informal mining, as well as practical knowledge of precarious livelihoods, reduction of harmful environmental practices through community-based initiatives, and empowerment of women in the ‘feminised’ labour processes.

Overall Aims
This innovative project combines research with participatory action, expands scholarly understanding of mineral-dependence and connects it to neoliberal development, agrarian changes and the informal economy by exploring mineral governance, production and labour organisations, and gendered livelihoods in ASM in India.

ARC Beyond the Resource Curse

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