Call for Papers in Society & Natural Resources Special Issue:
Conservation, Natural Resources, & Environmental Protection in Africa
Although most of the population of Africa lives in poverty, the continent is endowed with vast reserves of oil and gas, minerals, forests, water, wild game, and other natural resources. These enormous natural resources have attracted global economic interests and competition among world powers, making Africa a strategic but weak trading partner. Yet the centuries-long exploitation of Africa’s natural resources has led to limited development within the continent, and has culminated in a series of interlinked environmental crises including deforestation, biodiversity loss, water scarcity and pollution, soil degradation and crop failure, and solid and hazardous waste build-up. These have been exacerbated by rapid urbanization, climate crises, pandemics, authoritarianism, economic devastation, and gender inequality, to name just a few. Faced with multiple, overlaying crises, how are states, policymakers, advocates, practitioners, citizens, and other stakeholders taking up concerns with respect to conservation, natural resources, and environmental protection across Africa today?
Submissions are invited that illuminate the centrality of the policy environment in addressing the continent’s sustainable development dilemmas, and propose pathways toward more sustainable natural resources management and environmental protection in Africa. Contributions welcome from multiple levels of analysis, drawing from various disciplinary, gender, and theoretical perspectives, and examining related topics in countries across the continent.
Interested colleagues are encouraged to submit their manuscript online by clicking here and selecting “Conservation, Natural Resources, and Environmental Protection in Africa” in the Special Issue drop down menu. The submission deadline is November 30, 2021.