In-depth Study of the Role of Women in Artisanal & Small-scale Mining (ASM) in 3 Conflict-affected African Countries

Carleton Faculty Receive SSHRC Grants Totalling More than $2.4 Million

5th January 2015

Carleton University will receive more than $2.4 million in grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The funding is divided among 12 researchers covering a diverse range of topics, from medieval texts and domestic violence to linguistics and women in mining.

Insight Development Grants support research in its initial stages. The grants enable the development of new research questions, as well as experimentation with new methods, theoretical approaches and ideas. Funding is provided for short-term projects of up to two years proposed by individuals or teams.
Long-term support for research is offered through SSHRC’s Insight Grants. Funding is available to both emerging and established scholars for long-term research initiatives of three to five years.

An Insight Grant will enable Blair Rutherford, director of the Institute of African Studies, to conduct an in-depth study of the role of women in artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) in three conflict-affected African countries at different stages of rebuilding: Sierra Leone, Kenya and Zimbabwe. Rutherford aims to provide a better understanding of women’s economic roles in mining and thus address a significant gap in knowledge about ASM and women as economic actors in post-conflict settings. The study will also consider the impacts of policies aimed at legalizing and regularizing ASM, contributing to policy discussions about strengthening conflict or fragile states and their mining sectors.

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More information on a 3-year ASM women in mining study for Central Africa, also from the Institute of African Studies