• Associate professor, Päivi Lujala
    Päivi Lujala, I am Associate Professor in Geography at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and I am heading the TrAcRevenues project. My research focuses on two broad topics: i) management of valuable natural resources in the context of armed civil conflict, peacebuilding and development and ii) socioeconomic vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change. Most recently, my research on natural resources has focused on transparency and accountability in natural resource revenue management. Most of all, I would like to know how and to what extent increased information about sizes and directions of natural resource revenue flows and openness in revenue governance can promote more equalitarian and effective natural resource revenue spending in poor but resource-rich countries. My webpage http://paivilujala.weebly.com
  • Professor, Ragnar Torvik
    Ragnar Torvik is Professor of Economics at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He holds a PhD from University of Oslo, and has previously worked at Norges Bank (The Central Bank of Norway). His main interests are political economy, petroleum economics, and macroeconomics. The main current research field is why som oil rich countries have succeeded while others have not, and the design of policy so as to ensure that natural resource abundance contributes to a favourable economic and political development.
  • Professor, Cathrine Brun
    Cathrine Brun, has worked for 20 years on forced migration, conflict and disasters. Currently she is working particularly on humanitarianism in protracted displacement and chronic crises and with housing for forced migrants. Her work has also engaged with the ethics and politics of humanitarianism, the experiences and practices of humanitarians, and the unintended consequences of humanitarian categories and labelling practices, particularly in the context of long-term conflict and displacement. Collaborating with colleagues, organisations and citizen groups in countries like Sri Lanka, Georgia and more recently Malawi, she has developed innovatory methods for ethnographic fieldwork, participatory action research and real time research.
  • Senior Researcher, Siri Aas Rustad
    Siri Aas Rustad (PhD) is a Senior Research at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) as well as a lecturer at the Norwegian University of Life Science. Her research interests are among others conflict related to natural resources, post-conflict natural resource management, extractive industries in fragile areas, sexual violence related to natural resources and the geography of conflict. Her work has appeared in journals like Political Geography, Journal of Peace Research, International Interactions and Conflict Management and Peace Science. In addition she is the co-editor of the book High-Value Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (2012 Routledge).
  • Senior Attorney and Co-Director, Carl Bruch
    Carl Bruch is a Senior Attorney and Co-Director of International Programs at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI). He has helped countries and organizations throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe develop and strengthen their environmental laws, improve institutions, and build capacity. He has worked on a range of issues related to natural resources, conflict, and post-conflict peacebuilding. He is coordinating a global initiative on environmental peacebuilding. He has edited more than ten books, and has authored dozens of articles. Webpage: http://www.eli.org/bios/carl-bruch
  • PhD Candidate, Sam A. Kasimba
    Sam A. Kasimba is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Geography, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has backgrounds from African Studies and Social Anthropology and holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Development Studies, specializing in Geography (NTNU). In his master thesis work Kasimba studied synergies between mobile banking service and livelihoods in the urban and peri-urban areas in Kenya. Kasimba’s PhD project examines benefit sharing trust funds as mechanisms for channeling high-value natural resource revenues back to the extraction areas. A key objective is to study how transparency and accountability have been institutionalized in such funds and how these types of funds can be useful mechanisms in advancing transparency and accountability in managing revenues from high-value natural resources. Kasimba has conducted field work in Kenya and Ghana.
  • Executive Director Ishmael Edjekumhene
    Ishmael Edjekumhene is the Executive Director of the Kumasi Institute of Technology and Environment (KITE), a leading policy research and advocacy non-governmental organization working in the energy, environment and technology sectors. Mr. Edjekumhene has over 16 years research and working experience in the energy, environment and technology sectors. Mr. Edjekumhene’s researches focuses on how Ghana can maximize the benefits from its emerging oil and gas industry while at the same minimizing the undesirable negative effects of same. Mr. Edjekumhene is the Focal Point for African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in the Africa-European Union Energy Partnership (AEEP) as well as the Focal Point for the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) for West Africa. He is also member of the Electricity and Natural Gas Technical Committees of the Energy Commission and a pioneering member of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) and served on the Committee from 2011-2014. He also chairs the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Energy Network of Ghana, which is the first country affiliate of the Energy Access Practitioner Network. Webpage: http://kiteonline.net/
  • Professor, Philippe Le Billon
    Philippe Le Billon is Professor at the University of British Columbia with the Department of Geography and the Liu Institute for Global Issues. He holds an MBA (Paris 1) and PhD (Oxford). Prior to joining UBC, he was a Research Associate with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Working on linkages between environment, development and security, he has published widely on natural resource governance and investigates socio-environmental relations and commodity networks linking spaces of exploitation, consumption and regulation. Such work engages with the spatiality, materiality and socio-natural construction of ‘resources’, their political economy and socio-environmental impacts, as well as associated development challenges and social struggles. He is the (co)author of 39 refereed papers and 23 book chapters. His two latest books are Oil (Polity Press, 2012 with Gavin Bridge) and Wars of Plunder: Conflicts, Profits and the Politics of Resources (Columbia UP, 2013). Webpage: http://www.geog.ubc.ca/persons/philippe-le-billon/
  • Associate Professor, Christa Brunnschweiler
    Christa Brunnschweiler, I'm a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Economics at the School of Economics of the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom. Previously, I worked at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, and at ETH in Zurich, Switzerland. I got my Master’s degree in Political Science and my PhD in Economics from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. My research interests are in applied economics. I've mainly explored topics in economic growth and development, particularly in resource economics and conflict studies. I'm also fascinated by economic history and how it affects present-day economic and political activities. Webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/christabrunnschweiler/home