Plenary Discussion

December 5, 2014, 9:00 - 11:00

C3 - Center for International Development, Sensengasse 3, 1090 Vienna

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"Resource Extraction as a Development Model? Current Pathways and Conflicts"

December 5, 2014

In recent years, the extraction of natural resources has gained momentum due to rising demand and prices. Globally, countries have rediscovered the extraction of natural resources as an important source of income generation and economic growth, both in the global North (e.g. tar sand, fracking, and shale gas in Canada and the US) and South (e.g. soybean or minerals in Latin America, extraction of rare earth in China, oil and gas in Myanmar). This focus on resource extraction is increasingly seen as a development model (e.g. under the catchword neo-extractivism in Latin America), although different theoretical perspectives (e.g. dependency theory, resource curse) have warned for decades about the threats of a one-sided resource dependency. Besides this political-economic threat (e.g. economic dependency, corruption), the extraction of resources is accompanied by massive environmental destruction and social conflicts. This panel deals with the (renewed) focus on resource extraction with a special focus on the global South. The panelists are encouraged to trace the debate on the connection between the extraction of natural resources and development in their respective countries/regions and highlight conflicts that come along with these perspectives and actual implementation.

09:00 Conference Opening
09:30 Plenary Session I: 
Resource Extraction as a Development Model? 
Current Pathways and Conflicts
Marcel Bursztyn
Khin Zaw Win
Maristella Svampa

11:00End of Public Event
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