On November 12, 2020, I gave a lecture at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) on “Rethinking State Capacity for Poverty Reduction: Philippine Mining in Comparative Perspective”. The lecture is based on a forthcoming paper with Jean Grugel and Pascale Hatcher on the political economy of mining states in Asia Pacific. The IIAS is a collaborating institution of GRIP-ARM to work on rare earth mining and industrialisation, funded by the ERC Starting Grant Programme.
On November 26, 2020, I gave a seminar for the ISCTE PhD Programme on International Political Economy. This is a joint research programme across three universities in Lisbon aimed at creating a network of political economy scholars working on a range of issues. For this lecture, I presented an on-going special issue project I am editing for Third World Quarterly to be published in 2021.
On June 03, 2021, I was one of the speakers for the event “Research InSightS Live No. 1: Climate Change: A Story of Seduction and Destruction”, hosted by the International Institute of Social Studies. Here, I discuss the geopolitical challenges to our adaptation of clean technology and the green transition. If you wish to know more about my 5 year ERC project, please check my webpage here.
On June 11, 2021, I was a Guest Speaker in a Roundtable called Mining Our Way into a Climate Neutral Future—Metals and Climate Justice, organised by the Green European Foundation. Here, we explore the issues on balancing between the need for metals in the Energy Transition and exploitation of mineral deposits and local claims. Can the mining of rare metals for the energy transition contribute to economic development in the Global South? What about social and ecological justice for the communities affected by metal mining?
On October 12, 2022, I was invited to the Circular Industries Talk, a monthly meeting of experts and researchers in the Netherlands to talk about the challenges and future of critical minerals and energy transition. Here, I discussed the local costs of the current mineral dependency of the European Union (EU), and evaluate their strategies to enhance a stable, secured supply of critical raw materials for the success of the EU Green Deal.