MPhil/PhD Studentship Mining industries and population resettlement in Africa: evolving legal framework

(Ref: PROF-LAW-03-13)

This project will assess the evolving legal framework of mining projects and developments in African countries with regards to the specific area of local community resettlement and land rights of indigenous people. The research will study how resettlement issues connected to mining projects are being addressed by international and local legal regimes, private contracts, customary law and practices and dispute resolution procedures. The research will particularly focus on countries which are embarked in mining law reform, analyse the context and actors involved in this reform and the main focus of the reform agenda with regards to population resettlement. The study will be undertaken through a comparative analysis of two or three neighbouring African jurisdictions. The project will include a combination of traditional desk-based legal methods approach and qualitative social science research through fieldwork, involving observation and semi-structured interviews with stakeholders.

The successful candidate will receive a £13590 bursary (years 2 and 3 linked to RCUK Doctoral Stipend rate) plus a contribution towards tuition fees of up to the equivalent of the Home fee (currently £3885 pa), subject to performance.

Applicants must hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant discipline. 

For further information please contact the supervisor: Dr Olga Martin-Ortega,, +44 (0)20 8331 9117.

For additional information about the studentship and links to the application form please go to: 

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The application form should be completed and returned to: and include: a comprehensive CV and a one page covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how it relates to past experience and present motivations. Attachments should be in PDF or Word format.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 19 April 2013

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