Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Roy Maconachie to research mining, wealth and livelihoods in Ghana

Tue Oct 27 09:09:00 GMT 2015

Woman mining gold in Tarkwa, Ghana

—The research project will take place in Ghana.


Dr Roy Maconachie has been awarded a research grant from the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) for a project entitled: Blazing the path to formalisation: Artisanal Mining, Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods in Ghana.

The 18-month study aims to deepen the current understanding of how the formal and informal financial relations of poor individuals in sub-Saharan Africa affect their livelihoods and wellbeing.

The project will focus on those living in communities where artisanal and small-scale mining – low-tech, labour-intensive mineral extraction and processing – flourishes.

The research will be conducted in Ghana, one the largest and most dynamic centers for artisanal and small-scale in sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr Maconachie will work in partnership with universities in three countries including the University of Surrey, the University of Mines and Technology, and the University of British Columbia.