Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Dr Roy Maconachie

Roy Maconachie

Senior Lecturer in International Development

3 East 3.28
Email: r.maconachie@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4524

PhD Supervison

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on topics related to:

  • The environmental and socio-economic dimensions of artisanal and small-scale mining.
  • The dynamics of conflict and competition over natural resources in developing countries.
  • Community based resource management and livelihoods in post conflict states.

I am particularly committed to working with students whose research interests lie in West Africa.

The stories of women cocoa farmers in Ghana

Dr Roy Maconachie highlights the impacts of Fairtrade for female cocoa-producers in Ghana and illustrates the significant challenges which remain in promoting greater gender equality in agriculture.

Profile

My research in Sub-Saharan Africa explores the social, political and economic aspects of food production and natural resource management, and their relationships to wider societal change. My most recent work has been concerned with the politics around natural resource management in West Africa, with a particular focus on the extractive industries, livelihood change and social conflict. My disciplinary background is in human geography, but my work has largely been interdisciplinary in its approach, drawing principally upon anthropology and politics/political economy.

In pursuing my research, I have developed strong international links with a wide range of institutions in Africa, including Fourah Bay College (Sierra Leone), Bayero University Kano (Nigeria) and Makerere University (Uganda). Before joining the International Development Group at Bath, I was a post-doctoral fellow at IDPM, University of Manchester (2007-2009) and IDS Sussex (2005-2007).

Research interests

  • Socio-economic dimensions of small-scale mining in West Africa
  • Natural resource governance and the extractive industries
  • Community-based resource management, livelihoods and institution building in post-conflict states
  • Youth identity politics and rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Urban and peri-urban food production and resource management in West Africa

Recent and current projects

2016-17: Mining conflict, North and South: Deepening the governance debate. Funding provided by The Leverhulme Trust.

2016-18: Deepening governance and widening 'spaces' for change: community participation and natural resources transparency in post-conflict West Africa. Funding provided by Humanity United.

2016-17: Opening the door to formalisation: small-scale diamond mining and rural economic development in Sierra Leone. Funding provided by International Growth Centre.

2016-17: Blazing the path to formalisation: Artisanal Mining, Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods in Ghana. Funding provided by Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI).

2015-16: Fairtrade cocoa production and gender in Ghana: a participatory video approach. Funding provided by the British Academy.

2014: Building Sustainable and Peaceful Cities in Comparative Global Perspective. Funding provided by the British Council.

2012-2013: Youth livelihoods, activism and extractive industry in Sierra Leone. Funding provided by the British Academy.

2010-2013: Urban growth, domestic fuel and sustainable forestry in Kano, Nigeria. Funding provided by DfID under the British Council DelPHE scheme.

2008-2011: Urban and peri-urban agriculture in Freetown: Food security and income generation in post-conflict Sierra Leone. Funding provided by DfID under the British Council DelPHE scheme.

2008-2009: Beyond the resource curse?: Diamond mining, global capitalism and local development in post-conflict Sierra Leone. Funding provided by the Nuffield Foundation.

2007-2009: International environmental conventions, national policy agendas and local needs: Exploring wetland policy processes and practices in Uganda. Funding provided by Hallsworth Research Fellowship, University of Manchester.

2005-2007: Decentralization, institutions and wetland management in Sierra Leone. Funding provided by the Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship Scheme.

2004: Post-conflict reconstruction and re-building institutions and rural livelihoods in the Eastern Province, Sierra Leone?. Funding provided by the Nuffield Foundation.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Publications

Book/s

Maconachie, R., 2007. Urban growth and land degradation in developing cities: change and challenges in Kano, Nigeria. Ashgate. (King's SOAS Studies in Development Geography)

Book Sections

Maconachie, R., 2016. Youthscapes of change? Diamonds, livelihoods and extractive industry investment in Sierra Leone. In: Vertigans, S., Idowu, S. O. and Schmidpeter, R., eds. Corporate Social Responsibility in Sub-Saharan Africa. London, U. K.: Springer, pp. 259-274. (CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance)

Maconachie, R., 2015. Constructed 'from above' or driven 'from below'? Youth agency, mining and 'spaces for change' in Sierra Leone. In: Haller, T., Gambon, H. and Kobi, M., eds. The Open Cut: Mining, Transnational Corporations and Local Populations. Berlin: Lit Verlag.

Buchy, M. and Maconachie, R., 2014. Exclusionary spaces:power, poverty and community-based natural resource management in West Africa. In: Sowman, M. and Wynberg, R., eds. Governance for Justice and Environmental Sustainability. London, U. K.: Earthscan, pp. 94-109.

Maconachie, R., 2013. Diamond mining, urbanisation and social transformation in Sierra Leone. In: Bryceson, D. F. and MacKinnon, D., eds. Mining and African Urbanisation. London, U. K.: Routledge, pp. 193-211.

Hilson, G. and Maconachie, R., 2013. Fair trade mineral programs in sub-Saharan Africa. In: Gilberthorpe, E. and Hilson, G., eds. Natural Resource Extraction and Indigenous Livelihoods. Aldershot, U. K.: Ashgate, pp. 261-272.

Maconachie, R., 2013. Urban pressure and tree cover change. In: Tanko, A. I. and Momale, S. B., eds. Kano: Environment, Society and Development. London, U. K.: Adonis and Abbey, pp. 443-478.

Maconachie, R., 2012. Artisanal diamond mining and rural livelihoods in Sierra Leone: continuity, change and challenges. In: Van Bockstael, S. and Vlassenroot, K., eds. A Farmer's Best Friend? Artisanal diamond mining and rural change in West and Central Africa. Ghent: Academia Press, pp. 11-32.

Maconachie, R., 2012. The diamond area community development fund: Micropolitics and community-led development in postwar Sierra Leone. In: Lujala, P. and Aas Rustad, S., eds. High-value natural resources and post-conflict peacebuilding. London: Earthscan, pp. 261-273.

Maconachie, R., 2012. Youth, associations and urban food security in post-war Sierra Leone. In: Ozerdam, A. and Roberts, R., eds. Challenging Post-Conflict Environments: Sustainable Agriculture. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 219-235.

Hilson, G. and Maconachie, R., 2009. The extractive industries transparency initiative: Panacea or White Elephant for Sub-Saharan Africa? In: Richards, J., ed. Mining, Society and a Sustainable World. New York: Springer, pp. 469-491.

Maconachie, R. and Binns, T., 2008. Diamonds, governance and post-conflict development in Sierra Leone. In: Thornton, A. and MacGregor, A., eds. Southern Perspectives?: Proceedings of the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Aotearoa. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago, pp. 303-326.

Pasquini, M. and Maconachie, R., 2008. Peri-urban systems under stress in Jos and Kano, Nigeria?: New perspectives on resource management and degradation. In: Parrot, L., Njoya, A., Temple, F., Assorba-Komlan, R., Kahane, M., Diao, M. and Harvard, M., eds. Agricultures et développement urbain en Afrique subsaharienne. Environnement et enjeux sanitaires. Paris: L’Harmattan, pp. 31-44.

Wood, A. P., Dixon, A. B., Maconachie, R. and van Halsema, G. E., 2008. Response scenarios. In: Wood, A. and van Halsema, G. E., eds. Scoping agriculture-wetland Interactions: Towards a Sustainable multiple-response strategy (FAO Water Report 33). Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, pp. 107-115.

Wood, A. P., Dixon, A. B. and Maconachie, R., 2008. Small swamp wetlands in southwest Ethiopia. In: Wood, A. and van Halsema, G. E., eds. Scoping agriculture – wetland interactions: Towards a sustainable multiple-response strategy (FAO Water Report 33). Rome, Italy: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, pp. 65-72. (FAO Water Report 33)

Binns, T. and Maconachie, R., 2005. Re-evaluating people-environment relationships at the rural-urban interface: How sustainable is the peri-urban interface in Kano, northern Nigeria? In: McGregor, D., Simon, D. and Thompson, D., eds. The peri-urban interface: Approaches to sustainable natural and human resource use. London, UK: Earthscan, pp. 211-228.

Binns, T. and Maconachie, R., 2005. Reconstructing rural livelihoods in post-conflict Sierra Leone. In: Jackson, K., Lewis, N., Adams, S. and Morten, M., eds. Development on the Edge. New Zealand: University of Auckland, pp. 100-106.

Maconachie, R. and Binns, T., 2003. Sustainability under threat?: The dynamics of environmental change and food production in peri-urban Kano, northern Nigeria. In: Mertz, O., Wadley, R. and Christensen, A., eds. Local land-use strategies in a globalizing economy: Shaping sustainable social and natural environments.Vol. 2. Denmark: Institute of Geography, University of Copenhagen, pp. 243-275.

Articles

Maconachie, R., 2016. The extractive industries, mineral sector reform and post-conflict reconstruction in developing countries. Extractive Industries and Society, 3 (2), pp. 313-315.

Cline-Cole, R. and Maconachie, R., 2016. Wood energy interventions and development in Kano, Nigeria:a longitudinal, ‘situated’ perspective. Land Use Policy, 52, pp. 163-173.

Maconachie, R. and Hilson, G., 2016. Re-thinking the child labor “problem” in rural sub-Saharan Africa:the case of Sierra Leone’s “half shovels”. World Development, 78, pp. 136-147.

Maconachie, R. and Hilson, G., 2015. Ebola and alluvial diamond mining in West Africa:initial reflections and priority areas for research. Extractive Industries and Society, 2 (3), pp. 397-400.

Maconachie, R., 2015. Subterranean Struggles: New Dynamics of Mining, Oil, and Gas in Latin America Edited by Anthony Bebbington and Jeffrey Bury Austin: University of Texas Press, 2013. Economic Geography, 91 (1), pp. 115-116.

Barau, A. S., Maconachie, R., Ludin, A. and Abdulhamid, A., 2015. Urban morphology dynamics and environmental change in Kano, Nigeria. Land Use Policy, 42, pp. 307-317.

Maconachie, R., 2014. Dispossession, exploitation or employment? Youth livelihoods and extractive industry investment in Sierra Leone. Futures, 62 (A), pp. 75-82.

Maconachie, R., 2014. Mining for change? Youth livelihoods and extractive industry investment in Sierra Leone. Applied Geography, 54, pp. 275-282.

Maconachie, R. and Hilson, G., 2013. Editorial introduction:The extractive industries, community development and livelihood change in developing countries. Community Development Journal, 48 (3), pp. 347-359.

Maconachie, R. and Fortin, E., 2013. 'New agriculture' for sustainable development? Biofuels and agrarian change in post-war Sierra Leone. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 51 (2), pp. 249-277.

Lynch, K., Maconachie, R., Binns, T., Tengbe, P. and Bangura, K., 2013. Meeting the urban challenge? Urban agriculture and post-war development in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Applied Geography, 36, pp. 31-39.

Maconachie, R., 2012. Reconciling the mismatch? Evaluating competing knowledge claims over soil fertility in Kano, Nigeria. Journal of Cleaner Production, 31, pp. 62-72.

Maconachie, R., Binns, T. and Tengbe, P., 2012. Urban farming associations, youth and food security in post-war Freetown, Sierra Leone. Cities, 29 (3), pp. 192-200.

Maconachie, R., 2012. Diamond mining, urbanisation and social transformation in Sierra Leone. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 30 (4), pp. 705-723.

Maconachie, R., 2011. Re-agrarianizing livelihoods in post-conflict Sierra Leone? Mineral wealth and rural change in artisanal and small-scale mining communities. Journal of International Development, 23 (8), pp. 1054-1067.

Maconachie, R. and Hilson, G., 2011. Safeguarding livelihoods or exacerbating poverty? Artisanal mining and formalization in West Africa. Natural Resources Forum, 35 (4), pp. 293-303.

Maconachie, R. and Hilson, G., 2011. Artisanal gold mining: A new frontier in post-conflict Sierra Leone? The Journal of Development Studies, 47 (4), pp. 595-616.

Maconachie, R., 2010. 'New spaces' for change? Diamond governance reforms and the micro-politics of participation in post-war Sierra Leone. Public Administration and Development, 30 (3), pp. 191-202.

Fanthorpe, R. and Maconachie, R., 2010. Beyond the 'crisis of youth'? Mining, farming, and civil society in post-war Sierra Leone. African Affairs, 109 (435), pp. 251-272.

Maconachie, R., Dixon, A. B. and Wood, A., 2009. Decentralization and local institutional arrangements for wetland management in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone. Applied Geography, 29 (2), pp. 269-279.

Maconachie, R., Tanko, A. and Zakariya, M., 2009. Descending the energy ladder? Oil price shocks and domestic fuel choices in Kano, Nigeria. Land Use Policy, 26 (4), pp. 1090-1099.

Hilson, G. and Maconachie, R., 2009. Good governance and the extractive industries in sub-Saharan Africa. Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review, 30 (1), pp. 52-100.

Maconachie, R., 2009. Diamonds, governance and ‘local’ development in post-conflict Sierra Leone: Lessons for artisanal and small-scale mining in sub-Saharan Africa? Resources Policy, 34 (1-2), pp. 71-79.

Maconachie, R., 2008. Surface water quality and periurban food production in Kano, Nigeria. Urban Agriculture Magazine, 20, pp. 22-24.

Maconachie, R., 2008. New agricultural frontiers in post-conflict Sierra Leone? Exploring institutional challenges for wetland management in the Eastern Province. The Journal of Modern African Studies, 46 (2), pp. 235-266.

Maconachie, R. and Binns, T., 2007. Beyond the resource curse? Diamond mining, development and post-conflict reconstruction in Sierra Leone. Resources Policy, 32 (3), pp. 104-115.

Maconachie, R. and Binns, T., 2007. 'Farming miners' or 'mining farmers'?: Diamond mining and rural development in post-conflict Sierra Leone. Journal of Rural Studies, 23 (3), pp. 367-380.

Maconachie, R., Binns, T., Tengbe, P. and Johnson, R., 2007. Temporary labour migration and sustainable post-conflict return in Sierra Leone. GeoJournal, 67 (3), pp. 223-240.

Maconachie, R. and Binns, T., 2007. Beyond ‘greed and grievance’ in Sierra Leone: Can diamonds play a role in post-conflict reconstruction? German Journal of Economic Geography, 3/4, pp. 145-158.

Maconachie, R. and Binns, T., 2006. Sustainability under threat? The dynamics of environmental change and food production in peri-urban Kano, northern Nigeria. Land Degradation & Development, 17 (2), pp. 159-171.

Binns, T. and Maconachie, R., 2006. Post-conflict reconstruction and sustainable development: Diamonds, agriculture and rural livelihoods in Sierra Leone. International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 2 (3), pp. 205-216.

Binns, T. and Maconachie, R., 2005. 'Going home' in post-conflict Sierra Leone - Diamonds, agriculture and re-building rural livelihoods in the Eastern Province. Geography, 90, pp. 67-78.

Binns, J. A., Maconachie, R. and Tanko, A. I., 2003. Water, land and health in urban and peri-urban food production: The case of Kano, Nigeria. Land Degradation & Development, 14 (5), pp. 431-444.

Reports/Papers

Maconachie, R., Srinivasan, R. and Menzies, N., 2015. Responding to the challenge of fragility and security in West Africa:Natural resources, extractive industry investment, and social conflict. Working Paper. World Bank.

Maconachie, R. and Fortin, E., 2013. IPR Policy Brief - Biofuels, development and sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. Other. University of Bath.

Maconachie, R., 2008. Diamond mining, governance initiatives and post-conflict development in Sierra Leone. Working Paper. Manchester, UK: University of Manchester.

Maconachie, R., 2008. New agricultural frontiers in post-conflict Sierra Leone? Exploring institutional challenges for wetland management in the Eastern Province. Working Paper. Manchester, UK: University of Manchester.

Conference or Workshop Items

Maconachie, R., 2013. New spaces for change? Youth livelihoods and extractive industry in Sierra Leone. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (2013), 2013-04-11.

Maconachie, R., Lynch, K., Binns, J. A. and Tengbe, P., 2012. Meeting the urban challenge? Urban agriculture and food security in post-conflict Freetown, Sierra Leone. In: 32nd International Geographical Congress 2012, 2012-08-25 - 2012-08-29.

Maconachie, R. and Fortin, E., 2012. Standardizing 'new agriculture' for development: Biofuels and agrarian change in Sierra Leone. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2012, 2012-02-24 - 2012-02-28.

Maconachie, R. and Hilson, G., 2012. Youth livelihoods, mining and employment in West Africa. In: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting 2012, 2012-02-24 - 2012-02-28.

Maconachie, R., 2011. Harnessing natural resources for community development in post-war Sierra Leone? The case of the Diamond Area Community Development Fund. In: European Science Foundation International Workshop: Beyond the Resourse Curse? New Dynamics in the Mangement of Natural Resources, 2011-11-03 - 2011-11-04.

Maconachie, R. and Cline-Cole, R., 2011. Fuelwood discourses and practices in Kano, Nigeria: Lessons in socio-ecological resilience for energy policy. In: Royal Geographical Society with IBG Annual International Conference 2011, 2011-08-30 - 2011-10-01.

Maconachie, R., 2011. Diamond mining, urbanization and social transformation in Sierra Leone. In: Urbanization & Poverty in Mining Africa (UPIMA) International Workshop, 2011-02-26.

Other

Maconachie, R. and Fortin, E., 2013. Institute for Policy Research Policy Brief: Biofuels, development and sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. Bath: Institute for Policy Research, University of Bath.

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