This presentation explores the relationships among socio-environmental conflict and the regulation of extractive industries, and asks whether social conflict can drive progressive institutional change in ways that offer scope for inclusive development. The argument is based on research in Latin America, in particular the Andean region and El Salvador, and combines qualitative and GIS based analyses.
Anthony Bebbington is Director of the Graduate School of Geography and Higgins Professor of Environment and Society at Clark University. He recently Chaired an expert panel to the Ministers of Environment and Economy in El Salvador, for a Strategic Environmental Assessment of El Salvador’s Mining Sector. He has held previous positions as Professor of Nature, Society and Development at the University of Manchester, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado and Social Scientist at the World Bank. His most recent books include : Social Conflict, Economic Development and Extractive Industries : Evidence from Latin America (Routledge, 2012), Los Movimientos Sociales y la Política de la Pobreza en el Perú (2011, Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/CEPES, 2011, with M. Scurrah and C. Bielich), Can NGOs Make A Difference ? The Challenge of Development Alternatives (Zed, 2008, with D. Mitlin and S. Hickey), Minería, movimientos sociales y respuestas campesinas : una ecología política de transformaciones territoriales (Instituto de Estudios Peruanos/CEPES, 2007), and « Social Movements and the Dynamics of Rural Development in Latin America » World Development special section (2008, with R. Abramovay and M. Chiriboga).