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Johannes Knierzinger

Visiting Scholar 2018-2019

Residency Dates: November 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019


Johannes Knierzinger

Johannes Knierzinger has recently published a monograph on the socio-political impact of bauxite mining on the African continent.

Before his research stay at the CES, he did research on mine closure in West Africa at the Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) in Paris.

At the CES, he compares the reactions of European governments and the European industry to the resource crises of the 1960s/70s and the 2000s with a focus on EU-Africa relations. For instance, this concerns actions against export restrictions on raw materials, the formation of buyer cartels, conflict mineral laws, transparency initiatives, and the evolution of the Lomé and Cotonou Agreements.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)
  • Visiting Scholar 2018-2019, CES, Harvard University
  • Visiting Fellow 2018-2019, WCFIA, Harvard University


  • Johannes Knierzinger, “Mining towns as portals of globalization. The arrival of the global aluminium industry in West Africa.” Comparativ, 2017, pp. 94-111.
  • Johannes Knierzinger, “The socio-political implications of bauxite mining in Guinea: A commodity chain perspective.” The Extractive Industries and Society, 2014, pp. 20–27.

Research Project

The "New Scramble for Africa" from a European perspective: A crisis of chain governance similar to the 1970s?


Social Science