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Trends and transitions in stakeholder perspectives in international extractive resource projects

29 November 2013 (16:00-17:30)

The School of International Studies is pleased to invite you to a seminar presented by Mr Jonathan Sherman, Associate Researcher and Adjunct Lecturer at the China University of Mines and Technology. This talk is part of the School's postgraduate research seminar series.

About the seminar

Over the past 30 years, the 'western' and 'international community' have undergone wide-ranging changes in awareness and involvement in the extractive resource activities that support global economy, politicisation and securitisation of resources. However, despite being globally reaching, this change has been far from homogenous amongst and within the many involved 'stakeholders'. As a result, there has been an exponential growth and contradiction of stakeholder motives and expectations. These are manifested through ever larger and complex stakeholder networks; and local, national, transnational and sectorial voluntary principles, conventions and legislation.

Yet, the 'western' position of global resource dominance has begun to significantly step aside from expansion by Chinese and other powers. We can easily identify the potential of 'paradigm shifts' in economic, human and ecological values as we transition from the western and international community narrative that is currently dominant. To understand how this may happen, we shall define what a 'stakeholder' supposes to be, and summarise the foundations and evolution of their values from the western and international community perspectives. Then we seek to identify what variables are affected by the new perspectives of the global shift in power.

The presentation aspires to be of interest to any student or faculty, newcomer or expert in the topic, from any school with academic or practical involvement in matters of resource extraction and politics. Suggestions would be those from international affairs, management, public policy, economics and engineering schools. The topics of extractive resources, stakeholders and their politics will be presented in an introductory manner to orient all in attendance. Insights will be given through academic reference, personal experiences and lecture.

Speaker biography

Jonathan Sherman has over 10 years of experience working between international mining projects, political and management consulting, government, and education. He has worked in the United States, Turkey, Colombia and China. Currently, he is an Associate Researcher and Adjunct Lecturer at the China University of Mines and Technology. In addition to continued professional studies, he holds a Dual BA in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire.