School of Social and Political Science

Governing African Oil and Gas: Boom-era Political and Institutional Innovation

04 March 2022
16:00 - 17:30


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This seminar is a panel led by Dr. Nelson Oppong (University of Edinburgh) with Dr. Ricardo Soares de Oliveira (University of Oxford) and Dr. Luke Patey (OIES).

Between 2004 and 2014, the combined effects of high prices and increased production fuelled an extraordinary oil boom across Sub-Saharan Africa. The boom happened for the first time on a genuinely pan-continental scale, with the older oil producers joined by many new and prospective oil and gas producers, especially in East Africa, with learning and emulation occurring across a wider canvas than ever before. The panel revisits the critical theoretical and empirical insights about the changes in regulatory frameworks, civil society mobilization, institutional goals and corporate policy that epitomized Africa’s recent oil boom. These insights were compiled as part of a Special Issue, with 11 contributions, which was recently published by the Extractive Industries and Society (edited by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, Luke Patey and Nelson Oppong), which can accessed here;

Key speakers

  • Dr Nelson Oppong
  • Dr. Ricardo Soares de Oliveira
  • Dr. Luke Patey