Geographic Protest: The Role of Counter-Mapping in Supporting Campaigns Against Large-Scale Extractive Projects in Colombia: The Case of La Colosa

In a few short years, social movements in Cajamarca, Colombia, were able to convince a once divided community almost unanimously to reject the establishment of the world’s largest gold mine on their doorstep. This paper examines the role of contestatory cartography in achieving this remarkable result. It explores the range of mapping and counter-mapping tools used... Continue Reading →

Gold, power, protest: Digital and social media and protests against large-scale mining projects in Colombia

Colombia’s Internet connectivity has increased immensely. Colombia has also ‘opened for business’, leading to an influx of extractive projects to which social movements object heavily. Studies on the role of digital media in political mobilisation in developing countries are still scarce. Using surveys, interviews, and reviews of literature, policy papers, website and social media content,... Continue Reading →

Luca Cacciolatti

Luca Cacciolatti's work covers a variety of fields. These include value chains analysis and international Innovation Systems; but also entrepreneurship, marketing strategy and marketing intelligence. Luca also has a research interest in sociological institutionalism, the 4th Industrial Revolution, organisational capabilities, and future skills demand. He works from a Mixed Methods perspective, with a strong quantitative... Continue Reading →

Richard Dorsett

Richard Dorsett's main research interest and relevant expertise are related to programme and policy evaluation.  His specialization is in impact analysis using randomized control trials and a range of non-experimental techniques, and he has carried out numerous studies, principally in the policy areas of the labour market, welfare, education and training. Position: Professor School: School... Continue Reading →

Vincent Gibogwe

Vincent Gibogwe is a Lecturer in Quantitative Methods in the School of Organisation, Economy and Society. Before joining the University of Westminster, he was a Lecturer at Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania. He obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and MA degree in Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). Recently, he... Continue Reading →

Karen Jackson

Karen Jackson’s research interests are in the areas of international trade, development and finance. Her recent work explores the historical context of regional trade institutions in West Africa. Moreover, she is continuing this strand of research through ongoing projects considering the impact of the accession of new entrants into ECOWAS. Furthermore, following a period working in... Continue Reading →

Sebastian Kevany

Sebastian Kevany has conducted over 100 missions to Africa, the Middle East, and  Asia, with a particular focus on conflict and post-conflict settings, including Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and Sierra Leone.  In these settings, he conducted evaluation, diplomatic, and representative duties.  Sebastian holds BA and MA degrees from Trinity College Dublin, an MPH degree from... Continue Reading →

Koko Kondo

Koko Kondo is working on the HEIF funded project Interactive Media, a user led design project with Brunel University. She has extensive experience in researching consumer culture, media audiences, digital users, user-led design, social mobility, community media. She is now looking to research disaster management (crisis communication/strategic communication) for the first response, tool kits, and... Continue Reading →

Serena Masino

Serena Masino’s research interests are in the areas of social policy and the political economy of development. In the past, she has worked on institutional and economic instability and how this impacts development. Instead, her latest work concentrates on the political economy of globalisation and foreign direct investment, both in Sub-Saharan Africa and in the... Continue Reading →

Doug Specht

Doug Specht is a Chartered Geographer (CGeog. FRGS) and a Senior Lecturer (SFHEA) at the Communication and Media Research Institute, within the University of Westminster. His research examines how knowledge is constructed and codified through digital and cartographic artefacts, focusing on development issues, and he has written on this subject in numerous books and papers.... Continue Reading →

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