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NATURAL RESOURCE EXTRACTIVISM IN LATIN AMERICA AND THE MAGHREB is a collaborative research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project investigates natural resource extractivism in Latin America and the Maghreb.

Natural resources and raw materials are among the most important lubricants of the global economy. Many countries in the Global South have specialized in the extraction and export of raw materials and natural resources – extractivism – and Latin America and the Maghreb are critical examples of this development model. Within our project, we scrutinize the many crisis scenarios, socio-economic contexts, resilience and transformative potentials for development models based on extractivism in Latin America and the Maghreb.

We do not simply conduct research on, but with regions outside of Europe.


Our project combines:


Social Research in and together with the Global South

Extraktivismus Folgen

International Research Network and Fellows


Transfer of Research Findings into Politics and Society



In addition to our team's core research, the project conducts further activities such as workshops, conferences, policy briefs and public lecture series. We seek to directly translate our findings into policy recommendations and aim to initiate cooperation with the civil society and the politically active public. Find out more about the project activities below.
Kassel: Latin American Meeting 2022
Elites, Inequality and Wealth in Latin America From June 27 to 29, 2022 University of Kassel   Science Park Kassel Universitätsplatz 12 34127 Kassel Tagungsraum B   With the onset…


Internationally outstanding and distinguished interdisciplinary guest researchers support our project.
Rafael Dominguez_edited
Prof. Dr. Rafael Domínguez

University of Cantabria

Pedro Alarcon
Dr. Pedro Alarcón

Universität Giessen

The project results are made accessible to the academic public through international publications. For politics, society and development cooperation, we present our findings in adequate formats.

Click for an overview of the project publications:

Extractivism Policy Brief 2/2022 – Out Now!

This Extractivism Policy Brief argues The European energy transition has an impact on political decisions in Chile President Boric intends to change the mining sector towards climate neutrality Natural resources…

Extractivism Policy Brief 1/2022 – Out Now!

Natural resources are the essential pillar of humankind: They provide raw materials and energy used for economic and human activities. In the 21st century, raw materials and energy carriers remain…


The University of Kassel and the Philipps-University Marburg host the project cooperatively, being closely linked through intensive interaction among staff and regular joint events. This strengthens scientific cooperation, fosters innovation and supports our team's professional growth, in particular of the young-career scholars.
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Burchardt

Principal Investigator

Prof. Dr. Rachid Ouaissa
Prof. Dr. Rachid Ouaissa

Principal Investigator

Dr. Hannes Warnecke-Berger
Dr. Hannes Warnecke-Berger

Project Coordinator

Luiza Cerioli
Luíza Cerioli

Latin America - Maghreb

Camila Ponce Lara
Dr. Camila Ponce Lara

(Maternity Leave)

Jan-Michael Vogt




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