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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.
Flying Academy 2023 – International Conference
The colaborative research project organizes the Flying Academy – International Conference entitled:   Economía Verde: ¿extractivismo o sostenibilidad?   The conference will take place on April 3rd and 4th,…
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Participation CODE RED Workshop
Dr. Camila Ponce Lara, our Postdoc at the Philipps-University Marburg, participated in the CODE RED Workshop “Young people in the Anthropocene² that took place from the 15th to the 16th…
DAVO Congress Berlin 2022
Meret Jacob-Lakrimdi, our Ph.D. student at the Philipps-University Marburg, participated at the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Vorderer Orient (DAVO – the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation) annual…
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Extractivism Annual International Conference 2022
The collaborative research project organizes its first International Annual Conference from the 12th to the 14th of October, 2022, in Kassel, Germany. The conference’s theme is “Raw Materials, the…


Internationally outstanding and distinguished interdisciplinary guest researchers support our project.
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Elsenhans
Prof. Dr. Hartmut Elsenhans

University of Leipzig

Dr. Cecilia Gárgano

National University of San Martín

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Prof. Dr. Rafael Domínguez

University of Cantabria

Pedro Alarcon
Dr. Pedro Alarcón

University of Giessen

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Dr. Julieta Godfrid

Universidad Autónoma de Chile

Dr. Mourad Ouchichi

A/Mira University of Bejaia

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Dr. Juan Pablo Jiménez

University of Buenos Aires

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Dr. Roger Merino

University of Lima

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.

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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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