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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.
500 Jahre Verflechtung zwischen Maghreb und Europa
Ringvorlesung am 07.02.2023, 18:00 bis 20:00 Uhr in Marburg Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Rachid Ouaissa (Philipps-Universität Marburg) Abstract The Maghreb refers to the countries of the western Mediterranean and the…


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

University of Leipzig

Fellows - Dr. Cecilia Gárgano
Cecilia Gárgano

National University of San Martín

Moustapha Taleb Heidi_neu_edited
Moustapha Taleb Heidi

Centre de Recherchers de l'Ouest Saharien

Rafael Dominguez_edited
Rafael Domínguez

University of Cantabria

Pedro Alarcón

University of Giessen

Sajjad Faraji Dizaji_edited
Sajjad Faraji Dizaji

Tarbiat Modares University

Fellows Julieta Godfrid
Julieta Godfrid

Autonomous University of Chile

Fellows Mourad Ouchichi
Mourad Ouchichi

University of Bejaia

Roger Merino_edited_edited
Roger Merino

Universidad del Pacífico

Fellows Juan Pablo Jiménez
Juan Pablo Jiménez

University of Buenos Aires

Fellows Fatiha Talahite
Fatiha Talahite

University of Paris Nanterre

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:



The prevailing trend was that oil and gas were seen primarily as a matter of market mechanisms and competition rules, even if they were related to politics and geopolitics. The…


The prevailing trend was that oil and gas were seen primarily as a matter of market mechanisms and competition rules, even if they were related



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

Maghreb - Latin America

Jan-Michael Vogt




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