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Dr Rosanna Carver

Former Research Student


My thesis focuses on the blue economy, exploring sovereignty over emerging resource frontiers in the context of the marine phosphate mining debate in Namibia. This research is funded by the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC Studentship 2015-19). Fieldwork: Namibia (2016,17,18) and South Africa (2017). 

Visiting posts:

Visiting PhD Student,at UC Berkeley, hosted by Nancy Peluso, 2018

Visiting Scholar, University of Namibia, 2017


Additional Research

I am currently working on an independent research project on resource nationalism and the Trepca mining complex. This project analyses the Kosovar/Serbian context to examine how resource nationalism is challenged by disputed territories.
Field research: Serbia (2017) and Kosovo (2016, 17) 

Alongside my academic work, I undertake consultancy work focusing on environmental, social and governance issues in mineral supply chains. I have also worked with Mining Shared Value as a Researcher and with ITAD specialising in Climate Finance. Prior to my PhD I worked in film production, with a focus on science communication. Clients included the BBC's Natural History Unit.


MSc Environment and Development,  London School of Economics and Political Science (2012), Awarded funding for tuition fees 

BSc Environmental Management, Economics and Ecology, The University of York (2010)



In 2019 I worked as a Senior Associate Teacher in Human Geography at the University of Bristol. This post included dissertation supervisor responsibilities for 5 students on the MSc Environmental Policy and Management. I am also a part time Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Science at Oxford Brookes.

At Lancaster University I have provided teaching assistance for seminars in the following undergraduate modules:


Political Geography

Research Skills


Refereed Journal Articles

Carver, R. (2019), Resource sovereignty and accumulation in the blue economy: The case of seabed mining in Namibia. Journal of Political Ecology, 26. 


Carver, R. (forthcoming 2020) Lessons for blue degrowth from Namibia’s emerging blue economy. Sustainability Science

Other Publications

Carver, R. (2018), ‘Navigating new ocean policies in Namibia’, Africa in Fact, 44.

Conference Papers

2019      (Re)shaping frontiers: emerging sites of extraction in Namibia’s EEZ. MARE X: People & the Sea, Centre for Maritime Research, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Winner of best student paper.

2018      “Lost at Sea? Sustainable development and the blue economy.”Developing Areas Research Group Sponsored Session. Royal Geographic Society (RGS-IBG) Annual Conference 2018, Cardiff, UK.

2018       Who owns what in the ocean? Commodity frontiers and the blue economy. Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Biennial Conference, 2018, Oslo, Norway.

2018      “I don’t understand what the blue economy is”: Contested ownership and international agendas in Namibia’s blue economy. Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Biennial Conference, 2018, Oslo, Norway.

Additional Conference Participation

2019      Co- organiser of the panel: “The emerging geo (-) politics of seabed mining.” MARE X, People & the Sea, Centre for Maritime Research, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

2018      Co-organiser and chair of the triple panel session: “Tangled up in blue and green: The embedded politics of labour in the making of green commodities.” Political Ecology Network (POLLEN) Biennial Conference, 2018, Oslo, Norway.

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