I am an assistant professor in International Development, Globalization and Poverty at the Institute of Development Policy (IOB), University of Antwerp, Belgium. I am member of the Great Lakes of Africa Center (GLAC), co-director of the Belgian Expertise Center for Central Africa (CREAC) and of the Expertise Center for Mining Governance (CEGEMI), Université Catholique de Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo.
My current research interests lie in the global and local development dimensions of extractivist projects, addressing questions about more socially responsible and inclusive forms of globalization. I study, among others, global regulatory systems and development outcomes in the South, linkages and local content, informalization processes, and labour markets in the extractive industries.
I have published numerous articles in academic journals such as World Development, Geoforum, African Affairs, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Eastern African Studies, European Journal of Development Research, Resources Policy, Extractive Industries and Society and Futures. I have done consultancy work for international organizations and have given expert advice on the issue of artisanal mining and conflict minerals in the DRC. I am the author of African artisanal mining from the inside out. Access, norms and power in the Congolese gold sector (Routledge) and co-editor of Global gold production touching ground. Expansion, Informalization, and Technological Innovation (Palgrave).