SIID Researcher Dr. Jojo Nem Singh is at the University of Tokyo this week to present a seminar on ‘Neoliberalism, Resource Governance and the Everyday Politics of Protests in the Philippines‘.
As part of his visiting fellowship with the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at the University of Tokyo, Dr. Nem Singh will be presenting his upcoming paper that investigates the role of civil society activism on mining regimes, through examining the recent conflicts between mining communities and state actors in the Philippines.
Abstract from the paper:
How far can civil society shape mining regimes and in what ways do they influence policy changes? This paper examines the recent conflicts on the role of mining and social development in the Philippine political landscape. Civil society activism contests the possibilities of transnational investments bringing in long-term economic development in a country characterised by challenging geographies for mineral extraction, political violence, and a history of socio-environmental disasters. Importantly, studying resistance movements place questions of rights, agency and political mobilisation as key organising concepts in understanding why the ‘logic of globalisation’ is neither inevitable nor necessarily desirable.
The paper is a co-authored piece with Alvin Camba and will be published as a book section in The Everyday Political Economy of Southeast Asia, edited by Juanita Elias and Lena Rethal, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.