Dr Felix Conteh

Lancaster University

Email: f.conteh@lancaster.ac.uk

Felix is a social scientist interested in the political economy of natural resource governance and development, with an emphasis on how interactions among local level actors and institutions are influenced by, and connected to national and global level actors, institutions, policies and processes. Felix is a Senior Research Associate in the Political Ecology group at Lancaster University’s Environment Centre. Prior to joining Lancaster, he worked as Extractives Sector Specialist at the World Bank. He gained his PhD in 2014, from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). The geographic interest of Felix’s research is West Africa, with particular focus on Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Research Interests

The focus of Felix’s research has been on the political economy of natural resource governance in West Africa, particularly artisanal and small-scale mining and sustainability in Liberia and Sierra Leone. His other interests include political settlements and local modes of governance.

In his current project, Felix is examining the financing and governance of fisheries in West Africa, investigating the flow of finance and the complex global and local actors and incentives behind the expansion of the fishmeal and fish oil industry in the region; and the resulting impacts, including on the (un)availability of fish in local markets, livelihoods and other evolving socioeconomic dynamics.

Selected Publications

  • Conteh, F.M and Maconachie, R. 2021. “Artisanal mining, mechanisation, and human (in)security in Sierra Leone”. The Extractive Industries and Society. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2021.100983
  • Maconachie, R and Conteh, F.M. 2021. “Artisanal mining policy reforms, informality and challenges to the Sustainable Development Goals in Sierra Leone”. Environmental Science and Policy, 116, 38–46
  • Harris, D and Conteh, F.M. 2020. “Government–donor relations in Sierra Leone: who is in the driving seat?” The Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 58, 1, pp. 45 – 65
  • Maconachie, R and Conteh, F.M. 2019. “Artisanal mining and the rationalisation of informality: critical reflections from Liberia”, Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 41, 3, pp. 432 – 449
  • Conteh, F.M and Maconachie, R. 2019. “Spaces for contestation: The politics of community development agreements in Sierra Leone” Resources Policy, 61, 231-240
  • Conteh, F.M. 2017. ‘Politics, development and the Instrumentalization of (de) centralization in Sierra Leone’, Review of African Political Economy, Vol 44, Iss.151, pp. 30 – 46
  • Conteh, F.M .2016. “The promise and reality of decentralization: a critical assessment of Sierra Leone’s primary health care delivery system” Critical African Studies, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp. 350-369
  • Conteh, F. M. 2014. “Chiefs, NGOs and Alternative Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in Post-conflict Sierra Leone”, Review of African Political Economy, 41:142, 516 – 529
  • Conteh, F.M and Harris, D. 2014. “Swings and Roundabouts: the Vagaries of Democratic Consolidation and ‘Electoral Rituals’ in Sierra Leone”, Critical African Studies, 6:1, 57-70.