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The Extractive Industries and Society Journal (Elsevier)



Special Issue on: ‘Extractive Industries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’



Guest Editor: Professor Damilola S. Olawuyi , Chair, Association of Environmental Law Lecturers in the MENA Region (ASSELMU)



  • Abstracts of 250-500 words is to be submitted in the first instance, by 15 July 2019 to the Editor of the special issue, Professor Damilola S. Olawuyi –

  • Full Paper Submission: The final deadline for submissions of accepted full papers (between 8000-10,000 words) is 30 September 2019




This Special Issue provides a timely opportunity to take stock and critically investigate practical, philosophical and methodological approaches for addressing socio-economic, environmental, technological and geopolitical challenges facing extractive industries in the MENA region.


The Special Issue considers how extractive resource governance, and its relationship to themes like environmental law and policy, sustainable development, foreign policy, entrepreneurship and economic diversification, corporate social responsibility, participatory development, access to environmental information, vulnerability, and political economy, can provoke how we think more deeply about leveraging the significant resources in the MENA region to advance and catalyze socio-economic and environmental development in communities and societies in the region over the next decades.


Although authors are free to choose any topic that is related to this broad theme, the journal is particularly interested in submissions addressing the following issues:


  • Current and historical contributions of extractive industries to economic prosperity, social development and political stability in the MENA region

  • How are fluctuating commodity prices, energy market reforms, technological advancements and the global economic outlook impacting extractive industries in the MENA region?

  • Mechanisms for promoting diversification, local content development, entrepreneurship and sustainable economic development in rentier states

  • Innovative legal, policy and governance solutions for achieving optimal exploitation of mineral resources whilst balancing environmental sustainability concerns in the MENA region?

  • Regional, inter-regional and transnational initiatives for promoting coordinated sustainable resource development in the MENA region

  • Governance issues, including issues of energy efficiency, water management, environmental justice, corporate social responsibility, public participation, land management, transparency, and accountability

  • Social and environmental impact assessments for regional and intercontinental infrastructure and pipeline projects


In exploring these themes, the Special Issue will be informed by a diversity of theoretical and practical perspectives from academia, industry, government and non-government bodies, and civil society. The editor welcomes original research papers, topical reviews, country case studies viewpoints/opinion pieces, and book reviews. Comparative studies engaging two or more countries are also of particular interest.

Through these interdisciplinary enquiries and theoretical framings, the Special Issue will significantly advance knowledge on current and emerging policies, regulatory frameworks and innovations in extractive industries in the MENA region.



Submission Deadline: The final deadline for submissions is 30 September, 2019



Please direct any informal inquiries to the editor of the special issue: Professor Damilola S. Olawuyi –



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