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Sabine Luning

Associate Professor

Dr. S.W.J. Luning
+31 71 527 6614

Sabine Luning works at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology where she focuses her research and teaching on economic anthropology and issues of sustainability. In the past, she has worked in development projects and ever since she has retained an interest in the social relations, power dynamics and organizational culture of development initiatives. For the past 10 years, she has been working on social aspects of large-scale and small-scale gold mining foremost in Burkina Faso, but also in Ghana, Suriname, French Guyana, and Canada. She is interested in the effects of global connections on local situations, e.g. the dynamics around industrial mines of Transnational Companies operating in West Africa. In recent years she has developed research interest in the relation between mining and disputes over water (e.g. competition over water distribution, and effects for local livelihoods of water infrastructure built by mining companies).

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Current research project 

She is currently focusing on Landscapes of Extraction, with a particular interest in how mining affects water quality and distribution in West Africa. She is collaborating with modellers (e.g. hydrologists and mining engineers), visual anthropologists, artists, and photographers to combine different methods of visualizing landscape dynamics. Together with people who live and work in different local areas, we co-produce images on the ground, underground and from the air in order to engage in sustainability conversations.  From  December 2o18 onwards these methods and collaborations will be developed further in the NORFACE project: Sustainability Transformations in Artisanal and Small-scale Gold Mining: A Multi-Actor and Trans-Regional Perspective - ST-ASGM. Together with Paul Hudson, she coordinates the Water & Society Lab, a cooperation between the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CADS/FSW) and Leiden University College (LUC/FGGA). She is one of the leads of the LDE program PortCityFutures.

Relevant links

Associate Professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Culturele Antropologie/ Ontw. Sociologie

Work address

Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A47




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