Jonathan is a Research Fellow at SPERI and Lecturer in International Politics in the Department of Politics. His work lies at the intersection of international political economy, global environmental politics, and global governance.

Prior to joining the University of Sheffield in September 2018, Jonathan was a Brazilian National Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for International Relations at the University of Brasilia. He completed his PhD in 2017 at the University of British Columbia, Canada

Research Interests

Broadly, Jonathan’s research scrutinizes the intersection of corporate power, market-based modes of natural resource management, and the environmental politics of violence in the global South. Specifically, he is interested in understanding how new and emerging modes of transnational environmental and conflict governance, including corporate social responsibility, supply chains, and multi-stakeholder initiatives, are affecting the dynamics of contentious resource politics in peripheral local spaces.

To date, most of his empirical research has focused on the global extractive industries sector, analysing how multinational mining corporations are utilizing community engagement and sustainability programming to shape and manage diverse mobilizations “from below.” Drawing from a year’s worth of fieldwork in the Andean highlands of Peru, he has used political economy as a lens for understanding how the structures and institutions that promote and manage the globalization of the economy are legitimizing corporations and markets as agents of governance, who also, problematically, manage the social and environmental impacts of production.

Further information about Jonathan can be found here.

Key Publications

Research Articles

  • Gamu, Jonathan Kishen, and Niels Soendergaard. “Strategic engagements in extractive sector governance: corporations, violence, and the contentious political economy of community licensing.” (Forthcoming).
  • Moreira, Paula, Jonathan Kishen Gamu, Cristina Yumie Aoki Inoue, Simone Athayde, Sônia Regina da Cal Seixas, and Eduardo Viola. “South-south transnational advocacy: mobilizing against Brazilian dams in the Peruvian Amazon.” Global Environmental Politics 19, no.1 (2019): 77-98.
  • Gamu, Jonathan Kishen, and Peter Dauvergne. “The slow violence of corporate social responsibility: the case of mining in Peru.” Third World Quarterly 39, no. 5 (2018): 959-975.
  • Gamu, Jonathan Kishen, Philippe Le Billon, and Samuel Spiegel. “Extractive industries and poverty: A review of recent findings and linkage mechanisms.” The Extractive Industries and Society 2, no. 1 (2015): 162-176.

Other Publications

  • LeBillon, Philippe, and Jonathan Kishen Gamu (2019). “Security contractors and the killing of environmental and land defenders.” Submission responding to the Mandate of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Working Group on the use of mercenaries in the extractive industries.
  • Andrews, Tony, Jonathan Kishen Gamu, Philippe Le Billon, Chang Hoon Oh, David Reyes, and Jioung Shin (2018). The role of host governments in enabling or preventing conflict associated with mining. Prepared for The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and The Canadian International Resources Development Institute (CIRDI).
  • Conde, Marta, Jonathan Kishen Gamu, and Philippe Le Billon (2017). The rise in conflict associated with extractive sector projects – what lies beneath? Prepared for the Canadian International Resources Development Institute (CIRDI)