jon gamu prof picDr Jonathan Kishen Gamu

Lecturer in International Politics

Telephone: 0114 222 1668
Room: G62


I joined the department in September 2018 as a Lecturer in International Politics. Prior to my post in Sheffield I was a Brazilian National Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for International Relations at the University of Brasilia. I completed my PhD in 2017 at the University of British Columbia, Canada where my research analyzed the local political economy of social conflict around “responsible” mining operations in the Andean highlands of Peru.


I currently teach the following modules:




Broadly, my 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, I am 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 my empirical research has focused on the global extractive industries sector, analyzing how multinational mining corporations are utilizing community engagement and sustainability programming to shape and manage diverse mobilizations “from below.” I use 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. While my work is housed within disciplinary subfields of international relations, global environmental politics, and international political economy, whenever possible, I aim to draw upon in-country or local-level fieldwork to place into sharper focus the tensions and ambiguities between global and local.

Publications and Papers

Key Publications

Journal 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, 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

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).