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Ph.D. Student Receives IDRC Doctoral Research Award

John P. Hayes was one of the annual recipients of the International Development Research Centre’s 2020 Doctoral Research Award in support of his dissertation project entitled “Challenges facing rural communities: Subnational political representation and Mexico’s natural resource governance in comparative perspective.”

Jan 11, 2021

John’s project examines institutional changes made to the economic policies, land rights, and natural resource management systems of Mexico since the democratic transition of power in 2000. Simultaneous with Mexico’s transformation has been a boom in global commodity prices, which has led Mexico to be the number one recipient of Canadian mining investment in Latin America. As a consequence, the priorities of the state, industry, and communities impacted by mining are rarely in sync and has led to Mexico hosting violent resource conflicts at a rate twice that of the Latin American average.

The project seeks to advance literature on the politics of natural resources and social-environmental conflict through the development of a policy-oriented research framework that examines natural resource governance in a comparative-historical perspective. The wider impact of the project aims to bring attention to the institutional challenges facing populations affected by the expansion of extractivism and to shine light on the ongoing land and environmental justice movements in resource dependent economies. John will be carrying out this research through an institutional affiliation with the Development Studies Program at the Autonomous University of Zacatecas in Mexico.