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Professor Gavin Hilson


Professor and Chair of Sustainability in Business
+44 (0)1483 686326
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Biography

Areas of specialism

The social and environmental impacts of artisanal and small-scale mining; The extractive industries and development; Sub-Saharan Africa

My qualifications

2003
Ph.D.
Imperial College London
1999
Masters of Arts
University of Toronto
1998
BSc (Honours)
University of Toronto
2008
Fellow
The Higher Education Academy, UK

Previous roles

2007 - 2012
Reader in Environment and Development
The University of Reading
2006 - 2007
Lecturer in Development Studies
The University of Manchester
2004 - 2005
Lecturer in Environmental Planning
Cardiff University

Research

Research interests

Research projects

Supervision

Postgraduate research supervision

My publications

Publications

HILSON GAVIN MICHAEL, SAUERWEIN TITUS JAN, Cardoso Estrela (2021)Small-Scale Mining, Rural Resilience and the Sustainable Development Goals in Sub-Saharan Africa, In: Handbook of Sustainable Politics and Economics of Natural Resources Edward Elgar Publishing
Hilson Gavin (2020)The Africa Mining Vision: a manifesto for more inclusive extractive industry-led development?, In: Revue Canadienne d'études du développement41(3)pp. 417-431 Routledge
Hilson GM, McQuilken JT (2014)Four decades of support for artisanal and small-scale mining in sub-Saharan Africa: A critical review, In: The Extractive Industries and Society1(1)pp. 104-118 Elsevier
Maconachie R, Hilson G (2013)Editorial introduction: the extractive industries, community development and livelihood change in developing countries, In: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL48(3)pp. 347-359 OXFORD UNIV PRESS
Hilson Gavin, Hilson A, Mcquilken James (2016)Ethical minerals: Fairer trade for whom?, In: Resources Policy49pp. 232-247 Elsevier
Hilson GM (2003)Environmental Management in the Small-Scale Mining Industry, In: Journal of Cleaner Production11(2)pp. 91-227
Hilson GM (2012)Poverty Traps in Small-Scale Mining Communities: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa, In: Canadian Journal of Development Studies33(2)pp. 180-197 Taylor and Francis
Hilson GM, Maconachie R (2011)Safeguarding Livelihoods or Exacerbating Poverty?: Artisanal Mining and Formalization in West Africa, In: Natural Resources Forum35(4)pp. 293-303 John Wiley and Sons
Hilson Gavin, Amankwah Richard, Ofori-Sarpong Grace (2013)Going for Gold: Transitional Livelihoods in Northern Ghana, In: Journal of Modern African Studies51(1)pp. 109-137 Cambridge Journals
Hilson Gavin, Laing T (2017)Gold Mining, Indigenous Land Claims and Conflict in Guyana’s Hinterland, In: Journal of Rural Studies50pp. 172-187 Elsevier
Hilson Gavin, Hilson Abigail, Siwale Agatha, Maconachie Roy (2018)Female faces in informal ‘spaces’: Women and artisanal and small-scale mining in sub-Saharan Africa, In: Africa Journal of Management4(3)pp. 306-346 Taylor & Francis
Hilson GM, Maconachie R (2009)The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative: Panacea or White Elephant for Sub-Saharan Africa?, In: Richards J (eds.), Mining, Society, and a Sustainable World Springer
Hilson GM (2008)Mining and Rural Development: The Trajectory of Diamond Production in Ghana, In: Vlassenroot K, Bockstael SV (eds.), Artisanal Diamond Mining Academia Pr Scientific Pub
Hilson Gavin, Hu Yanfei, Kumah Cynthia Locating Female ‘Voices’ in the Minamata Convention on Mercury in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Ghana, In: Environmental Science and Policy107pp. 123-136 Elsevier
Hilson Abigail, Hilson Gavin, Dauda Suleman (2019)Corporate Social Responsibility at African mines: Linking the past to the present, In: Journal of Environmental Management241pp. 340-352 Elsevier
Hilson GM (2011)Artisanal Mining, Smallholder Farming and Livelihood Diversification in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa, In: The Journal of International Development23(8)pp. 1031-1150 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Hilson GM, Clifford MJ (2010)Small-Scale Mining, Mercury and Environmental Health: Challenges and Ways Forward in Rural Ghana, In: Hilson GM, Clifford MJ (eds.), The International Journal of Environment and Pollution41(3-4)pp. 185-325
Hilson GM, Van Bockstael G (2011)Diamond Mining, Rice Farming and a "Maggi Cube": A Viable Poverty Alleviation Strategy in Rural Liberia, In: Journal of International Development23(8)pp. 1042-1053 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Hilson Gavin, Hilson A, Maconachie R (2017)Opportunity or necessity? Conceptualizing entrepreneurship at African small-scale mines, In: Technological Forecasting and Social Change131pp. 286-302 Elsevier
Hilson GM, Okoh G (2011)Poverty and Livelihood Diversification: Exploring the Linkages Between Smallholder Farming and Artisanal Mining in Rural Ghana, In: Journal of International Development23(8)pp. 1100-1014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd
Hilson G, Yakovleva N (2006)Strained relations: a critical assessment of the mining conflict in Prestea, Ghana, In: Hilson GM (eds.), Small-scale Mining, Rural Subsistence and Poverty in West Africapp. 241-251 Practical Action Pub
Hirons M, Hilson G, Asase A, Hodson ME (2014)Mining in a changing climate: what scope for forestry-based legacies?, In: JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION84pp. 430-438 ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Hilson GM, McQuilken J (2016)Moving overseas? Critical reflections on the implementation of Latin American ethical gold schemes in Sub-Saharan Africa, In: Deonandan K (eds.), Mining in Latin America: Critical Approaches to the New Extraction(10)pp. 184-210 Routledge
Hilson GM, Kamlongera P (2011)Poverty Alleviation in rural Malawi: Is There a Role for Artisanal Mining?, In: Journal of Eastern African Studies5(1)pp. 42-69 Taylor & Francis
Hilson GM, Clifford MJ (2010)Small-Scale Gold Mining, the Environment and Human Health: An Introduction to the Ghana Case, In: International Journal of Environment and Pollution41(3-4)pp. 185-194 Inderscience Publishers
Hilson Gavin, Sauerwein Titus, Owen John Large and artisanal scale mine development: The case for autonomous co-existence, In: World Development Elsevier
Hilson GM, Maconachie R (2011)Artisanal Gold Mining: A New Frontier in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone?, In: Journal of Development Studies47(4)pp. 595-616 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Hilson GM, Ackah-Baidoo A (2011)Can Microcredit Services Alleviate Hardship in African Small-Scale Mining Communities, In: World Development39(7)pp. 1191-1203 Elsevier
Hilson GM (2010)Challenges with Eradicating Child Labour in the Artisanal Mining Sector: Experiences from Northern Ghana, In: Journal of Community Practice: organizing, planning, development and change41(3)pp. 445-473 Wiley
Hilson Gavin, Goumandakoye Halima, Diallo Penda (2019)Formalizing Artisanal Mining ‘Spaces’ in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Niger, In: Land Use Policy80pp. 259-268 Elsevier
Hilson GM, Banchirigah SM (2010)De-Agrarianization, Re-Agrarianization and Local Economic Development: Re-Orienting Livelihoods in African Artisanal Mining Communities, In: Policy Sciences: an international journal devoted to the improvement of policy making43(2)pp. 157-180 SpringerLink
Hilson GM, Carstens J (2009)Mining, Grievance and Conflict in Rural Tanzania, In: International Development Planning Review31(3)pp. 301-326 Liverpool University Press
Hilson GM, Banchirigah SM (2009)Are Alternate Livelihood Projects Alleviating Poverty in Mining Communities? Experiences from Ghana, In: Journal of Development Studies45(2)pp. 172-196 Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Maconachie R, Hilson G (2016)Re-Thinking the Child Labor "Problem" in Rural sub-Saharan Africa: The Case of Sierra Leone's Half Shovels, In: WORLD DEVELOPMENT78pp. 136-147 PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Hilson GM (2011)'A Conflict of Interest'? A Critical Examination of Artisanal/Large-scale Miner Relations in Sub-Saharan Africa, In: Botchway FN (eds.), Natural Resource Investment and Africa's Development Edward Elgar Publishing
Hilson GM, Hilson AE, Adu-Darko E (2014)Chinese Participation in Ghana's Informal Gold Mining Economy: Drivers, Implications and Clarifications, In: Journal of Rural Studies
Hilson Gavin, Hilson Abigail, Maconachie Roy, Mcquilken James, Goumandakoye Halima (2017)Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) in Sub-Saharan Africa: Re-conceptualizing Formalization and ‘Illegal’ Activity, In: Geoforum83pp. 80-90 Elsevier
Hilson GM (2012)Fair Trade Gold:Prospects for Africa's Artisanal Miners, In: Reed AM, Reed D, Utting P (eds.), Business Regulation and Non-State Actors(20) Routledge
Hilson Gavin, Zolnikov Tara Rava, Ramirez Ortiz Daisy, Kumah Cynthia (2018)Formalizing Artisanal Gold Mining under the Minamata Convention: Previewing the Challenge in Sub-Saharan Africa, In: Environmental Science and Policy85pp. 123-131 Elsevier
Hilson GM, Maconachie E (2009)Good Governance and the Extractive Industries in Sub-Saharan Africa, In: Mineral Processing and Extractive Metallurgy Review30(1)pp. 52-100 Taylor and Francis