Dr Titus Sauerwein

PhD Student
MSc International Relations (Universiteit van Amsterdam), MA African Studies (Leiden University)


Experienced researcher with a background in International Relations (MSc) and African Studies (MA) specialised in the governance of the extractive sector in sub-Saharan Africa and more specifically Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM). 

Knowledge and key skills in field and desk-based socio-economic qualitative research methods (multi-sited ethnography, archival research); mineral governance, political-economy, macro-economic, stakeholder and policy analyses. 1 year fieldwork experience in Cote d’Ivoire. Experienced in presenting and leading the organisation of international workshops and conferences.


Research interests


Sauerwein, T. (2022) “Friends, Foes or Equals? Contextualising Stakeholder Relations in Côte d’Ivoire’s Gold Mining Frontier.” Doctoral Thesis. University of Surrey. Web.

Hilson, G., Van Bockstael, S., Sauerwein, T., Hilson, A., & McQuilken, J. (2021). Artisanal and small-scale mining, and COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa: A preliminary analysisWorld Development139, 105315. Chicago

De Jong, T. U., & Sauerwein, T. (2021). State-owned minerals, village-owned land: How a shared property rights framework helped formalize artisanal diamond miners in Côte d’Ivoire between 1986 and 2016Resources Policy70, 101920.

Hilson, G., Sauerwein, T. Owen, J. (2020) Large and artisanal scale mine development: The case for autonomous co-existenceWorld Development 130, Article 104919.

Sauerwein, T. (2020) Gold mining and development in Côte d’Ivoire: Trajectories, opportunities and oversights. Land Use Policy, Volume 91, 104323