18 MAR | Natural resource management challenges in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Theodore Trefon will be the guest speaker at the next session of the Seminar on International Studies focusing on the topic of the challenges of natural resource management in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This session is organized by CEI-IUL in partnership with the Master’s in African Studies and in International and Studies and it will take place in Auditorium Paquete de Oliveira (Sedas Nunes Building, ISCTE-IUL), on March 18, at 6:00 p.m. The entrance is free.

About the speaker:

Theodore Trefon is Strategy and Policy Lead for the Central Africa Forests Program tasked to assist in implementing national forest activities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo; harmonizing forest policies throughout the Central Africa region; and participating in fund-raising initiatives. Theodore’s ambition at WRI is to put his extensive DRC field experience to use in narrowing the gap between abstract policy theory and pragmatic concrete actions.

He is senior researcher in the Earth Sciences Department, teaches environmental governance at ERAIFT/Kinshasa and has lectured on social science approaches to sustainable development at Boston University Brussels and the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL).

Self-taught in matters of natural resource governance, Theodore studied at NYU (BA in Philosophy), Sciences Po, Paris (Certificate) and Boston University (PhD in Politics and African Studies). His books include Congo’s Environmental Paradox: Potential and predation in a land of plenty (2016), Précarité et Bien Etre à Goma (RDC): Récits de vie dans une ville de tous les dangers (with N. Kabuyaya 2016), Congo Masquerade: The political culture of aid inefficiency and reform failure (2011), Parcours administratifs dans un État en faillite: Récits de Lubumbashi (RDC). (with B. Ngoy 2007) and Re-inventing Order in the Congo: How people respond to state failure in Kinshasa (ed. 2004).


Photo:  Congo river viewed from Kintambo by Max.kit / CC BY-SA 4.0

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