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Queen's University

W. R. Nadège Compaoré

Honours BA, International Political Economy (Trent University); MA, Political Studies (Queen's University)


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Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C408
Fax:  (613) 533-6848
Supervisor: A. Grant 



Research Interests:

International Relations, Global Political Economy, Global Governance, Extractive Industries, Business Ethics, African Politics

Brief Biography:

Nadège Compaoré is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. Nadège’s doctoral research investigates the political economy of transparency in the oil sectors of Gabon, Ghana and South Africa. Her dissertation is theoretically informed by the literature in global political economy and global governance literature, and is constructed as a critique of the ‘resource curse’ literature embedded within dominant development and good governance discourses. Her empirical focus draws from 9 months of qualitative field research conducted in Gabon, Ghana, and South Africa.

From January to March 2013, Nadège was a research fellow at the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs, while conducting fieldwork in South Africa for 3 months. She was also a visiting graduate student at the Faculty of Law and Economics of the Omar Bongo University in Libreville, during her fieldwork in Gabon from June to August 2013.

Selected Publications:

Compaoré, W.R. Nadège. May 2013. ‘Towards Understanding South Africa’s Differing Attitudes to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Open Governance Partnership’, South African Institute of International Affairs, Occasional Paper No146, Johannesburg

Compaoré, W.R. Nadège. September 2012. ‘Ghana Makes Progress Against the “Resource Curse”, but Challenges Remain’, Africa Portal Policy Backgrounder, The Center for International Governance Innovation, Waterloo: ON

Compaoré, W.R. Nadège. 2012. ‘Review of The International Relations of Sub-Saharan Africa by Ian Taylor’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies,vol. 40, 685-686

Compaoré, W.R. Nadège. 2011. ‘Indian Hair, the After-Temple-Life: Class, Gender and Race Representations of the African American Woman in the Human Hair Industry’, Institute of African Studies Journal: Nokoko, vol.2, 143-170

Recent Awards, Grants and Scholarships:

  • SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship, 2011-2014
  • SSHRC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, 2013
  • CIDA Student for Development Grant, 2012
  • CIGI Africa Initiative Graduate Research Grant, 2012
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2011-2012
  • Jack Matthews Scholarship (Trent University), 2003-2007


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