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Queen's University

J. Andrew Grant

Ph.D. (Dalhousie)

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Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C410
Phone: (613) 533-3120
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Research Interests

International Relations, International Political Economy, African Politics, Global Governance, Regionalism and Regionalization, Conflict and Cooperation in Natural Resource Sectors, Non-State Armed Groups, Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Transitional Justice.

Brief Biography

Dr. J. Andrew Grant is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. In 2009, Dr. Grant received an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario's Ministry of Research and Innovation. The award enables Dr. Grant to serve as the Principal Investigator of a research project that examines governance in mining. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University. From April to June 2003, he was an intern at the Campaign for Good Governance in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Dr. Grant is editor of Darfur: Reflections on the Crisis and the Responses (QCIR / QCIDP 2009) and co-editor of The New Regionalism in Africa (with F. Söderbaum, Ashgate 2003), The Research Companion to Regionalisms (with T.M. Shaw and S. Cornelissen, Ashgate 2011), and New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (with W.R.N. Compaoré and M.I. Mitchell, Palgrave 2014). His recent publications focus on conflict diamonds and the Kimberley Process, non-state armed groups and regional security, post-conflict reconstruction in fragile states, and governance issues relating to natural resources. He has conducted field research in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa. Dr. Grant is a Senior Fellow with the Queen’s Centre for International and Defence Policy, a Faculty Associate with the Queen’s Southern African Research Centre, and a Research Fellow with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. He serves on the Executive Councils of the International Political Science Association Research Committee #40 (New World Orders) and International Studies Association - Canada, and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Regional Security. Dr. Grant has also advised Canadian, American, British, and German policy-makers on topics ranging from the Kimberley Process and conflict diamonds to humanitarian responses and international engagement in fragile states to the politics of identity formation among non-state armed groups in Africa.

Selected Publications

“Consensus Dynamics and Global Governance Frameworks: Insights from the Kimberley Process on Conflict Diamonds.” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal 19:3, 2013, 264-284.

“Constitutional Change, Aboriginal Rights, and Mining Policy in Canada” (with D. Panagos). Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 51:4, 2013, 405-423.

“Reflections on Network Governance in Africa’s Forestry Sector” (with D. Balraj and G. Mavropoulos-Vagelis). Natural Resources Forum 37:4, 2013, 269-279.

“Commonwealth Cousins Combating Conflict Diamonds: An Examination of South African and Canadian Contributions to the Kimberley Process.” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 51:2, 2013, 210-233.

“Micro-Regionalisms, Information and Communication Technologies, and Migration in West Africa: A Comparative Analysis of Ghana’s Diamond, Cocoa, and Gold Sectors” (with M.I. Mitchell, F.K. Nyame and N. Yakovleva). In Ulrike Lorenz-Carl and Martin Rempe, eds. Mapping Agency: Comparing Regionalisms in Africa. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013, 149-174.

“From Carats to Karats: Explaining the Shift from Diamond to Gold Mining by Artisanal Miners in Ghana” (with F.K. Nyame). Journal of Cleaner Production 29 (July), 2012, 163-172.

“The Kimberley Process at Ten: Reflections on a Decade of Efforts to End the Trade in Conflict Diamonds.” In Päivi Lujala and Siri Aas Rustad, eds. High-Value Natural Resources and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding. London: Earthscan / Taylor & Francis, 2012, 159-179.

“Clan Identity and Islamic Identity in Somalia: An Examination of Non-State Armed Groups in Regional and Sub-Regional Context.” In David Last and Anthony Seaboyer, eds. Clan and Islamic Identities in Somali Society. Toronto: Defence Research and Development Canada, 2011, 35-44.

“New Regionalisms and the African Union: Reflections on the Rise of Africrats, Regional Economic Integration, and Inter-Regional Relations” (with T.K. Tieku). In B.J.C. McKercher, ed. Routledge Handbook of Diplomacy and Statecraft. London: Routledge, 2011, 264-273.

"Natural Resources, International Regimes and State-Building: Diamonds in West Africa." Comparative Social Research27 (July), 2010, 223-248.

“Digging Deep for Profits and Development? Reflections on Enhancing the Governance of Africa’s Mining Sector.” South African Institute of International Affairs 49 (October), 2009, 5-19.

“Perspectives on Migration Patterns in Ghana’s Mining Industry” (with F.K. Nyame and N. Yakovleva).  Resources Policy: The International Journal of Minerals Policy and Economics 34:1-2 (March-June), 2009, 6-11.

“Informal Cross-Border Micro-Regionalism in West Africa: The Case of the Parrot’s Beak.” In Fredrik Söderbaum and Ian Taylor, eds. Afro-Regions: The Dynamics of Cross-Border Micro-Regionalism in Africa. Uppsala: Nordic Africa Institute, 2008, 105-120.

“Locating Citizen Agency in the Governance of Justice: Reflections on the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” In Catherine Slakmon, Maira Rocha Machado, and Pierpaolo Cruz Bottini, eds. New Directions in the Governance of Justice and Security. New York and Brasilia: United Nations Development Programme, 2006, 301-316.

“Diamonds, Foreign Aid, and the Uncertain Prospects for Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Sierra Leone.” The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 94 (September), 2005, 443-457.

“Global Governance and Conflict Diamonds: The Kimberley Process and the Quest for Clean Gems” (with I. Taylor). The Round Table: The Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs 93 (July), 2004, 385-401.

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