Mining Mongolia: Reflections on the “Resource Curse,” Poverty, and Applied Anthropology in the Asian El Dorado
Craig R. Janes, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University and Henry Luce Foundation Resident Scholar, SAR
Colloquium, SAR Boardroom
Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free
Mongolia is experiencing a mining boom at a scale not seen globally since the California Gold Rush of the mid-nineteenth century. Although mining revenues are producing double-digit increases in GDP, rates of poverty have increased to nearly 40% of the population. In this talk, Dr. Janes will reflect on the emergence and exacerbation of poverty and rural underdevelopment in the face of vast mineral wealth, and discuss efforts to address the social and health impacts of mining and related development activities.