Going for Gold: Safe livelihoods for informal gold miners in South and Southeast Asia

Photo: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Research summary

Are informal gold miners environment destroyers? Are they involved in this livelihood due to poverty? Are they local poor responding to a rapidly changing global political economy of gold? This ARC-funded project aims to answer these (and other) questions by focusing research attention on three particular informal gold mining communities in India, Indonesia and Laos. This project places informal gold mining within the overall agrarian process of livelihood diversification. The project engages with local stakeholders to help ameliorate the livelihood risks and to improve the livelihoods of informal gold mining communities as well as find ways to protect the environment.


India: Dr Amalendu Jyotishi: Associate Professor, Amrita School of Business
Indonesia: Professor Dr Erwiza Erman and Dr Rini Soemarwoto
Lao PDR: Ms. Chansouk Insouvanh

Other Collaborators and advisors:

Dr Patrik Oskarsson (SLU, Sweden);
Dr Arnab RoyChowdhury (HSE, Moscow University),
amongst others.


Project reports and case studies can be found at the following links:

An open access book, published by ANU Press: Between the Plough and the Pick

A selection of short films: Crushed lives
Precarious labour in stone quarries
Diamond mining in Panna

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