Lars Buur

Roskilde University

Lars Buur has been Associate Professor in the Department of Social Sciences and Business at Roskilde University, Denmark, since 2014. His research focuses on the political economy of extractive natural resource governance and post-conflict state formation in Southern and Eastern Africa. From 2015-2020, he was Programme Coordinator of the HIERARCHIES of Rights research programme on struggles related to large-scale investments into natural resources in Sub-Sahara Africa. In the past, Lars Buur has worked in several positions at the Danish Institute for International, the Nordic Africa Institute Uppsala, the Centre for Development Research, and Aarhus University.

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Jan 1, 2021
Anne Mette Kjær, Ole Therkildsen, Lars Buur, Michael Wendelboe Hansen

When ‘Pockets of effectiveness’ matter politically: Extractive industry regulation and taxation in Uganda and Tanzania

It is a common view that states in the developing world with substantial extractive natural resource discoveries may not have the capacity to tax and regulate multinational companies in the sector. In this article, we show that ruling elites in recently resource-rich Tanzania, and in Uganda – expe...


Jan 1, 2020
Lars Buur, Rasmus H. Pedersen, Malin J. Nystrand, José J. Macuane, Thabit Jacob

The politics of natural resource investments and rights in Africa: A theoretical approach

Over the past decade and a half, large-scale investments in natural resources in African countries have increased dramatically. While investments in natural resources and agriculture have become more important for African economies, since they have stimulated economic growth and made regimes depende...


Jan 1, 2020
Jedrzej George Frynas, Lars Buur

The presource curse in Africa: Economic and political effects of anticipating natural resource revenues

The notion of the ‘resource curse’ suggests that large inflows of extractive industry revenues cause many adverse macro-economic and political effects. The resource curse literature focuses on the impact of actual inflows of extractive resource revenues. However, anticipation of future resource ...


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