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CGHR Practitioner Series: Richard Solly on Extractivism and Mining

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ABSTRACT : CGHR runs a Practitioner Series each year in Lent term, Jan to March, which often features rights activists, aid practitioners and journalists etc. Our speakers relate stories about their own experience — how they came to work in the field that they are in — with details about what the work itself involves. The session thus offers a combination of substantive discussion of the speaker’s work and critical views on the challenges of working in their area, as well as personal and practical insights into how they ended up doing what they do and how they would advise others thinking about practice/policy as a possible future after studies/research.

CGHR ’s Practitioner Series provides students (both undergrads and postgrads) and researchers with the chance to ask questions of people that they might not normally have access to.

In this session, we speak to Richard Solly. Richard has been Co-ordinator of London Mining Network since its launch in April 2007. He has worked on mining and Indigenous Peoples’ rights since 1991, and was involved in the London-based Minewatch Collective and the Mines and Communities network which grew out of it. He was one of the original members of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign from 2001 and administered Partizans (People Against Rio Tinto Zinc And Subsidiaries) from 2003 to 2022. Prior to his involvement with the Minewatch Collective, Richard worked on Indigenous land rights in Alberta, Canada, from 1989, mainly with the Edmonton Interfaith Committee on Aboriginal Rights and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate of Grandin Province. The main threats to Indigenous land rights in Alberta at that time were oil, gas and logging companies. Richard was born in Maidstone, Kent, in 1959. His father was a potter, his mother a dressmaker. Both families had very deep roots in Kent. Richard studied History at Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1978 to 1981, taking a particular interest in medieval church history, was a Harkness Fellow of the Commonwealth Fund of New York from 1982 to 1984, and studied for the Roman Catholic priesthood at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, from 1984 to 1987. He is a member of the Community of the Passion, a Catholic religious community.

This talk is part of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights Events series.

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