Matthew I. Mitchell is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, Canada. His doctoral research examines the relationship between migration and violent conflict in the cocoa regions in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. He is also currently working on a co-authored book manuscript that examines governance strategies in mining sectors that is under contract with the University of British Columbia Press. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Arts degree from Université Laval, both in International Studies. 

Library Articles

This backgrounder explores the contentious debate surrounding Ghana’s oil discovery. It considers the ways in which Ghana’s oil could be either a ‘curse’ or a ‘blessing’ for the country. It briefly considers challenges surrounding resource extraction in Africa and the extent to which Gha...
On May 13, 2011, media in Ghana reported that 116 children between the ages of four and 17 were rescued from communities along Lake Volta—which links the country’s northern savannah with the coast—after they had been trafficked from the country’s Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, and Volta re...