Skip to main content


Photo of Dr Penda Diallo

Dr Penda Diallo

Lecturer (E&R)


Before joining CSM, Penda was Senior Resilience Advisor at CARE International-UK, providing technical support and project development assistance on resilience building projects in various CARE country programmes including Niger, Nepal, Somaliland, South Sudan, and Haiti. Before joining CARE she was a livelihoods and governance advisor, where she worked on natural resource management projects in Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Cameroon. Previously she had worked as an environmental consultant for AECOM, and in research and communications roles for the Conflict, Security and Development Group in King’s College London, Helen Keller Worldwide in Guinea.


Penda has worked and lived in several developing countries. Her expertise includes, advising different stakeholders on building sustainable community relationships in mining areas, monitoring the resilience aspect of development and humanitarian projects,  social impact assessment for the delivery of sustainable natural resource management projects, market analysis, identifying and working with local, national and international institutions, supporting the design of locally appropriate development projects in mineral resource rich countries, and increasing the capacity of local institutions and vulnerable groups to manage their natural resources in a sustainable manner. She also advises different organizations on advocacy, marketing and communication strategies.

Penda holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, School of Social and Political Sciences with a focus on the impact of mining on development and politics.


My areas of research interests include:


·The nexus between mining, politics and social insecurity 

·Environmental sustainability, climate change and resilience in the extractive sector

·The politics and governance of Artisanal and Small Scale Mining (ASM)

·Mining and society including issues around social license to operate, Free Prior Informed Consent, gender, stakeholder engagement, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, migration and issues of conflict, security and development within extractive societies.


Potential PhD: Potential PhD candidate interested in pursuing a PhD at the University of Exeter are encouraged to discuss their research ideas before submitting their application. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD at CSM within my areas of research, expertise and/or regional expertise, you can email your CV and a short research proposal directly to me and I will be happy to discuss it.

Opportunities I am interested in: Institutions looking to build sustainable community relationships in mining areas, improve engagement with stakeholders in resource rich countries and/or design locally appropriate development projects in mining areas can also contact me directly for advise/input. I am always looking for case studies that can be used for research and interested in companies that are happy to allow me to undertake research on their sites or companies looking to find solution focused on the impact of mining on societies.