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  • Universitetsvej 1, 24.1

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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My research is broadly on political economy of development, with a focus on governance of extractive and energy resources. Current research explores renewed interest of the Tanzanian state in the extractive sector. I question the role and prospects of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) in the extractive sector focusing on political and institutional challenges affecting SOEs efficiency, governance and political challenges, management of resource revenues, distribution of rents and the struggles over access to land in resource extraction.

My overall research is positioned at the intersection of environment and development challenges with focus on, natural resource governance and the political economy of energy, natural resource extraction and climate change.

My current research broadly investigates coal and energy.  I am particularly interested in questions relating to governance and political challenges arising from recent coal boom In Tanzania with focus on the role of state-owned enterprises, state-business relations, management of resource revenues and distribution of rents. I’m also interested in struggles over access to land in resource extraction, and the socio-economic, political and environmental costs of the extractive sector. On energy, I’m interested in the politics of energy security, energy transition, and the overall issues around energy production, distribution and access.  

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2016 2019

  • 6 Journal article
  • 6 Working paper
  • 1 Conference abstract for conference
  • 1 Literature review

Economic nationalism? Domestic gas, rent capture and power generation: a comparative analysis of Mozambique and Tanzania

Jacob, T., Salimo, P., Pedersen, R. H., Buur, L. & Macuane, J., 10 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearch

Mining-sector dynamics in an era of resurgent resource nationalism: Changing relations between large-scale mining and artisanal and small-scale mining in Tanzania

Jacob, T., Pedersen, R. H., Mutagwaba, W., Jønsson, J. B., Schoneveld, S., Chacha, M., Weng, X. & Njau, M. G., 2019, In : Resources Policy. 62, p. 339-346

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Resurgent resource nationalism in Tanzania's petroleum sector

Pedersen, R. H. & Jacob, T., Jan 2019, In : Oxford Energy Forum. 117, p. 22-25 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

When good intentions turn bad: The unintended consequences of the 2016 Tanzanian coal import ban

Jacob, T., Feb 2019, In : The Extractive Industries and Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Projects 2015 2015

Hierarchies of Rights

Buur, L., Jaime Macuane, J., Mondlane Tembe, C., Monjane, C. M., Salimo, P., Patey, L., Maganga, F., Pedersen, R. H., Mwakaje, A., Kweka, O., Sulle, E., Jacob, T. & Jarnholt, E. D.

01/01/2015 → …

Project: Research

A national turn contesting globalization? New resource encounters in Africa

Buur, L., Nystrand, M., Pedersen, R. H., Jarnholt, E. D., Salimo, P., Jacob, T., Hillbom, E., Kaarhus, R. & Biddulph, R.

Project: Research

Activities 2015 2017

  • 7 Lecture and oral contribution

Global best practices on environmental management on extractive investments

Thabit Jacob (Speaker)
21 Mar 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Defying Looming Resource Curse with Indigenization? Preliminary Findings from Two Coal Sites in Tanzania

Thabit Jacob (Speaker)
18 May 201619 May 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

Press / Media

Tanzania presses on with hydroelectric dam on vast game reserve

Thabit Jacob


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media