The Gold Matters project (2019-2021) explores whether a transformative approach towards sustainability is possible in small-scale gold mining. In three regions in Africa and South America we research how gold mining actors engage with, understand, and transform their relationships to the natural, social, political, and economic worlds. Is societal transformation towards sustainable mining futures possible in small-scale mining? What is the character of sustainability, for whom, where, and how? Gold Matters was awarded with 1,5 million euro by the Belmont Forum and NORFACE Joint Research Program on Transformations to Sustainability, which is co-funded by DLR/BMBF, ESRC, FAPESP, ISSC, NWO, VR, and the European Commission through Horizon 2020.

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