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Journal Articles – Jesse Salah Ovadia


Ocean and land grabbing in Ghana’s offshore petroleum industry: From the agrarian question to the question of industrialization (with Jasper Ayelazuno) Journal of Agrarian Change. 22(4), 2022.

Addressing gender inequality through employment and procurement: Local content in Tanzania’s emerging gas industry The Extractive Industries and Society. 9, 2022

Ghana’s petroleum industry: expectations, frustrations and anger in coastal communities (with Jasper Ayelazuno and James Van Alstine) Journal of Modern African Studies. 58(3), 2020.

Incommensurable languages of value and petro-geographies: Land-use, decision-making and conflict in South-Western Ghana (with William Otchere-Darko) Geoforum. 113, 2020.

Local Content in Developing and Middle-Income Countries: Towards a More Holistic Strategy [Introduction to Critical Reflections on Local Content Laws in Extractive Industries Special Issue, co-guest edited with Abigail Hilson]. The Extractive Industries and Society. 7(2), 2020.

Oil Exploration and Production in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1990-Present: Trends and Developments (with Emmanuel Graham) The Extractive Industries and Society. 6(2), 2019.

The theory and practice of building developmental states in the Global South [Introduction to Developmental States Beyond East Asia Special Issue, co-guest edited with JT Nem Singh]. Third World Quarterly. 39(6), 2018.

Studying the Developmental State: Theory and Method in Research on Industrial Policy and State-Led Development in Africa (with Christina Wolf). Third World Quarterly. 39(6), 2018.

State-Led Industrial Development, Structural Transformation and Elite-Led Plunder: Angola (2002-2013) as a Developmental State. Development Policy Review. 36(5), 2018.

Trajectories of Large-Scale Land Acquisition Dynamics in Angola: Diversity, Histories, and Implications for the Political Economy of Development in Africa (with Aharon de Grassi). Land Use Policy. 67, 2017.

Local Content Policies and Petro-Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Comparative Analysis. Resources Policy. 49, 2016.

Recognising the Constitutive Role of Law in Global Value Chains: A Research Manifesto. (by The IGLP Law and Global Production Working Group, a group of 20 authors of which I am a member). London Review of International Law, 4(1), 2016.

State-Led Development in Angola and the Challenge of Agriculture and Rural Development. Portuguese Studies Review. 23(2), 2015.

Local Content and Natural Resource Governance: The Cases of Angola and Nigeria. The Extractive Industries and Society, 1(2), 2014.

Accumulation With or Without Dispossession? A ‘Both/And’ Approach to China in Africa with Reference to Angola. Review of African Political Economy. 40(136), 2013.

The Making of Oil-backed Indigenous Capitalism in Nigeria. New Political Economy, 18(2), 2013.

The Nigerian “One Percent” and the Management of National Oil Wealth Through Nigerian Content. Science & Society, 77(3), 2013.

The Reinvention of Elite Accumulation in Angola: Emergent Capitalism in a Rentier Economy. Cadernos de Estudos Africanos, 25, 2013.

Local Content and State-Led Development in Angola. Mulemba – Revista Angolana de Ciências Sociais. Faculdade de Ciências Sociais (FCS), Universidade Agostinho Neto (UAN), Luanda. 3(6), 2013.

The Dual Nature of Local Content in Angola’s Oil and Gas Industry: Development vs. Elite Accumulation. Journal of Contemporary African Studies, 30(3), 2012.

Stepping Back from the Brink: A Review of the 2008 Ghanaian Election from the Capital of the Northern Region. Canadian Journal of African Studies, 45(2), 2011.