Affiliated Scholars and Practitioners

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Dr. Brian Brazeal

Dr. Brian Brazeal has conducted research on the global trade in gemstones since 2007. He has undertaken ethnographic fieldwork at major gemstone mining sites in Brazil, Zambia, Colombia and Mozambique. He has also conducted fieldwork with gemstone traders in Jaipur, Tel Aviv, Bangkok and New York. As an Associate Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Chico, Dr. Brazeal directs the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology, a facility dedicated to documentary film production. In 2016, he completed a film on the international emerald trade titled, “Illusions in Stone.” His written work has explored has explored the themes of economic ethics, the role of religion in the emerald trade and the legacy of violence around Colombia’s emerald mines.


Mbih Paul Kemeng

Mbih Paul Kemeng has an M.S. in Geology from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon. He works with the Department of Geology in the Ministry of Mines Industry and Technological Development, Cameroon. He is the author of "Chemistry and origin of the Mayo Kila sapphires, NW region Cameroon (Central Africa): Their possible relationship with the Cameroon volcanic line"



Dr. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

Dr. Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University. Dr. Kuntala’s research is on the interface of gender, the environment and natural resource management in developing countries, primarily in India. Dr. Kuntala has also carried out field-based research in Indonesia, Lao PDR and Mongolia. Dr. Kuntala’s publications include Dancing with the River: People and Lives on the Chars in South Asia (co-authored, Yale University Press, 2013); The Coal Nation (Ashgate, 2014); Gendering the Field: Towards Sustainable Livelihoods for Mining Communities (edited, ANU Press, 2011); Women Miners in Developing Countries: Pit Women and Others (co-edited, Ashgate, 2006). More about Dr. Kuntala’s work is available on her staffpage


Dr. Muhammad Makki

Dr. Muhammad Makki, is assistant professor at the Centre for International Peace and Stability (CIPS), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan. He received his Doctorate from the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), The University of Queensland (Australia) having completed a research study on coal seam gas (CSG) and community conflict in the Western Downs of Queensland, Australia. He has earned a Master Degree (MSc) in Energy Management from The University of Nordland, Norway. As a part of his degree he was on exchange with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia; and University of Texas Austin, USA. His research work focuses on extractive industry and local development impacts, socio-economic impacts, politics of resistance and sociological aspects of contention over extractive resource development.


Vincent Pardieu

Vincent Pardieu is since Jan 2017 a Consultant Field Gemmologist at “VP Consulting SPC”.  From 2008 to 2017 he was Senior Manager, Field Gemology at the GIA where he built and managed the first field gemology department in any modern gem laboratory. Previously he was a staff and research gemmologist at the Gübelin Gem Laboratory where he lead four field expeditions to pearl and gemstone deposits in Tanzania, Madagascar and Burma. From 2004-2007 he was Laboratory Director at the AIGS in Bangkok where he published several research papers on new treatments and led two 3-month long field expeditions to Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan. With a career thus far that has seen him lead 112 field expedition to colored stones mining areas around the world, he is internationally renowned for his dedication to all things related to gemology and conservation, he has published prolifically on all aspects of the subject in a host of different hard as well as web-based publications, the main ones of which can be found on his Research Gate profile.

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