My research project GLONEXACO (The Global-Local Nexus of Armed Conflicts: The interlinkages between natural resource-fuelled armed conflicts and the EU’s raw materials supply) was funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie action of the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 framework programme.

GLONEXACO was coordinated by the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and conducted in collaboration with the Program on Order, Conflict and Violence (OCV) at Yale University. My supervisor at IBEI was Professor Esther Barbé Izuel and my mentor at Yale was Professor Stathis N. Kalyvas. The project took three years (2015-2018), of which I spent the first two years at Yale and the third year at IBEI.

By merging methods of Economic Geography and Conflict Studies, GLONEXACO scrutinised the relationships between local armed conflicts and global market dynamics in the case of natural resource trade. The objective of this research project was to study this illicit trade and to suggest policy options that help to ensure a safe and responsible supply of raw materials for Europe’s industry.

On the website of the European Commission is more detailed information about the project and its findings: Link