Dr. Sabine Luning is lecturer in Economic Anthropology at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology of Leiden University.
Sabine Luning's research fosuses on mining and corporate social responsibility. Currently, she is doing research on economic anthropology, in particular the booming business of goldmining in West Africa. She investigates interactions between (representatives of) multilateral organizations, the state, international companies, national entrepreneurs, artisanal miners and local communities as well as the moral discourses that accompany and shape these interactions. Her research is part of the VIDI project I.C.E. in Africa: the relationship between people and the Internal Combustion Engine in Africa, headed by Jan-Bart Gewald.
Sabine Luning's PhD research dealt with the social dynamics of ritual practices in Burkina Faso, a topic at the crossroads of religious ideas, politics and social identities. She continued studying the contemporary situation of chiefs as well as local perceptions of the natural environment In particular how these are shaped in wider social arenas such as national elections and development projects. Ever since her first professional experience as anthropologist in a large DGIS project, she has retained an interest in the social relations, power dynamics and organizational culture of development initiatives.