Can you tell us about the project you worked on?
The project is entitled “the technological relationship between microtechnological firms and the extraction of resources in Central Africa”. The main objective is to establish global production networks of all the steps in the production of new technologies. From the extraction of resources (such as cobalt, tantalum etc…) in African mines, to the finished products across the world (whether it be batteries used in electric cars, apple products, Huawei phones etc). This is particularly interesting as it is a key starting point for future policies focused on African inclusive growth, as well as highlight the paradox of the “green revolution”.
How did you find your experience of working with your project supervisor, Prof Simona Iammarino?
This is a great opportunity to strengthen bonds with the department’s professors both on a professional and personal level. I had a great time working with Professor Simona Iammarino, and even got the chance to present our co-authored paper (with Andreas Diemer) at the annual Regional Studies Association in Santiago de Compostela. This possibility, as well as the connection with Simona really enriched my first year as an undergraduate at the LSE.
What would you say to a geography student who is thinking about applying for a research fellowship?
I strongly advocate applying for a research fellowship, as you get the opportunity to work on a subject you’re interested in with academics from the department. They are amongst the best in the world in their respective fields, and you have the chance to learn from them. They are all very kind and supportive and make this experience a real pleasure. I was quite stressed about the skills required when applying, but you learn in a non-stressful and reassuring environment. In addition, you are paid for this position as a research fellow, which is always a good prospect as a university student.