Isaac  Haruna Ziaba

Isaac Haruna Ziaba

PhD student in the Department of International Development

Department of International Development

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Key Expertise
Elections, Mining, Natural Resource Management, sub-Saharan Africa

About me

Isaac Haruna Ziaba is a second year Ph.D student whose PhD project examines variation in the making of artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) policies in Africa. His project will be based on a 12-month intensive fieldwork in Ghana and Tanzania beginning from April 2019. Isaac holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Ghana and MSc in International Conflict and Cooperation from Stirling University, U.K.

Prior to joining the LSE in 2017, he interned with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) and later worked with the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Accra, Ghana. He advised government officials on the options and consequences of political party finance; worked with a team to conduct a political economy analysis to guide DFID’s programme design and implementation in Ghana; and trained approximately 180 cocoa farmers across 5 districts in Ghana on deliberative democracy. At the LSE, Isaac currently serves as Journal of Development Studies (JDS) Research Assistant.


Selected publications


  • Human Security Concerns in the Western Region of Ghana: An Analysis of the Oil and Gas Industry” available at:


Expertise Details

Political Economy; Elections; Mining; Natural Resource Management; Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining; Transitional Justice; Party Competition; sub-Saharan Africa