Alec Crawford is a Senior Researcher with IISD's Resilience and Economic Law and Policy programs. Since joining IISD in 2004, his work has focused on mining governance; climate change adaptation; and the links between environmental change, natural resources, conflict and peacebuilding.
Within the Resilience Program, Alec leads IISD's work on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding. This work has included extensive research and training on issues including conflict-sensitive conservation, climate change and security, as well as greening peacekeeping operations. He also works extensively on climate change adaptation, including leading IISD’s support for National Adaptation Plan (NAP) processes in the Caribbean region through the NAP Global Network.
Within the Economic Law and Policy Program, Alec works with the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF) to better understand how countries can optimize the mining sector's contributions to sustainable development. This has included extensive work with IGF member states to assess domestic mining laws and policies, the development of guidance documents for governments in the management of artisanal and small-scale mining, and the design and delivery of demand-driven training programs.
Alec has a Master of Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. He speaks English and French and is based in Toronto, Canada.
- Green Conflict Minerals: The fuels of conflict in the transition to a low-carbon economyThis reports seeks to understand how the transition to a low-carbon economy—and the minerals and metals required to make that shift—could affect fragility, conflict and violence dynamics in mineral-rich states.
- Innovation in Mining: Report to the 2018 International Mines Ministers SummitThis report highlights the pressing need for innovation in the mining sector, as productivity has decreased by 30 per cent, commodity price fluctuations are squeezing profit margins and costs continue to rise.
- Conflict-Sensitive Conservation in the Maiko–Tayna–Kahuzi–Biega Landscape: Conflict analysisThis conflict analysis provides guidance for advancing conflict-sensitive conservation in the Maiko–Tayna–Kahuzi–Biega landscape.
- Managing ASM: IGF Regional Workshop for AfricaA consortium of East African countries requested training on how to implement the IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining. The workshop sought to enhance the capacities of government representatives from 14 African countries, create opportunities for knowledge sharing and establish a community of practice.
- IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: SurinameAn assessment of Suriname’s readiness and capacity to implement the Mining Policy Framework (MPF) of the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF).
- IGF Guidance for Governments: Managing artisanal and small-scale miningThis guidance document presents a step-by-step process for governments to develop, implement and monitor an effective artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) management strategy.
- IGF Mining Policy Framework Assessment: SenegalThis assessment assesses the mining laws and policies of Senegal, and the country’s capacity to implement the IGF's Mining Policy Framework (MPF), to ensure that the mining sector contributes to the country's sustainable development.
- Migration and Conservation in the Misotshi-Kabogo EcosystemHuman migration is playing a significant role in driving land conversion and sustaining the...
- Human Migration and Ecosystems: Insights from the Great Lakes Region of East and Central AfricaFor centuries, people in east and central Africa have used migration as a strategy to respond to...