Dr. Diana Ayeh

Themenbereich Umwelt und Gesellschaft
Department Stadt- und Umweltsoziologie

für Umweltforschung − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig

Tel.: 0341 - 235 482257

Foto Ayeh

Research Interests

  • Ethnographies of corporate capitalism
  • The role of ethics in global mining governance
  • Mining conflicts in Burkina Faso and Germany
  • Innovative extractive technologies and the role of the public
  • New investment spaces in the context of 'green technology'

Professional Career

since 04/2020 Research Associate in the Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ

01/2016 - 12/2019 Research Associate in the Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 1199, Subproject B06 Gold Mining and New Regulations of (Sub)National Spaces in Africa, University of Leipzig

01/2015 - 12/2015 Postgraduate Studies International Cooperation for Sustainable Development, Seminar for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-University Berlin

06/2015 - 11/2015 Junior Consultant SLE Study Inclusion grows - Developing a manual on disability mainstreaming for the German development cooperation Case study Namibia, Client: GIZ/BMZ

10/2011 - 07/2014 Master of Arts African Studies, University of Leipzig and Master de Recherche Dynamiques Africaines, Institut d'Études Politiques (IEP) Bordeaux

10/2007 - 09/2011 Bachelor of Arts Political Science, University of Leipzig


Ayeh, D., Bleicher A. (2021): One concept fits it all? On the relationship between geoethics and responsible mining. In: The Extractive Industries and Society, 100934, Published online 24 May. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2021.100934.

Ayeh, D. (2020): What’s “local” labor in Burkina Faso’s mining sector? In: Africa is a Country. Published online 25 June.

Ayeh D. (2019): Rezension zu: Mbembe, Achille: Critique of Black Reason. Durham 2017. In: Connections. A Journal for Historians and Area Specialists. Published online 21 September.

Ayeh D. (2018): Yaramoko. In: Mining Conflicts in Burkina Faso. Published online 15 November.

Werthmann, K.; Ayeh, D. (2017): Processes of Enclaving under the Global Condition: The Case of Burkina Faso. Leipziger Universitätsverlag GmbH. Leipzig (Working paper series of the SFB 1199 Universität Leipzig, 4).

Kieck. B.; Ayeh, D. et al. (2016) Inclusion Grows. Developing a manual on disability mainstreaming for the German Development Cooperation - Case Study Namibia. Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institut für Agrar- und Gartenbauwissenschaften. Berlin.