Resource Geographies II: the resource-state nexus
This progress report surveys recent work in human geography on the resource-state nexus. This choice reflects several contemporary trends in the governance of land, water and energy resources that, taken together, suggest a renewed significance of the state: examples include resource 'scrambles' and land and water 'grabs', and calls for state intervention in the face of perceived food, energy and resource shortages. The report examines research themes and conceptual frameworks emerging at the resource-state nexus within human geography, and is organized into two sections. The first highlights research that unpacks processes of resource-making and state-making through close attention to scientific and political practices. The second section considers research examining the state's role as a significant 'extra-economic' actor, enabling resource mobilization and capital accumulation. The report concludes with a brief summary.