Linda Mensah

PhD Researcher

Linda joined the Centre in 2018 as a Strathclyde Excellence Awards recipient. Linda’s research examines the recognition of customary and informal laws in formalising artisanal and small-scale gold mining towards sustainability.  Linda gathers motivation from her lived experience growing up in Ghana’s largest gold mining town and her previous research on Ghana’s mining regime to ascertain the legal transitions towards achieving a thriving and sustainable artisanal and small-scale mining. Linda employs an interdisciplinary approach that involves a socio-legal anthropology, doctrinal and comparative approaches in exploring the tensions and complexities in the artisanal and small-scale mining regime. Linda’s research questions the spaces given to cultural rights and customary law under international law on mining governance and proceeds to examine how customary law can be mobilised in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals for the benefit of poor and vulnerable communities dependent on artisanal and small-scale mining.

Prior to joining the Centre, Linda worked as a legal officer and part-time law lecturer at the University of Energy and Natural Resources in Ghana. Linda was admitted to the Ghana Bar in September 2011. She pursued an LLM in International Law and Sustainable Development at the University of Strathclyde under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Chevening Scholarship and graduated with a distinction.

During her period as an LLM student, Linda was part of the student run Climate and Sustainability Project that researched on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The group made presentations of their work at the 1st Tarragona International Environmental Law Colloquium and organised a workshop on their research in 2016.