Clement Sefa-Nyarko is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate with two previous Master of Arts degrees, obtained from the United Kingdom and Ghana, on the broad areas of history, population studies, security and development; and over six years of experience in critical social assessments of institutions, vulnerable groups and society in general. The PhD thesis aims to reframe the natural resource curse discourse in Ghana using political and historical theory analyses. It assesses political behaviour and institutions that inform options for natural resource exploration in sub-Saharan Africa, as they have been found to affect political stability and development in resource-rich countries. The thesis contributes to knowledge on natural resource governance and its impact on peace, security and development. Clement is an alumnus of the African Leadership Centre - Kings College London's African Scholars in Peace, Security and Development Fellowship programme.