The goal of my research is to provide a qualitative as well as a quantitative analysis of the frames that dominate the public discourse on the current situation and potential future of Senegal’s extractive industry. From 2014 to 2016, Cairn Energy and Kosmos Energy have been announcing important oil and gas discoveries in the Southwest and Northwest regions of the country between the Senegalo-Mauritanian border. The announcement of these world-class offshore hydrocarbon reserves has instigated controversial debate across the country. It is in hopes of analyzing this heated public discourse that I chose to employ a media content analysis in order to provide a deeper understanding of the conceptual frames that the state and civil society use to interpret these recent exciting discoveries. Senegalese citizens did not wait for the first barrels to be produced to start a dialogue. My independent study project will examine the implications of the various communication strategies and themes that emerge in this social, political, and economic debate.


Mariola, Matthew

Second Advisor

Sene, Ibra




Civic and Community Engagement | Demography, Population, and Ecology | Law Enforcement and Corrections | Leadership Studies | Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility | Mass Communication | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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