Community Research Methods for the Resources Sector
In August, the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) will be conducting a four-day Masterclass on
Community Research Methods for the Resources Sector. Designed as a core component of the UQ Diploma and
Masters Program in Community Relations and Responsible Resource Development programs, CSRM is offering the
intensive session to external participants as a professional development opportunity. Participants will engage with
recent developments in researching and understanding community issues associated with resource developments
from leading researchers and industry experts.
Who is this masterclass for?
The Masterclass is primarily designed for community relations practitioners, in industry, government and civil society,
working in both mine site and corporate environments, who have responsibility for, or who are involved, in processes
of researching community issues, and evaluating and monitoring the social impacts of mining developments. This
course is taught as a University-level program, and applicants would benefit by having a University qualification or an
appropriate level of experience. The Masterclass will also benefit personnel in the resources industry, government,
consulting groups, and regional authorities with an involvement or interest in researching, evaluating and monitoring
community issues and impacts of resource development.
This is a practically-based intensive Masterclass, which combines classroom teaching, peer group discussions and
interactive learning exercises. Participants who complete the course will:
• Gain an understanding of key concepts in social research;
• Appreciate the range of research methods available and their suitability to a range of contexts;
• Develop an appreciation of the use of research methods in processes including formal Social Impact;
• Assessments and Baseline Assessments of communities impacted by resource developments;
• Gain practical experience in designing research instruments and analysing data;
• Be introduced to the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation of social mitigations and investments; and
• Learn basic skills in interpreting and critiquing research reports in this area.
The four day Masterclass covers both qualitative and quantitative research methods applicable to research by
community relations practitioners and other professionals working in the resources sector. Presenters from within
the SMI and industry professionals will provide students will guide students through current practices in research
and introduce tools to undertake research and analysis.
During the program students will work in groups on a case study putting into practice the concepts, frameworks and
tools covered. The program will conclude with group presentations to an expert panel.
Each day will commence at 8.30am and conclude at 5pm. Please take note of any variations to these times in the
Program outline available from the CSRM website at www.csrm.uq.edu.au.
Early Bird $3,000 (inc GST) due on or before Monday July 18, 2016
Full Rate $3,300 (inc GST) due on or before Monday August 1, 2016
Late Registrations A fee of $110/person (inc GST) will be applicable for all registrations received after Monday August 1, 2016.
Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Level 4, Sir James Foots Building
Cnr Staff House & College Roads, St Lucia QLD 4072
Phone: +61 7 3346 4003