SMI Research Programs

SMI Research Programs


The Sustainable Minerals Institute consists of a team of engineers, scientists and social scientists working together to deliver sustainable development research, technological developments and community solutions to address minerals industry impacts.

SMI researchers work across the life of mine, resulting in unique capabilities and collaborations available at no other research institute in the world.

Our Research Programs

SMI is committed to the transfer of research outcomes to the industry. Our projects spans a range of research areas related to current issues in sustainable development for the minerals industry.

Our research covers mining, mineral processing, water, communities, risk and environment. Examples include energy efficient comminution, mass mining technologies, mine site water management and mine closure.

SMI is committed to the transfer of research outcomes to the industry. Projects span a range of research areas related to current issues in sustainable development for the minerals industry.

SMI's Centres are grouped together to reflect their general research focus. Below are the groupings, as well as the current research programs underway. 

 

People Centres - Centre for Social ResponsibilityMinerals Industry Safety & Health Centre

Community and Workplace Health and Safety Led by Professor David Cliff
Extractives and Communities Led by Professor Deanna Kemp
Development and Governance Led by Dr Kathryn Sturman

 

Environment Centres - Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry

Ecosystem Assessment, Restoration and Resilience  Led by Dr Peter Erskine
Ecological Engineering of Soil-Plant Systems  Led by Associate Professor Longbin Huang
Regional Water and Land Resources  Led by Professor Neil McIntyre
Life Cycles of Mines and Metals  Led by Dr Glen Corder

 

Production Centres - WH Bryan Mining & Geology Research Centre, Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre

Mass Underground Mining  Led by Professor Gideon Chitombo
Geology for Mining  Leader TBC
Next Gen Mine-to-Concentrator  Led by Professor Sarma Kanchibotla
Rock: Ore Processability  Led by Professor Malcolm Powell
Processing: Prediction of Process Performance  Led by Dr Kym Runge 
SMI BRC JKMRC CCSG CMLR CWiMI CSRM MISHC