Associate Professor Nick Bainton is an anthropologist with more than 15 years combined experience in academic and applied research and senior management leadership in the resources sector.
Nick is currently Program Leader Extractives and Communities in the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at the University of Queensland (UQ).
Nick has extensive experience working on the socio-political and economic aspects of resource development, with a focus on the Asia Pacific region. He has wide experience in the development, management, and implementation of large social projects and social risk management in complex operational environments, including resettlement, social and economic impact monitoring, mining compensation and benefits agreements, community relations and grievance handling systems, cultural heritage management and mine lease land management, governance, and operational/community health and safety.
Between 2010 and 2016 Nick worked with Newcrest Mining Limited at the Lihir gold mine in Papua New Guinea and held various positions including Manager Sustainable Development and Environment and Principal Social Performance.
Nick has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Melbourne and an Honours Degree in anthropology from the University of Adelaide. He has maintained a long-term research focus on the social and cultural responses to large-scale resource extraction in Papua New Guinea and has published a book and numerous articles and chapters on this work.