Professor David Brereton is the former Director of People Centres at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, with oversight for the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and the Minerals Industry Safety & Health Centre.
Before taking this role in July 2015, he was the Deputy Director for Research Integration since June 2012. David was the foundation Director of CSRM, which he established the in late 2001, and oversaw its growth into a world leading centre of research expertise on the social challenges facing the mining and minerals sector.
From a staff of one, CSRM now employs upwards of 30 researchers and support staff, has an annual operating budget exceeding $3m and has active projects in ten countries. CSRM also delivers the highly successful Graduate Program in Community Relations, which to date has enrolled over 130 resources sector professionals from 12 countries and has an expanding research higher degree program.
In the last five years, David has been the lead researcher on grants worth $3.1m. He is currently a chief investigator on three Australian Research Council Linkage Grants, chairs the CSIRO Minerals Futures Collaboration Cluster – a multi-university research program worth $3.2m over three years – and leads an ongoing program of work on cumulative impacts of mining, funded through the Australian Coal Association Research Program. He has also been responsible for the formation of research partnerships with several major resource companies, currently valued at $700,000 annually.
David has over 25 years experience in applied research and teaching. Over the course of his career, he has worked in senior research roles in both the university and government sectors, focusing on the use of applied social science to improve organisational practice and policy.
He has authored 30 refereed articles and book chapters, as well as of numerous research reports. In his current role, he is frequently invited to present at industry and practitioner conferences and workshops, including as a keynote speaker at conferences in Chile, Mongolia, India, Papua New Guinea and Peru.
Prior to taking up his position at CSRM, David was Director of Research and Prevention at the then Queensland Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) for eight years where he was responsible for managing the Commission’s research and monitoring programs and, for the last two years, its corruption prevention program. He oversaw and contributed substantially to in excess of 60 completed research projects, including several book length reports.
Before joining the CJC, David taught Legal Studies at La Trobe University and Politics at the University of Melbourne and Monash University, and also worked as a Principal Consultant to the Law Reform Commission of Victoria, where he was the lead researcher on a project that led to major changes in that state’s sexual assault laws.
He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.
Projects at CSRM