The University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) is a world-leading research institute committed to developing knowledge-based solutions to meet global sustainability challenges.

The work of SMI is multidisciplinary. It integrates expertise in exploration, mining, mineral processing, workplace health and safety, mine rehabilitation, water and energy, social science, and governance to reduce the minerals industry’s impact on communities and the environment and reshape its role in sustainable development. The Institute works collaboratively with industry, governments, civil society and a wide range of other stakeholders and translates research into impact through commercialisation, contract research and consulting.

We deliver professional development, higher degrees by research and formal teaching programs to train the next generation of industry and community leaders.

Our Vision

Knowledge leadership for a sustainable world.

Our Mission

To deliver global sustainability through responsible mineral development.

SMI is developing the people, technologies and approaches for the minerals sector to help address complex challenges facing the environment, humanity and the economy on the path to sustainability.

SMI Publications

Engagement Brochure

Developing the people who will create change in the way society produces and uses minerals for a sustainable future.

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Strategic Plan 2022–2025

The Strategic Plan 2022–2025 outlines SMI's priorities through the three Domains and three Enablers aligned with UQ.

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Capability Statement

Discover the Institute's capabilities, showcasing what we offer in research, consulting and collaboration.

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Annual Reports

Completed reports available for download, showcasing the Institutes achievements and developments.

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