We work with government and industry via Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage projects, our collaborations with the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) and other peak industry bodies.

We also work with small to medium-sized companies focused on improving their sustainability performance; and collaborate with international organisations, such as the Internation Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Bank, and NGOs and civil society organisations, including Oxfam and the Responsible Mining Initiative (Mongolia).

Our industry partners include some of the largest resources companies globally - Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Newmont Mining, Xstrata, Anglo American, BG Group and Vale.

Rio Tinto

The Rio Tinto - SMI-CSRM partnership was established at the end of 2006, and is now in its fifth year. This is an important and unique association where Rio Tinto and SMI-CSRM collaborate on a program of research and associated activities around corporate social performance and sustainable development, to assist Rio Tinto to monitor and enhance the effectiveness of their social and environmental investments, and also to provide research and training services. 

The partnership is coordinated through a Steering Committee comprising key personnel from Rio Tinto and SMI-CSRM. The Steering Committee define an annual work program, review performance against project and program milestones, identify opportunities for involving other Rio businesses and disseminate knowledge internally and externally.

A major project undertaken through the partnership has been the development of a Decision Support Framework related to town 'normalisation' and the management of the impacts of rapid workforce growth on mining-related communities. Another project currently being undertaken involves assisting 3 selected Rio Tinto sites in Australia in rolling out the new Global Community Target. 

If you would like more information about the Rio Tinto Partnership, please contact Dr Deanna Kemp on d.kemp@smi.uq.edu.au

Queensland Gas Company

In late 2009, a three year research partnership was formalised between SMI-CSRM and Queensland Gas Company (QGC), part of the BG Group. Under this agreement, SMI-CSRM provides independent, third-party research, advisory and training services to help QGC achieve its social performance aspirations. SMI-CSRM and BG Group also collaborate on a range of globally focussed research projects.

The collaboration is coordinated through a Steering Committee comprising key personnel from QGC and BG Group, and SMI-CSRM. The objectives of the partnership are to support QGC in meeting its social performance commitments, contribute to the professional development of personnel working in social performance both with QGC and BG Group, contribute to the social performance knowledge base and appropriately communicate findings internally and externally.

A major project undertaken through the partnership has been to work with the QCLNG project team to establish a Sustainable Development and Monitoring Indicator Framework for its project areas. Another project has involved providing assistance to QGC with the development and implementation of the community committees within the QCLNG.  

If you would like more information about the QGC Research Collaboration, please contact Dr Will Rifkin on w.rifkin@uq.edu.au


In mid 2007, a 3 year agreement was formalised with the then Lihir Gold Limited for SMI-CSRM to provide research, training and consulting services. During this time SMI-CSRM has delivered training to community relations personnel employed by the company, led the development and implementation of a cultural heritage management plan for Lihir Island, and coordinated baseline research for the Lihir Education Plan (a major, multi-year initiative that forms a kry part of the revised Intergrated Benefits Package between Newcrest, the government of PNG and the people of Lihir Island. 

The original agreement has now been extended for another 2 years. SMI-CSRM personnel will continue to train community relations personnel and will design a social impact monitoring framework for the operation. The framework not only identifies major social impacts on the community but also provides a number of indicators that will assist the company's  social responsibility reporting and monitoring. The agreement will continue to provide opportunities for publishing some of the findings out of SMI-CSRM's research activities in Lihir.

CSRM's close involvement with Newcrest in PNG provides a unique window on the challenges that communities and companies face in managing th impacts of rapid, large-scale, industrial development and in giving practical effect to the broad goal of sustainable development. 

If you would like more information about the Rio Tinto Partnership, please contact Dr Deanna Kemp on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">d.kemp@smi.uq.edu.au

ECC platform

The ECC Platform functions as a clearing house and a platform for exchange on environment, conflict, and cooperation (ECC). It aims to foster sustainable peace by creating networks among stakeholders from the development, environment, foreign and security communities worldwide.

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Minerals Futures CSIRO Cluster Collaboration

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining is leading a 3-year collaborative partnership on the future sustainability of the Australian minerals industry. The Mineral Futures Cluster Collaboration is a partnership between researchers from the University of Technology Sydney, Curtin University of Technology, Central Queensland University, Monash University, the Australian National University and CSIRO. The partnership is funded by a $3.17 million contribution from the CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Fund with in-kind contributions from cluster partners bringing the total investment in the research to $8.63 million (net of GST) over three years. 

The research partnership provides a social and economic research capability to the CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship. The CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship consists of innovation investment to address the serious challenges that face the Australian minerals industry: declining ore grades and shifting local, regional and international operating environments. The Minerals Futures research cluster is complementing the technological research undertaken through the flagship by providing foresight into the long-term strategic challenges, future scenarios, social, economic and regional contexts in which the technology will be situated and will assist the flagship to reach its goal of transforming the Australian minerals Landscape.

CSRM leads a major research project on the social, socio-environmental and economic impacts of Minerals Down Under technology and is developing methodologies and practical tools for technology assessment. A particular focus will be on the impacts of remote operations and automation technology on indigenous employment in the minerals industry. 

If you would like more information about the CSIRO cluster collaboration, please contact Dr Daniel Franks on d.franks@uq.edu.au