Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry

Postgraduate Study


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CWiMI provides opportunities for students wanting to enrol in an Honours, Masters or PhD program. The research topics available address current industry questions across multiple fields and, under the guidance of our academic researchers, students are able to make significant contributions to sustainability in mining specialising in water in resource extraction.

If you would like to know more about Higher Degree by Research Programs (HDR) please visit SMI Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Programs 

If you would like to know more about all SMI study please visit SMI Study Information

Topics currently available for postgraduate research projects:

Project No.
Research Project name Short explanation of research area  Contact Details for applicants
Land & Water 1 Beyond the carrot and stick: how social norms and values influence water management Monitoring, fines and incentives have since long been used as tools for water management. This research area will explore how cultural values and social norms can be used as novel tools for sustainable water management.

For more information please contact
Rodrigo Rojas on +61 7 3833 5600 or email Rodrigo.Rojas@csiro.au or Dr Carlos Ordens             +61 7 3346 4021 or c.ordens@uq.edu.au

Though the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) program, we have three exciting opportunities to undertake PhD projects: 

-        Towards an interdisciplinary framework for groundwater pumping estimation

-        Influence of water-related conditions on mining development in complex orebodies: analysis from local to global scale;

-        Using high resolution satellite imagery to constrain models of surface-groundwater interactions over catchment scales

For details about the NCGRT program, eligibility criteria, scholarship and benefits, and lodging an Expression of Interest: 


Regional Land and Water Resources

For further information, please contact: Neil McIntyre

Mine Water Management and Accounting

For further information, please contact: Associate Professor Claire Côte

Postgraduate research students currently enrolled in a PhD or MPhil (and project title):

Our Current HDR Students are:

Name Project
Raphael Akesseh

Geochemical and hydrological study of mine tailings & capping design strategy for proposed tailing facility system closure

Gemma Bloomfield Recharge estimation in the Surat Basin
Nena Bulovic A changing water cycle in an agricultural and coal seam gas basin
Melinda Hilton Prediction of long-term salt generation from coal spoils
Karan Jian Salt crusting and its impact on water flow
Kristian Mandaran Mount Isa Mines closure: evaluation of final void water balance
Juan Sebastian Ossa Moreno Quantifying the value of water over project life cycles in a mining and agricultural region
Gabriel Pérez Murillo Modelling transport and transformation of mine tailings
Louisa Rochford Evaluating a national framework for groundwater use estimation in Australia
Meng Shirley Shi Rainfall extremes and adaptive mine water management in the Bowen Basin
Shahla Yavari