Social Impact Assessment in the Extractives: Critical Perspectives

Facilitators: Associate Professor Nick Bainton and Dr John Burton
Cost: Domestic Attendees $2,000 (excluding GST), International Attendees $2,000
Delivery: Online course; 6 modules and 3 live tutorial sessions
Participants will receive a certificate of completion from The University of Queensland

Social Impact Assessment (SIA) is increasingly relied on globally to assist companies, governments and communities to make decisions about major extractive projects.

But are conventional approaches to SIA sufficient in extractive contexts?

Extractive industries demand a tailored approach to SIA – to deal with issues relating to scale, lifecycle, and complexity.

This 6-module Masterclass is focussed on the key aspects of resource extraction. It is designed for SIA practitioners and other professionals looking to re-energise and enhance their expertise.

The learning pathway will push your critical engagement with SIA in the extractives sector. Together we will look at how SIA practice has changed and how it will need to change in the future. We’ll review the ethical dimensions of extractives-sector SIAs, and key issues like consultation and consent, impact and benefit agreements, resettlement, project closure, and social vulnerability.

The program will cover the following:

  • Recurring issues in extractive sector SIAs
  • Applying ‘theory of change’ thinking to SIA
  • Building an effective social baseline
  • Free Prior and Informed Consent and Ethics
  • Developments in the field – including community-controlled SIAs
  • SIA and Social Impact Monitoring Programs

This Masterclass will include case study discussions, structured scenario exercises, essential readings and critical reflections on SIA practice delivered through online modules and live webinars and tutorials.

Why choose this Masterclass?

  • Develop enhanced knowledge of SIA in resource extraction and development
  • Expand your thinking skills in this rapidly evolving field
  • Establish a network of peers for knowledge-sharing and support

Participants will need to be willing to engage and think critically about SIA.

The aim is to develop a deeper understanding of SIA and its potential to address future challenges.

Your facilitators: This class is facilitated by two of UQ’s leading experts in SIA in extractives with a combined experience spanning over 45 years. You will also hear from a variety of other voices and experts in this field.

Nick Bainton is an anthropologist who specialises in the social impacts of large-scale resource extraction. He works at the interface of local communities, governments and extractive companies in the Pacific and Australia.  

John Burton has 30 years of research experience on the social impacts of resource extraction, including a cumulative four and a half years in the field among mine-affected communities in PNG, New Caledonia, Solomon Islands and West Papua adjacent to sites operated by BHP, Rio Tinto, Newcrest and Freeport McMoRan, among others.

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