The cyanide socio-technical learning lab is an example output from a project aimed at exploring the linkages between technical, environmental and social challenges facing mining projects, and was supported by the Complex Orebodies Program.  The model, which is built using system dynamics, explores the balancing causality between the use of cyanide leaching, potential environmental contamination, community health and safety, and community and public trust.  

The model is a generic prototype and a work-in-progress. The objective of the project is to demonstrate the importance of a multi-disciplinary approach in addressing social and environmental challenges of the resource sector and demonstrate the capability of the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) to undertake multi-disciplinary research on address the emerging challenges of the resource sector.

This tool is available to our academic and industry fellows to work with and provide us with feedback on advances that can be made to the model. Also, we are seeking industry partners to fund the research to advance the model and apply the model to industrial cases.

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Dr Brunilde Verrier
Honorary Fellow, Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
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Professor Mohsen Yahyaei
Director,  Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
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Dr Gordon Forbes
Senior Research Fellow, Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
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Marcin Ziemski
Sustainable Minerals Institute

Carl Smith
UQ Business School

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Professor Mohsen Yahyaei

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