Our People

We are a multi-disciplinary group of scientists, engineers, anthropologists, sociologists, economists, and natural resource specialists. We have in-depth knowledge of the minerals industry, both at corporate and operational levels, built from years of practical experience and engagement.

Our Directors are knowledgeable industry leaders, and our team is skilled to provide strategic or specialist advice, develop policy, and deliver world-leading research, education and training.

Our position within The University of Queensland, and our ability to link research and practice across several disciplines, sets us apart and adds unique value to our work.

SMI Leadership

  • Professor Neville Plint

    Director
    Sustainable Minerals Institute

    Melissa Glendenning

    Deputy Director - Operations
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Professor Alice Clark

    Professor Alice Clark

    Deputy Director - Strategy
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Professor Rick Valenta

    Professor Rick Valenta

    Deputy Director - Production
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Program Leader
    Complex Orebodies, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Claire Côte

    Associate Professor Claire Côte

    Director
    Centre for Water in the Minerals Industry, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Group Leader
    Environmental Excellence through the Mining Cycle
    Peter Erskine

    Professor Peter Erskine

    Director
    Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Group Leader
    Ecosystem Assessment, Restoration and Resilience
    Professor Daniel Franks

    Professor Daniel Franks

    Program Leader
    Development Minerals, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Deputy Director - Research
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Dr Maureen Hassall

    Dr Maureen Hassall

    Director
    Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre
    Susan Johnston

    Susan Johnston

    Program Leader
    Governance and Leadership in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Professor Deanna Kemp

    Professor Deanna Kemp

    Director
    Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Professor Mohsen Yahyaei

    Professor Mohsen Yahyaei

    Director
    Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
    Program Leader
    Future Autonomous Systems & Technologies (FAST), Sustainable Minerals Institute

    Professor Anna Littleboy

    Professorial Research Fellow
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Program Leader
    Transitions in Mining program, Sustainable Minerals Institute