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
    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
    Brett Garland

    Brett Garland

    Director
    Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute
    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
    David Mulligan

    Professor David Mulligan

    Executive Director, International Centre of Excellence Chile
    Sustainable Minerals Institute
    Professor Rick Valenta

    Professor Rick Valenta

    Director
    Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre & W.H. Bryan Mining and Geology Research Centre
    Program Leader
    Complex Orebodies, Sustainable Minerals Institute

    Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei

    Group Leader
    Advanced Process Prediction and Control
    Program Leader
    Future Autonomous Systems & Technologies (FAST), Sustainable Minerals Institute

    Professor Anna Littleboy

    Program Leader
    Mine Life Cycle, Sustainable Minerals Institute