Emanuel Bria's PhD project examines transparency turn in the management of mining tailings facilities and its impact on disaster risk management and public accountability. It seeks to understand how governance by disclosure could strengthen the management of nickel tailings facilities and how human beings historically severely impacted by the catastrophic failure of tailings facilities are central to nickel tailings management in the Wallacea region of Indonesia. The research is built upon existing literature on environmental politics and human security. This project is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Supervisors: Associate Professor Kathryn Sturman and Professor Deanna Kemp 


Emanuel has consulted and worked with organisations such as the World Bank; Asian Development Bank (ADB); Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); Association of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI); Ford Foundation; Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI); Sustainable Minerals Institute (The University of Queensland); a German automobile manufacturing company; and others. 

Emanuel has also advised and led training to governments, energy and mining companies, and civil society organisations in Southeast Asia e.g., Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines to improve the governance of energy and mineral sectors.  


Emanuel is a social scientist with more than 18 years of professional experience in public policy, social research, teaching, consultancy, and management, focusing on the nexus between energy and mineral resource development and their impacts on the environment and society. 
He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Paramadina University, Indonesia, and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Indonesia.