Since joining CSRM in 2007, Julia’s work has spanned a range of social sustainability issues related to the extractive industries in Australia and internationally. She specialises in researching the relationship between mining and local communities, with particular focus on agreement-making with Indigenous Peoples, gender and community development, and methodologies for analysing and improving resource companies’ social performance.

Julia has co-authored industry guidance documents on Indigenous Peoples and Mining (for the International Council on Mining and Metals) and Integrating Gender into Communities Work (for Rio Tinto). She has also contributed to research projects examining company-community conflict, extractive industry policy, social and cumulative impact assessment and internal management systems. The majority of this work has been in collaboration with Australian and international resource companies (at corporate and operations levels), government agencies and non-government organisations.

In 2010-11, Julia spent a year in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, with Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta (YTS) as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. At YTS, her work focussed on monitoring and evaluation of the foundation’s community development and governance strengthening programs, integrating gender into organisation systems and capacity building with local staff.

Prior to joining CSRM, Julia worked in the research team of Queensland South Native Title Representative Body. She holds a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts (with Honours in Linguistics) from The University of Queensland.