Rodger is an expert in Indigenous engagement and participation in the extractive resource sector.

Rodger’s research focus is on agreements between Indigenous people and resource companies with a particular focus on implementation.

Rodger holds an Honours degree in Geology and Geography and Master of Philosophy in the field of Indigenous development and mining. For over 25 years Rodger has worked with Indigenous groups and resource companies to promote sustainable social and economic outcomes. He was at the forefront of developing agreements over land access for resource development under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act and Native Title Act.


Rodger has worked with a range of major resources companies through research projects at CSRM including, QGC, BHP at Cannington Mine and Groote Eylandt (now South32), Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Newmont Australia, MMG at Century Mine.

Key Publications

Parmenter, J. and Barnes, R. 2020. ‘Factors supporting indigenous employee retention in the Australian mining industry: A case study of the Pilbara region’. The Extractives Industries and Society (in press).

Barnes, R., Holcombe, S., and Parmenter, J. 2020. ‘Indigenous groups, land rehabilitation and mine closure: exploring the Australian terrain’. Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining. University of Queensland: Brisbane.

Kung, A., Rogers, P., Skrzypek, E. and Barnes, R. 2019. ‘Newmont Tanami Operations Social Impact Assessment’. Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, The University of Queensland: Brisbane

Barnes, R., Harvey, B. and Kemp, D. 2015. ‘Benchmarking Leading Practice in Aboriginal Business Procurement in the Extractive Resource Sector’. A report prepared by CSRM for AEMEE under the AEMEE and QGC Partnership Agreement. CSRM Brisbane

Everingham, J., Barnes, R. and Brereton, D. 2014. ‘Gulf Communities Agreement - 15 Year Review. Report’. CSRM Brisbane.