Fikreth’s research largely focuses on the interface between Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) and Large-Scale Mining (LSM); community/informal economies; mining towns; and regional development and planning. Since joining CSRM, Fikreth has worked on an update to the ‘Towns Diagnostic Tool’ which is designed for use by both mining companies and Government. 

He is also currently working on building a knowledge database focussing on a range of critical issues related to the interface between ASM and LSM.

Fikreth holds a PhD in International Development and Planning from the University of Queensland as well as a Bachelor and a Master Degree in Regional and Town Planning, also from the University of Queensland. In addition Fikreth has undertaken specialised training at the Royal Technological Institute (KTH) in Sweden.

Prior to joining CSRM, he has worked for the Queensland State and Local Government; Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI); Foundation for Development Cooperation (FDC); and has also worked overseas in the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific region (Sri Lanka, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Samoa).