Joni specialises in the social impacts of resource extraction.

Joni has over 10 years experience in applied research in the extractive industries. Joni's work has focused primarily on the impacts of resource extraction on Aboriginal communities in Australia. She has contributed to research projects on Aboriginal employment and business development within the sector, gender issues around mining and communities, social impact assessments, agreement outcomes between Aboriginal people and resource companies, Aboriginal cultural awareness training and governance. Joni has also contributed to research on investment decision making tools for mining dependent towns.


Joni holds a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours in Anthropology) from the University of Queensland and a Master of Philosophy, also from the University of Queensland. Joni has previously worked at the National Native Title Tribunal and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.


Joni as worked with a range of major resources companies through research projects at CSRM including, QGC, BHP, Rio Tinto Iron Ore, Newmont Australia, and MMG at Century Mine.

Key Publications

Parmenter, Joni and Drummond, Florence (2022) ‘What did I get myself into?’ Indigenous women and mining employment in Australia.  Extractive Industries and Society 12, 101189.

Parmenter, Joni and Barnes, Rodger  (2021). Factors supporting Indigenous employee retention in the Australian mining industry: A case study of the Pilbara region. The Extractive Industries and Society, 8:423-433.

Parmenter, Joni and Trigger, David (2018). Aboriginal cultural awareness training for mine employees: Good intentions, complicated outcomes. Extractive Industries and Society 5 (2) 363- 370.

Martin, David., Trigger, David and Parmenter, Joni (2014). Mining in Aboriginal Australia: Economic impacts, sustainable livelihoods and cultural difference at Century Mine, Northwest Queensland. Natural resource extraction and indigenous livelihoods: development challenges in
an era of globalisation. edited by Emma Gilberthorpe and Gavin Hilson. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate Publishing.37-56.

Parmenter, Joni (2011). Experiences of Indigenous women in the Australian mining industry. Gendering the field: towards sustainable livelihoods for mining communities. edited by Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt. Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU E Press.67-86.

Brereton, David and Parmenter, Joni (2008). Indigenous Employment in the Australian Mining Industry. Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law 26 (1) 66-90.

Everingham, Jo-Anne, Pattenden, Catherine, Klimenko, Veronica and Parmenter, Joni (2013). Regulation of resource-based development: governance challenges and responses in mining regions of Australia. Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 31 (4) 585-