Sandy specialises in the social dimensions of extractive industries.

Sandy’s doctoral research is examining the construction and assessment of social risk in the Australian coal mining project environment. Her general research interests include risk governance, social risks and social impacts, communication management, the influence of socio-cultural factors on the construction of risk, and how individuals process and evaluate risk information. She is also interested in multidisciplinary, multi-actor approaches to problem solving.


Sandy has 25+ years' experience in the mineral resources sector - on site, in government, in a corporate environment and in consulting. She is a sessional academic at UQ, working predominantly in the schools of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, and Communication and Arts.

Key Publications

Kemp, D., Worden, S., and Owen, J.R. (2016). Differentiated social risk: Rebound dynamics and sustainability performance in mining, Resources Policy, 50: 19-26.

Is the mining industry misdiagnosing social risk? Risk and Resilience Mining Solutions 2016, Vancouver, Canada, 14-16 November, 2016.

Assessing the social risk of coal mining projects, 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology, The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggle for a Better World, Vienna, 19-14 July 2016.