Lynda is the Training and Knowledge Transfer Manager at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining in the Sustainable Minerals Institute and has worked in the corporate training space both in Australia and overseas for many years.

She is responsible for all aspects of the Centre’s training offerings including recent on line programming . She has also designed and led CSRM’s local economic and social development training programs in Africa and Australia. She is committed to ensuring that these types of developments include the voices of women and youth.

She has extensive experience in Africa, having led training programs in 13 different countries. Her special interest is in Madagascar where her work has focused on remote and vulnerable populations, particularly female miners. She has designed materials and led field training for these women funded by Tiffany and Co Foundation, DFAT and GIZ. 

She is particularly interested in gendered impacts of large and small scale mining . Her PhD thesis examined Opportunities and challenges for women’s’ empowerment in the gemstone value chain in Madagascar and Thailand

Key Publications

Lawson, L 2014. 'I have to be my own mother and father': The African student experience at university, a case study using narrative analysis, Australasian Review of African Studies, vol. 35, no. 1, pp. 59-79.

Lawson, L 2018a, Sapphire mining, water and maternal health in S Ali, K Sturman & N Collins (eds), Africa's mineral fortune: The science and politics of mining and sustainable development, Routledge, London, DOI 10.4324/9780429467424.

Lawson, L 2018b, ‘Rice, sapphires and cattle: Work lives of women artisanal and small scale miners in Madagascar’, in K. Lahiri-Dutt (ed.), Between the plough and the pick, ANU Press, Canberra, pp. 171-193. Available online here.

Lawson, L 2018, ‘Sapphire secrets: They aren’t all blue, and mining them requires luck plus labour’, The Conversation, 9 August, <>. Available online here.

Lawson, L 2019, ‘Women working in the Thai coloured gemstone industry: Insights from entrepreneurial ecosystems’, The Extractive Industries and Society, , Vol.6(4), pp.1066-1074. Available online here.

Lawson, L & Harimalala, Z 2017, ‘Reflections on the life stories of gemstone professionals in Madagascar’, a paper presented at the International Conference on Sustainable Development, New York, 18-20 September. Available online here.

Lawson, L & Lahiri-Dutt, K 2019, ‘Women sapphire traders in Madagascar: challenges and opportunities for empowerment’, The Extractive Industries and Society April 2020, Vol.7(2), pp.405-411Available online here.