Paul's research is focused finding new and innovative ways to promote sustainable community development in the context of the extractive industries in countries such as Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Myanmar and Australia.

Paul has been involved in a number of large research projects focused on impact assessment and sustainable development in the extractive industries for a range of government, industry, international donor and civil society clients. He has worked on projects for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, International Council on Mining and Metals, Natural Resource Governance Institute, and Rio Tinto. His current research projects include conducting a socio-economic diagnosis for Vale Minerals in Malaysia and an integrated socio-economic and environmental assessment of mining in Myanmar for the United Nations Development Programme.

Paul is a human geographer with over 15 years’ experience in academia and the private sector working in the areas of impact assessment, stakeholder engagement, sustainable development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). His background includes academic teaching and applied research, financial services advisory on Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) performance and risk, and doctoral research on the impacts of large natural resource development projects in Indonesia. Currently, Paul's work at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) in the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland sector leading projects on socially responsible development in the extractive industries.

Industry

He has an extensive track record of winning contracts and managing large research projects funded by government, industry, international donor and civil society clients. These include the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, International Council on Mining and Metals, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Vale Minerals, Rio Tinto and the United Nations Development Programme.

Collaborations

Paul has worked on a number of collaborative projects with international academic institutions, most recently with the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in Indonesia on a DFAT-funded project to design tools to incorporate social and environmental factors into large scale mineral infrastructure development in Indonesia.

Key Publications

ICMM (2016) ‘Indigenous Peoples and Mining Good Practice Guide’ 2nd Edition, International Council on Mining and Metals’ (lead author)

NRGI (2016) ‘Myanmar and the Natural Resource Charter: 28 Priority Issues for the Extractive Industries’ Natural Resource Governance Institute (lead author)

Rogers, Paul, Collins, Nina and Everingham, Jo-Anne (2013) ‘Social aspects of the closure of Century Mine: impact and future prospects for Gulf business and the regional economy. Supplement C’, Brisbane, QLD, Australia: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland

Stubbs, W., and Rogers, P. (2013) ‘Lifting the veil on environment-social-governance rating methods’, Social Responsibility Journal, Iss: 4, pp.622 – 64

Lechner, A., Devi, B., Schleger, A., Brown, G., McKenna, P., Ali, S.H., Rachmat, S., Syukril, M., and Rogers, P (2017) ‘A Socio-ecological approach to GIS least-cost modelling for regional mining infrastructure planning: A case study from South-east Sulawesi, Indonesia’, Resources, 6, 7

Funding

2017 $66,000 – United Nations Development Program. Integrated environmental and social baseline in Mandalay region of Myanmar
2016 $528,000 – Vale Minerals Malaysia. Provision of professional and contract management services for the Vale Malaysia Minerals corporate social responsibility program in Malaysia (2016-2018)
2015 $74,000 – Natural Resource Governance Institute. Natural Resource Charter benchmarking exercise in Myanmar
2014 $500,000 – Papua New Guinea Mineral Resources Authority. Three year training and capacity building program for Development Coordination Division staff
2014 $140,000 – International Council on Mining and Metals. Update of the Indigenous Peoples and Mining Good Practice Guide
2014 $149, 966 – Australian Agency for International Development / Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Australia-Indonesia Infrastructure Research Award (AIIRA) (Stage 2)
2013 $14,975 – Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). Australia-Indonesia Infrastructure Research Award (AIIRA) (Stage 1)
2013 $70,000 – International Council on Mining and Metals. Evaluation of the Mining Partnerships for Development Toolkit