Glen specialises in industrial ecology, the circular economy and sustainability risk management frameworks in the mining and minerals industry.

Glen’s research focuses on the area of responsible resource use and processing. He currently leads the Industrial Ecology & Circular Economy research group in the Sustainable Minerals Institute. This program has a holistic focus on environmental impacts, social implications, technical innovations and economic factors along the metal value chain and over the life of a mining project or operation. An important focus of current research is investigating pathways to creating new economic value, targeting zero footprint and severely diminishing liability from mining waste through applying a multi-disciplinary and integrative approach.

Most recently Glen led a program of work on barriers and enablers for recycling systems in the Wealth from Waste Cluster, a 3-year (2013-2016) research collaboration that aimed to identify economically viable options for the recycling of metals from end-of-life products and industrial waste in Australia. Glen was also the lead researcher of a multi-year project (2007 to 2010) involving several research institutions and industry partners that resulted in the development of SUSOP, a holistic, systematic and rigorous set of processes for incorporating sustainable development principles into the design and operation of industrial processing plants.

From 2004 to 2007 he also led multi-year research projects focussed on practically orientated approaches for realising regional synergies (waste and by-product exchanges) between industrial operations and the development of toolkits for providing systematic methodologies for identifying synergy opportunities. Glen has also developed and delivered undergraduate and postgraduate courses on sustainable development in the resources industry.

Glen has over 25 years’ experience in the resources industries and has worked at the Sustainable Minerals Institute since 2004. From 2011 until 2015, he also held the position of Development Manager at SUSOP Pty Ltd which was the commercialisation company for SUSOP. SUSOP was the winner of the Institution of Chemical Engineers International Sustainable Technology Award in 2012. From 1991 to 2004, Glen was a mineral processing consultant at JKTech, the commercial division of SMI, where his main activities included designing and optimising crushing and grinding circuits, designing and implementing advanced process control systems, conducting plant and process control audits, and developing and presenting training courses for mining companies and operations worldwide.

From 1988 to 1990, he worked as a consultant for a UK based advanced process control consultancy company in the oil and petrochemical industries, KBC Process Automation (now known as Honeywell Hi-Spec Solutions). 

Glen is a chemical engineer and was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering degree (First Class Honours) in 1982 and his Master of Engineering Science degree in 1985, both from the University of Queensland. In 1988, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM), a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and is a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland.

He has been also been Chair of the Southern Queensland Branch of The AusIMM, on members of the AusIMM’s Sustainability Committee and Community & Environment Society. He is also Technical Policy Director – IChemE in Australia Board. He has co-authored 9 book chapters, over 30 journal publications, and numerous conference papers and presentations as well as several magazine articles. He has also been guest editor for special editions for the following journals: Resources, Conservation & Recycling, Minerals and Sustainability.

Industry Engagement

Glen has worked closely with the mining industry both in his research and commercial roles. Companies have included BHP, Rio Tinto, Anglo American, Xstrata, (now Glencore) Orica, Newcrest, Hatch, GHD, Aurecon, Ivanhoe as well as several other mid-size and smaller mining companies.


Glen has had numerous academic collaborations with institutions both in Australia and overseas, including the University of Technology Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, Monash University, CSIRO, Curtin University of Technology, University of Newcastle, Yale University, Trinity College Dublin and Montanuniversität Leoben in Austria.


Glen has managed and led multi-year collaborative projects that have been valued at over AUD 1 million including the Sustainable Development Program (AUD1.1 million) and the Regional Synergies Programs (AUD1.3 million) in the Co-operative Research Centre for Sustainable Resource Processing as well as the UQ’s Program (AUD690,000) in the Wealth from Waste Cluster project. He has also led direct industry projects valued up to several thousand Australian dollars.

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