Rebekah is an applied social scientist examining forced migration studies and sustainable development in the global mining sector

Rebekah’s doctoral research focuses on the challenges of policy implementation and local-level practice in the context of mining-induced displacement and resettlement. Her research is set within the Peruvian Andes and aims to capture the experience of private sector resettlement implementation from the perspective of impacted people, in addition to, company practitioners and other stakeholders with insights into the factors shaping livelihood restoration outcomes.

Rebekah has worked as a Research Analyst at CSRM since 2011. In this role, she has contributed to research on the topics of company conflict management and grievance handling, gender and agreement-making, local and regional development, and resettlement. Rebekah has assisted field-based research in diverse settings including at the Pierina Gold Mine (Peru), Lihir Gold Mine (PNG), RTA Weipa and the Mount Isa mine (Australia). 

Rebekah also lectures at the University of Queensland, she has coordinated a course for the Masters of Development Practice at the School of Social Science, and guest lectured in the Master of Community Relations at the Sustainable Mineral Institute. Her role as a teacher draws from applied research and prior experience working as an international development practitioner in Vanuatu and Nicaragua.

Rebekah holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Hons class 1) and a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Spanish) from the University of Queensland. Rebekah is an intermediate Spanish speaker and is fluent in Bislama (Pidgin).

Key Publications

Keenan, J.C., Kemp, D.L. & Ramsay, R.B. J Bus Ethics (2016) 135: 607.


Michael Cernea 2017 Society of Applied Anthropology Student Award on Involuntary Resettlement
Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship Recipient - Australian Government, Department of Education and Training