The work of SMI is transdisciplinary, independent, impartial and rigorous. Our research integrates the expertise of production, environmental, social science, and health and safety specialists to deliver sustainable resource development and train the next generation of industry community leaders. 

SMI researchers work across the life of mine, resulting in unique capabilities and collaborations available at no other research institute in the world. 

Research at SMI

  • Community relations and human rights
  • Mineral processing
  • Discovery and exploration
  • Transition and closure
  • Environment and water
  • Governance
  • Climate and energy
  • Circular economy and waste
  • International development
  • Artisanal and small-scale mining
  • Indigenous Peoples and cultural heritage
  • Health and safety

Centres and Programs

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SMI's Research Centres are committed to delivering sustainable resource development and training the next generation of industry and community leaders.

In addition to the depth of expertise within each Centre, SMI has developed transdisciplinary Strategic Programs to address global challenges for the industry.

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