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Professor David Brereton PhD

Deputy Director of Research Integration
Sustainable Minerals Institute, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
University of Queensland
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  • Impacts of mining
  • Social challenges facing mining and minerals sector

Professor David Brereton has an MA and PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.  Formerly Director, Research and Prevention, Criminal Justice Commission, he was appointed as the foundation Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland in late 2001.  He held this position until mid-2012. During his tenure, he built CSRM into a world-leading centre of research expertise on the social challenges facing the mining and minerals sector.  He has now taken on the role of Deputy Director of Research Integration in the CSRM’s parent body, the Sustainable Minerals Institute, with responsibility for driving cross-disciplinary initiatives to improve the sustainability performance of the minerals industry.

In addition to a strong record of engagement with the Australian mining industry, Professor Brereton has worked as a researcher and advisor in Latin America, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, The Philippines, Solomon Islands and Mongolia. Organisations he has undertaken work for include: The World Bank, IFC, the Australian Government, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Anglo American, Newmont Mining, Barrick Gold, Xstrata, Newcrest Mining, MMG Limited, BG Group, Anglo Gold Ashanti, the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the Minerals Council of Australia. Amongst other things, he is lead author of the ICMM’s Good Practice Guide on Indigenous Peoples and Mining and a guidance document on Community Development Agreements, prepared for the World Bank.

Professor Brereton’s current areas of research interest encompass: the implementation of sustainable development principles in the minerals industry; the development and application of sustainability indicators; indigenous peoples and mining; regulatory policy and practice relating to the minerals industry; understanding and managing the cumulative impacts of resource development; and the social impacts of new technologies in the mining industry.

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