Minerals, Materials and Society is partnering with leading research and teaching universities around the world to offer access to innovative course content and access to global research networks. We have based our partnership approach on striving for excellence in research as well as overall impact in scale of mineral supply chains. For curricular content our primary partner is Australia’s University of Queensland,  Australia (UQ) and its Sustainable Minerals Institute. UQ was recently ranked Number one in the world in Mining and Mineral Engineering education by the Shanghai Rankings. 

In addition, we have reached a memorandum of understanding with the Russian National University of Science and Technology (MISiS) and will undertake a field course in partnership with their mineral research institute. As the world’s largest mineral producer overall, the scale of Russia’s role cannot be neglected and this partnership also provides an opportunity for science diplomacy.

MMS also has a partnership with the China University of Geo-Sciences in Wuhan through hosting visiting scholars every year for joint research. We are also developing a field course in China focusing on urban mining and a circular economy.

Within the United States, MMS has also reached agreement with the University of Arizona’s Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources.

The Minerals, Materials and Society program has a memorandum of understanding with the National University of Science & Technology and is developing a program with the Russia National Mining College, which is part of NUST MISiS. One aspect of this partnership is a Russia-based Experiential Laboratory as part of our core curriculum that will investigate innovations in legacy mining, review existing sustainability certification and an environmental responsibility rating for mining companies, and conduct an assessment of the current status of the world’s largest iron ore mine in Russia. An initial planning workshop was held in Moscow, Russia in April 2018, in conjunction with the Mineral Resources for a Low Carbon Sustainable Future forum that took place as part of the first International Exhibition forum GORPROMEXPO-2018. Further research collaborations are being pursued.

Experiential Learning Case study Course: Innovations in Legacy Mining: Lessons from Russia’s Iron Ore Anomaly Region

Dr. Myaskov Alexander, Director of the Moscow Mining Institute, National University of Science & Technology MISiS, professor in the department of  State and Municipal Administration in Industrial Regions of NUST/MISiS.  Doctor of Economics, Professor, Member of the Scientific Council of the University, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Mining Institute. Full member of the Academy of Mining Sciences.

Areas of scientific research:

Conservation of natural ecosystems and biological diversity in industrial regions.

 Leading  grant projects:

  • Development of the reserve system of the European part of Russia. Head of a group of Russian experts.
  • Economic mechanism for the conservation of natural ecosystems in the mining regions.
  • Patterns of changes in biodiversity with global changes in the environment.
  • Global patterns of changes in natural ecosystems and biodiversity in the operation of mining facilities in various regions.
  • Founder and Honorary President of the world’s largest  Nature Arts Festival- Golden Turtle. Chairman of the Board of the Russian Union of Natural Photographers. Member of the Board of the European Association of Environmental Photographers. Member of the Methodological Group at the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the Field of Environmental Protection on the arrangement of environmental education and educational tourism facilities in the territories of state nature reserves and national parks.

Affiliated scholars and researchers

Dr. Natalia Yakovleva

Natalia joined Newcastle University London as a Senior Lecturer in International Business Strategy in September 2015. Natalia has PhD in Environmental Studies, BSc in Economics and Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. After completing her PhD in 2002, Natalia worked as Research Associate at the Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society at Cardiff University (BRASS). Prior to Newcastle, Natalia worked as a Senior Lecturer in International Business at Surrey Business School (University of Surrey, Guildford) and as a Reader/Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Development at Winchester Business School (University of Winchester). Natalia has published in international journals such as Journal of Business Ethics; Political Geography; Geoforum; International Journal of Production Research; Environment and Planning C. She authored a book on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Mining Industries, Routledge, 2005. She is a member of British Academy of Management, Academy of Management and Fellow of Higher Education Academy. She is a member of editorial boards of journals: The Extractive Industries and Society (Elsevier) and Resources (open-access MPDI journal). Professor Yakovleva is also a Associate Director of the Institute for Sustainability at Newcastle University since November 2017.

Dr. Tamara Litvineko

Professor Tamara V. Litvinenko has published over sixty  articles in Russian, English, and Japanese on social and ecological problems of regional natural resource development. She has actively participated as principal investigator or collaborator in  numerous national and international projects supported by the World Bank, Global Ecological Fund, Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technology of Japanese Government, Doshisha university, Russian Scientific Fund for  Human Studies, Presidium of Russian Academy of Sciences. Tamara V. Litvinenko was visiting professor at Doshisha university (2000, 2007-2008, 2010) and invited research fellow at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (2007) in Kyoto, Japan. She was awarded by the State Scientific scholarship of the President of Russia for young talented scientists (1993-1996), Honored diploma of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1999) and Honored diploma of Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics (2006). Her research interests are social and economic geography, regional natural resource management, geography of tourism and recreation. Her study areas are Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East, Japan, the Ukrainian-Russian-Belarusian transboundary region.

Ms. Daina Paulikas   

With over 15 years of experience as a systems engineer, entrepreneur, business consultant, and economist, Daina brings a cross-disciplinary lens to understanding the dynamics of complex systems spanning human, technological, and environmental. Her research interests include learning organizations, developing social entrepreneurship ecosystems, sustainable supply chains and governance, behavioral causes of suboptimal equilibria, and multidisciplinary systems engineering; with regional interests spanning South America, Eastern Europe, and Africa. A former tech co-founder, defense systems engineer and Boston Consulting Group consultant, she has taken on projects independently for the World Bank, Google’s advanced hardware group, Buenos Aires and other municipal governments, and numerous startups and non-profits. Daina holds an MSc in econometrics and mathematical economics from London School of Economics, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a BS in physics (honors) from California Institue of Technology. She recently led a sustainability study computing and comparing the impacts of metal production from deep-sea nodules versus land ores, entitled “Where should metals for the green transition come from?