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 (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.

Core University of Queensland (Australia) Faculty involved in program

Professor Peta Ashworth

Ms. Ashworth is UQ Chair in Sustainable Energy Futures and has responsibility for the Master of Sustainable Energy. She is well known for her expertise in the energy field with research focuses on understanding public attitudes to climate change and energy technologies (wind, CCS, solar PV, geothermal) for climate mitigation. Ms. Ashworth co-authored the CSIRO Home Energy Saving Handbook to help Australian householders save money and reduce their overall energy use, and she has an interest in designing processes for engaging on complex and contested issues with a focus on science and technology innovations. She was awarded an EU Horizon 2020 research project – Responsible Research and Innovation Practice (RRI – Practice) – which aims to explore the drivers and barriers to the successful implementation of RRI practice in a global context. The UQ Surat Deep Aquifer Appraisal Project (UQ-SDAAP) under the UQ Energy Initiative aims to assess whether or not CCS could be a real option in Queensland in terms of future energy choices, and as Social Science Program Director, Ms. Ashworth is investigating the role of social media in CCS information and dialogue in the public. She is based in the School of Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Glen Corder

Dr. Corder specializes in industrial ecology, the circular economy and sustainability risk management frameworks in the mining and minerals industry. Dr. Corder ’s research focuses on the area of responsible resource use and processing. He currently leads the Life Cycle of Mines and Metals research program in the Sustainable Minerals Institute. Dr. Corder has over 25 years’ experience in the resources industries and has worked at the Sustainable Minerals Institute since 2004. Dr. Corder 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.

Mr. Robin Evans

Mr. Evans’ focus has been on the application of risk and valuation processes to the area of mining and sustainable development. Mr. Evans’ research work has focused on the application of risk management and valuation processes to the area of sustainable development and the minerals industry, including projects on risk frameworks and the valuation of water. The ACARP-funded Sustainability Opportunity and Threat Analysis (SOTA) project was subsequently applied by several mining companies to a diverse range of issues. Mr. Evans has also undertaken projects on the social impacts of mine closure and the development of project-related sustainability indicators. A mining engineer by training, Mr. Evans has worked at an open pit copper mine in Southern Peru, and spent several years working in the underground complex at Mount Isa in North-West Queensland. Subsequently, he spent ten years working for an explosives supplier as Technical Services Manager, a role which saw him visiting operations in most of the major mining regions of Australia. Mr. Evans has been based at the Sustainable Minerals Institute since 2002, working in both research and education roles. Mr. Evans holds a Master of Technology Management and Master of Engineering Science from the University of Queensland, and a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) from Imperial College, London.

Professor Deanna Kemp

Professor Kemp is a leading international expert focused on the social and political challenges of the global mining industry. Dr. Kemp specializes in industry-engaged social science that bridges company and community perspectives on extractive industries. Particular areas of interest include company-community conflict, displacement and resettlement, and human rights and development challenges. Dr. Kemp is also interested in how the global mining industry is organized, resourced and incentivized to respond to these pressing challenges. Dr. Kemp serves on the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), the New Member Review Panel for the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), and was recently appointed a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. She is a member of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA), the International Network of Displacement and Resettlement (INDR) and the Society for Applied Anthropological Association (SfAA). At The University of Queensland, Dr. Kemp has collegial relationships with the School of Social Science, including the Institute of Social Sciences Research (ISSR). She also has a range of international collaborative projects, including with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Nottingham University through the Mining, Resettlement and Livelihoods: Research and Practice Consortium. See: She has in the past collaborated with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on joint research.

Professor Neville Plint

Professor Plint is the Director of the Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) at The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. Professor Plint holds a PhD, MBA (distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and brings extensive leadership experience and a deep understanding of the mining sector having worked for 20 years with Anglo American in South Africa. Professor Plint’s extensive background focused on delivering improved operational performance on mining sites by developing and implementing new technologies, whilst establishing a global network of research professionals in academic institutes, mining companies and research organizations.

Russian Universities

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

Key Partner

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?