Research Methods for the Resources Sector

Date: Monday, 31 July 2017 - Friday, 04 August 2017
Time: 8:30am - 5pm
Location: SMI
The Sir James Foots Bld (47a)
The University of Queensland,
St Lucia Campus, QLD 4072


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The Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) will be conducting a five-day Masterclass on Research Methods for the Resources Sector. Designed as a core component of the UQ Diploma and Masters Program in Responsible Resource Development programs, SMI is offering the intensive session to external participants as a professional development opportunity. Participants will engage with recent developments in researching and understanding sustainable development (SD) issues from leading researchers and industry experts.

Course details

Duration:  5 days

Full rate $3,300 inc GST

Early bird rate $3,000 inc GST before June 30, 2017

Student/NGO rate $2,000 inc GST

Course delivery:    Face-to-face at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, St Lucia
Upcoming Course:  July 31 to August 4, 2017


Payment options: Mastercard, Visa and American Express is accepted, as well as the option to create a Proforma Invoice that can be paid via BPAY, EFT, Cheque (via mail), or in-person at The University of Queensland St Lucia Cashier.

Who is this masterclass for?

The Masterclass is primarily designed for Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) practitioners, in industry, government and civil society, working in both mine site and corporate environments, who have responsibility for, or who are involved, in processes of researching sustainable development (SD) issues, and evaluating and monitoring the impacts of mining developments. This course is taught as a University-level program, and applicants would benefit by having a University qualification or an appropriate level of experience. The Masterclass will also benefit personnel in the resources industry, government, NGOs, consulting groups, and regional authorities with an involvement or interest in researching, evaluating and monitoring SD issues and impacts of resource development.


This is a practically-based intensive Masterclass, which combines classroom teaching, peer group discussions and interactive learning exercises. 

Participants who complete the course will:

•    Gain an understanding of key concepts in SD research;
•    Appreciate the range of research methods available and their suitability to a range of contexts;
•    Develop an appreciation of the use of research methods in SD processes;
•    Assessments and Baseline Assessments of communities impacted by resource developments;
•    Gain practical experience in designing research instruments and analysing data;
•    Be introduced to the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation of SD mitigations and investments; and
•    Learn basic skills in interpreting and critiquing research reports in this area.

The Program

The five day Masterclass covers both qualitative and quantitative research methods applicable to research by HSEC practitioners and other professionals working in the resources sector. Presenters from within the SMI and industry professionals will provide students will guide students through current practices in research and introduce tools to undertake research and analysis.

During the program students will work in groups on a case study putting into practice the concepts, frameworks and tools covered. 

The program will conclude with group presentations to an expert panel. 

Each day will commence at 8.30am and conclude at 5pm. A full program will be made available before the workshop.

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Program Leaders

Professor David Cliff

David Cliff was appointed was appointed Professor of Risk and Knowledge Transfer at the beginning of 2017.  Prior to that he was Professor of Occupational Health and Safety in Mining and Director of MISHC. His primary role is providing education, applied research and consulting in health and safety in the mining and minerals processing industry. He has particular expertise in emergency preparedness, gas analysis, spontaneous combustion, fires and explosions, including providing expert testimony to the Moura No.2 Warden’s inquiry, Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry, and the Pike River Royal Commission.


Professor Saleem H. Ali

Professor Saleem H. Ali holds the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware (USA), and has also been Chair in Sustainable Resource Development at the University of Queensland’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI). His books include Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future (Yale University Press) and Environmental Diplomacy (Oxford University Press). Professor Ali was chosen as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum. He received his doctorate from MIT and was also trained and employed  in the Technical Leadership Program at General Electric Corporation.


For further information

Sustainable Minerals Institute
T:  +61 7 3346 3015
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Level 4, Sir James Foots Building
Cnr Staff House & College Roads, St Lucia QLD 4072

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