Dr. Daniel Franks

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Location: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
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Dr Daniel Franks is currently on a leave of absence from his position at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), while acting as Programme Manager of Stones for Development at the United Nations Development Programme. The 3-year €13.4 million programme provides capacity-building support to the small-scale private sector, associations/chambers, public institutions and communities that operate in the low value mining and materials sector in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The programme is an initiative by the ACP Group, coordinated by the ACP Secretariat, financed by the European Commission and UNDP, and implemented by UNDP.
Prior to taking a leave of absence Daniel held the position of Deputy Director - Strategy and Mineral Policy at CSRM. He is the auhor of Mountain Movers: Mining Sustainability and the Agents of Change (available from Earthscan/Routledge in late September 2015). His research interests lie across the sustainability of the extractive resource industries with a particular focus on the social and environmental change associated with mining and energy developments.
Originally trained as a geologist, Daniel began his career as a field geoscientist in Brazil and Australia. After retraining in political and social sciences, Daniel worked as a social scientist leading a unit within the natural resources and water department of the Queensland State Government, Australia. He has held research and teaching positions at Griffith University and The University of Queensland. Daniel serves as Co-Chair for Social Impact Assessment at the International Association for Impact Assessment and is a member of the Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources Thematic Group of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He has field experience at more than 40 mining and energy sites internationally and has authored publications on topics such as mining policy, resource governance, social impact assessment, cumulative impacts and company-community relations.
A highlight of Daniel's work at CSRM was his role in policy reform. In the state of Queensland, Australia, Daniel assisted the Queensland Government in the design and implementation of the Sustainable Resource Communities Policy and processes for social impact assessment and management. In Cambodia, he was part of a team delivering long-term training on sustainability in mining to the Cambodian General Department of Mineral Resources. In Sierra Leone, Daniel has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Environment Program to support mined land rehabilitation and mine closure processes, and for the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation Daniel led a project to develop technology assessment processes to address the social implications of new mining technologies.
Daniel has contributed to undergraduate, post-graduate, and professional development training in Australia and internationally. He was a visiting Professor at the Mining Business School, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile where he regularly taught into the Master of Mining Management since 2011; and has been a visiting lecturer at the Vale Columbia Centre for Sustainable International Investment at Columbia University, New York; the University of Eastern Finland; and the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia. Daniel was part of the technical committee for the First and Second International Conferences on Social Responsibility in Mining, held in Santiago in 2011 and 2013 and he served on the program committee for the International Symposium on Resettlement and Livelihoods. 
He is an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Minerals Policy & Economics (Resources Policy) and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. He has previously served on the management committee of the Environmental Defenders Office (Queensland) an environmental NGO focused on law reform. In 2012 Daniel received the University of Queensland Foundation Research Excellence Award. He holds a PhD from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from The University of Queensland. His PhD explored the social and environmental outcomes of non-consensual extraction of mineral resources and was awarded a Chancellors Medal from Griffith University for the Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology Group’s top ranked PhD candidate. 
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