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Diana Arbeláez-Ruiz is a Research Manager at CSRM with over 15 years’ experience in sustainability-related research.
Diana’s experience spans environmental regulation and economics, community capacity building and development planning, and sustainability research.
At CSRM Diana has been involved in research on the political and institutional dimensions of mining environmental impact study approvals in Peru, company-community conflict, the social impacts of mine closure, Indigenous employment in mining and the gender dimensions of agreement-making.
Prior to joining CSRM, Diana worked for nine years in progressing the sustainability agenda in the investment sector in Australia in Environmental, Social and Governance analyst roles with both Regnan and Monash University. She analysed and benchmarked the social and environmental risk management of publicly listed companies to inform the investment strategies of Australian superannuation funds.
For six years, Diana focused on mining companies listed in the Australian Stock Exchange, undertaking research on risk exposure and management in areas including community relations and ethical conduct, talent management, carbon and energy cost exposure, climate change-related risk and water access.
Diana’s research background includes projects on the governance of environmental approval processes for large infrastructure projects in Colombia (Universidad de los Andes), research on economic instruments for environmental policy (Clean Development Mechanism and Water Pollution Charges), Indigenous employment at Rio Tinto’s Weipa mine (The University of Melbourne), and involvement in a cultural impact study for a major gas project in Papua New Guinea (Monash University).
Diana has a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia; a Master of Environmental Science from Monash University; and postgraduate studies in Anthropology and Development Studies from the University of Melbourne. She is currently undertaking her PhD research at CSRM.
Projects at CSRM
- Dialogue, Conflict and Regulatory Processes in Environmental Impact Studies for Mining Projects: Learning from the Peruvian Experience in the Latin American Context
- Good Practices in Indigenous Employment, Training & Enterprise Development (IETED)
- Institutional and Political Frameworks of Environmental Licensing Processes
- Listening to the City of Cajamarca
- Mining and local-level development: examining the gender dimensions of agreement making and benefit sharing
- Promoviendo la Inclusión Social en la Política Minera de Colombia
- Social Aspects of the Closure of Century Mine and assistance with GCA 15 year review
Publications for CSRM
- LA INCLUSIÓN SOCIAL EN LAS POLÍTICAS Y PLANES PÚBLICOS PARA EL SISTEMA MINERO DE COLOMBIA REFLEXIONES Y APRENDIZAJES
- 2014, Arbeláez-Ruiz, D. and Franks, D., Sentándose a la Mesa: Cómo una nueva generación de organizaciones está mejorando el diálogo y disminuyendo el conflicto sobre minería en América Latina. Spanish translation of article first published in Americas Quarterly, Vol.8, Issue 2, pp. 111–113
- 2014, Arbeláez-Ruiz, D. and Franks, D., Getting to the Table: How a new generation of organisations is improving dialogue and recording conflict over mining in Latin America. Americas Quarterly, Vol.8, Issue 2, pp. 111–113.
- Arbelaez-Ruiz, D., Parmenter, J., Santibanez, B.,Barclay, M.-A. and Rifkin, W. (2013) Documenting and Reviewing QGC’s Indigenous Employment, Training and Business Development Initiatives
- Kemp, D., Owen, J., Cervantes, D., Arbelaez-Ruiz, D., & Benavides Rueda, J. (2013) Listening to the city of Cajamarca. Research Paper, CSRM, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland: Brisbane, Australia.
- Everingham, J., Brereton, D., Arbelaez-Ruiz, D., Barnes, R., Collins, N., Weldegiorgis, F., Rogers, P. & Oñate Santibáñez, B. (2013) Social Aspects of the Closure of Century Mine. Combined Report, CSRM: Brisbane.
- Arbeláez-Ruiz, DC, Benavidez JM
(2013). Politics and institutions in mining EIS approvals. The International Association for
Impact Assessment 13th Conference, Calgary, Canada.
- Arbeláez-Ruiz, D & Weldegiorgis, F (2013) Social aspects of the closure of Century Mine: Supplement B - Survey of employees in GCA roles at Century Mine, CSRM, Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland: Brisbane, Australia.
- Kemp, D., Owen, J., Arbelaez-Ruiz, D., Cervantes, M., & Benavides Rueda, J. (2012). Listening to the city of Cajamarca. Brisbane: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland.