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Dr. Isabel Buitrago-Franco

Position: PAst RHD Student
Location: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
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Biography

 

Isabel Buitrago-Franco is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) and the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM) at the University of Queensland. Her PhD topic “Planning for Sustainable Livelihoods in Resource Regions: Governance for Community Capacity-building”is aimed to increase our understanding of the processes of multi-stakeholder collaboration governance dynamics for human capital capacity-building as integral parts of the ´sustainable livelihood framework´ in resource regions of developing countries. The research focuses on the apparent contradiction between skilled labour shortages in the minerals industry and a lack of employment opportunities for the local population in mining regions in Latin America. A situation that at the present scenario is not only causing productivity losses in the industry, on account of delays and extra wages for imported labour, but is also fostering discontent and tensions in the regions concerned. The thesis is based on a qualitative research technique for data analysis and case study research methodology.

Isabel began to work at CSRM as a scholar after finishing her postgraduate studies of Governance and Public Policy at the University of Queensland. Isabel also holds a Bachelor of Public Management and Political Sciences (Hons), Bachelor of Education and Languages (Hons) from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and a Master of Education Management from Universidad de Barcelona. Isabel is proficient in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Isabel has worked as a researcher on the subjects of social planning, sustainability, CSR, governance, human capital in the extractive industry, human rights, public policy and education. She has published in her discipline area and has a longterm commitment to scholarship in the areas of multi-stakeholder collaboration, governance, community capacity-building and planning and public policy. Isabel also worked for the public sector in Latin America for almost six years. Her last position was as a consultant for the British Council and the Ministry of Education of Colombia.

Research Interests: 

Sustainable livelihoods, community capacity-building, governance, CSR, social sustainability, women in mining, human capital development in the extractive industry, social planning in resource regions.

Publications 

Peer reviewed Journal and Conference Papers

Buitrago, I & Robertson, S. (2014, July). Mine life cycle planning - Creating Lasting Value for Communities. Presented at the Conference Life of mine 2014, Brisbane. Peer reviewed paper.

Buitrago, I & Chatterji, T (2014). Planning for Social Sustainability in Mining Regions. International Journal of Rural Law and Policy (in press).

Buitrago, I & Chatterji, T (2013). Planning for Mining Regions: Building Local Government's  Capacity in a Multi-stakeholder Scenario, ISOCARP Congress 2013: Frontiers of Planning 2013: Brisbane, Australia. 1-4 October. Peer Reviewed Paper.

Buitrago, I (2013). Mining, Capacity-building and Social License: Making the Links, World Mining Congress 2013. Montreal Canada. 11-15 August. Peer Reviewed Paper.

Conference Abstracts

Buitrago, I. (2013). Mining and Sustainable Livelihoods: Governance for Community capacity-building, Sustainable Minerals Institute: RHD Conference. Brisbane, Australia 21 November.

Buitrago., I & Chatterji, T. (2013). Planning for Social Sustainability in Mining Regions, Interdisciplinary Conefrence on Sustainable Mining, University of New England. Armidale, Australia. 13-15 October.

Buitrago, I (2011). Towards a Social License: Community Capacity-building in Mining Regions, Sustainable Minerals Institute: RHD Conference. Brisbane, Australia. 21-22 November, 2011.

Grants/Awards

Action Research Grant, International Mining for Development Centre. Project: The Global-local Interface: Governance Dynamics for Sustainable Human Capital Capacity-building in Colombian Mining Regions (2012-2013)

Action Research Grant, International Mining for Development Centre. Project: Artisanal Mining: Challenges and Opportunities for the large-scale Mining Industry (2013-2014). 

The University of Queensland International Scholarship (UQI) (2011-2014)

RHD International Conference Award, Sustainable Minerals Institute (August, 2013)

Summer Research Scholarship UQ (2010-2011)

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM). Research Support Grant (2013)

School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management (GPEM). Travel Grant (2012-2013)

 

Projects at CSRM