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Designing Mining Technology For Social Outcomes: Final Report of the Technology Futures Report Project

Other Contributors:

  • Tim Horberry
  • Tamar Cohen
  • Magaly Garcia-Vasquez

Published by: CSRM

The Technology Futures Project was a three-year research study to develop and trial technology assessment as part of the Minerals Futures Cluster, a collaboration between 5 Australian Universities and the Australian Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organisation’s (CSIRO) Minerals Down Under Research Flagship (MDU). The project was lead by the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre at the University of Queensland.

The project developed a Technology Assessment framework, called Social Licence in Design, to assist CSIRO and other technology developers to anticipate and respond to the social implications of new mining and mineral processing technologies. The efficacy of the framework was then demonstrated through application to three emerging mining technologies. This report summarises the main findings of the research. The report should be read in conjunction with a second final report ‘Exploring the social dimensions of autonomous and remote operation mining: Applying Social Licence in Design’.

CITATION

Franks, D.M., McNab, K, Brereton, D, Cohen, T, Weldegiorgis, F, Horberry, T, Lynas, D, Garcia-
Vasquez, M, Oñate Santibáñez, B, Barnes, R and McLellan, B. 2013. Designing Mining
Technology for Social Outcomes: Final Report of the Technology Futures Project. Prepared
for CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship, Minerals Futures Cluster Collaboration, by the
Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining & the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre,
Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland. Brisbane.