Daniel Franks

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Daniel Franks "is a research fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility of Mining (CSRM). Daniel has a background and qualifications in social science, earth sciences, and environmental policy and his research interests lie across the sustainability of the extractive resource industries.

"Daniel has held positions in industry, government, and the university sectors. Within industry he worked as an Operations Manager and Geoscientist for a geoscience consulting firm (working with clients such as BHP Billiton and Newmont) and has consulted and researched independently on topics such as the social and environmental impacts of mining, community engagement, tailings and waste management, and greenhouse gas policy. For government he has worked as a Senior Social Scientist within the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water where he led a team of social scientists and economists to provide research, advice and expertise in social and economic assessment for natural resource management programs (including stakeholder analysis, community surveys, and regional profiling) and the use of economic instruments within environmental policy (e.g. trading schemes, offsets, conservation tenders, and metrics).

"Daniel has field experience (social science and geoscience) at mining operations in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia, as well as in Chile, Bolivia and Brazil. He holds a PhD from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of Queensland." [1]


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  1. Daniel Franks, Centre for Social Responsibility of Mining, accessed September 17, 2008.