Scholarship for a Newcrest-funded PhD project in social performance in the Australian and international mining industry


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Agriculture and Environment, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Law
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Top-up Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,092 per annum tax-free (2020 RTP rate), indexed annually. Top-up stipend of $10,000 per year.
Scholarship duration Three years with the possibility of two 6-month extensions in approved circumstances
Opening date 8 July 2020
Closing date 9 August 2020


About the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

The Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at The University of Queensland (UQ) focuses on the social, cultural, economic and political challenges that occur when change is brought about by mineral resource extraction. The Centre contributes to industry change through independent research, teaching and by convening and participating in multi-stakeholder dialogue processes. Our team consists of geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, economists, development and natural resource specialists.

Further information about CSRM can be found at here.

CSRM has a longstanding relationship with Newcrest Mining Limited.  Newcrest is an Australian-based mining company, which engages in exploration, development and mining of copper and gold. They own and run a number of operations both in Australia and around the world, including:  Cadia Valley Operations (NSW); Telfer Mine (WA); Lihir Mine (Papua New Guinea); Gosowong (Indonesia); and Red Chris, Canada. 

The Project:  CSRM is seeking a high-quality applicant eager to undertake a multi-disciplinary PhD on the topic of social performance in the mining industry. This PhD research focuses on a range of factors surrounding the development and scope of the social performance function in the mining sector. The aim of the research will be to identify practices and approaches that promote improved social outcomes in the context of large-scale mining. The successful candidate will be invited to conduct research in one of the following areas: innovations and applications of social impact assessment; models of regional economic development; mine closure and post-mining land uses; automation and the advent of new technologies; and social performance as a professional domain; agreements between companies and communities; resettlement; social and ecological aspects of the demand for minerals and metals to support transitions away from fossil fuels; ethics and extraction.

The student appointed under this scholarship will join a group of students sponsored under the Newcrest – UQ Alliance in Sustainable Mining.  This alliance was formed as a UQ-Industry PhD Partnership (UQIPP) with the intention of conducting mining-related research projects of strategic interest to Newcrest and to develop the next generation of leaders for the mining industry.

Students are expected to finish within a maximum of four years from commencement, which can occur from September 2020.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To be considered for this scholarship, please email the following documents to Attn: Professor Deanna Kemp via

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Academic transcript/s

Please note the following: Submitting the above documents does not constitute a full application for admission into The University of Queensland's PhD program. If you are selected as the preferred applicant, you will then be invited to submit a full application for admission. You can familiarise yourself with the documents required for this process on the Future Student's website.

Selection criteria

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of human geography, political science or sociology (or related discipline), and the potential for scholastic success. A background or keen interest in sustainability knowledge and concepts in mining is highly desirable.

Applicants must note that applying to this position does not guarantee admission to UQ in the HDR program. The applicant who is selected to participate will be invited to apply to the UQ Graduate School for admission to UQ. Participation in the project and award of a scholarship is conditional on the applicant receiving an offer of admission from UQ Graduate School. The SMI Research Higher Degree Office will guide the successful application through the admission application process.

Applications are closed.


Associate Professor Nicholas Bainton
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Terms and conditions

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A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.