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Social Media use in the Energy & Resources Sectors

Last week Craig presented a paper on ‘Social Media Use in the Australian Energy and Resources Sectors’ at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association meeting in Adelaide, which is the main annual meeting for the O&G industry in Australia.

Building on work that past students have done in Craig’s Social Licensing course, the paper documented […]

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Congratulations Masha

We didn’t note it at the time, but Mariya Koleva handed up and defended her PhD thesis earlier in the year.  Masha’s latest paper integrating water processing with environmental considerations is now out at Science of the Total Environment, with a author’s open access version available for 50 days at this link.

Well done!

 

 

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Holly’s Latest Paper on Deep Sea Biodiversity Offsetting

Open Access Paper at Frontiers in Marine Science – available here

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ERME Lab now based at UniSA – Mawson Lakes Campus

We’ve moved, geographically at least.  While still part of Engineering at University College London, the ERME Lab is now located in the Future Industries Institute at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus.  Following the closure of UCL Australia as a stand alone campus at the end of last year, along with the other UCL Australia staff and […]

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Embedding Research into Teaching

One of CAS’s areas of teaching at UCL is in the relatively new area of ‘Social Licence to Operate’.  CAS’s MSc module Social Licensing (SERAG018)  is essentially about community engagement for the extractives industry, covering a range of aspects on how industry and their stakeholders actually do/can/should interact – from the theory about what a […]

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Hola de Santiago

Craig is (very briefly) in Santiago this week to present a paper on Social Licensing at the 4th International Conference on Social Responsibility in Mining. Based on work from Chris Bartley’s MSc thesis from a few years ago, we argue that social survey data might better be presented to engineers and finance types using Multidimensional […]

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Media Attention for Holly’s Research

A nice summary of some of Holly’s research on Biodiversity Offsetting in the media:  https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2017/10/17/bait-and-switch-scientists-question-use-of-offsets-in-ocean-projects 

 

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New paper published: Optimisation approaches for the synthesis of water treatment plants

Masha’s paper in Computers and Chemical Engineering has finally appeared, after a long time being ‘in press’.

In the paper Masha has used a mixed integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) model approach to look at optimising complex processes such as water purification. In this case, pretty complex problems required complex solutions and Masha actually used  partially linearised […]

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New Paper: Realising a vision of no net loss through marine biodiversity offsetting in Australia

Our latest paper to be published in Ocean & Coastal Management reviews current marine biodiversity offsetting practice in Australia. Our review shows that biodiversity offsetting is being used to regulate the environmental impacts of development projects located in marine areas. We found that the application of key principles for biodiversity offsetting success (no net loss […]

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New paper in Nature Geoscience

Holly has just co-authored a short correspondence on Biodiversity Loss from Deep-Sea Mining in Nature Geosciences.  Based on an assessment of the four tiers of mitigation hierarchy (biodiversity loss should be avoided, minimized, remediated and — as a last resort — offset) the paper argues that mining with no net loss of biodiversity in the deep […]

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MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources

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New research published: Sensitivity of oyster reproduction to antifouling compounds

Ex-post-doc Laura, Craig, Antony and colleagues from Sweden have just published a paper Low sensitivity of reproductive life-stages in the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) to abamectin in the journal Chemosphere. The paper is pretty much what’s in the title – using a range of ecotoxicology assays, including our new method for assessing sperm motility, we […]

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New paper: A global snapshot of marine biodiversity offsetting policy

A global snapshot of marine biodiversity offsetting policy  is the first paper from Holly Niner’s PhD and  has just appeared in Marine Policy. Abstract pasted below and a free pdf can be downloaded for fifty days, after which an authors’ copy will be available from the UCL research publication service.

Well done Holly!

Abstract:  Biodiversity offsetting is used […]

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New MSc Students

This month we say hello to two new MSc students from London, Xuejin Zhu and Alexandra Mitchell, both in Australia to do their research projects as part of the MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources.  Both will be working on Social Licensing projects in conjunction with local mining operators in the Adelaide Hills and […]

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CAS appointed as Acting Head of UCL Australia

With our current Head of Department, Prof Magnus Nyden, leaving soon for a position in industry, Craig will be acting head of department at UCL Australia until the end of the year.  We wish Magnus all the best in his new position as Chief Scientist at AksoNobel and thank him for all of his efforts […]

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