Allie Mitchell and Craig have just published a paper on community consultation in the journal The Extractive Industries and Society. The paper is based on work Allie did for her MSc project in UCL’s MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources in 2017.

Based on a series of interviews Allie did in South Australia, the paper describes how members of a mine’s community consultative committee felt about the role of the committee and how the local zinc mine interacted with them. Some of the main themes to come through were that committee members thought there was an important role for them as a connection between the mine and the community, and also the importance of educating the community (and helping them to understand the language of mining). Interestingly, although the committee was set up by the local regulatory authority (and they have an ongoing role with the mine and the committee), the regulators were barely mentioned in interviews. Although based on a fairly small sample, representing just one small (closed) mine in South Australia, this is the first published study to have formally asked members of consultative groups what they thought of the experience and whether they thought there were any lessons to be learnt.