Prof. Craig Styan

Craig is a (marine) environmental scientist based in UniSA STEM, at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes Campus. Craig’s research is focussed on the monitoring and managing the environmental impacts of energy and resources developments, but he also has an interest in the social/governance aspects of development and community/industry interactions (i.e.  “Social Licence to Operate”). Prior to joining UniSA in 2020, Craig was based in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London (UCL), where he remains an adjunct Reader. Before that, Craig worked for about five years in industry in Western Australia, designing and running large scale environmental monitoring programs for port developments such as the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects. Previously, Craig was a lecturer and taught marine ecology and statistics at Deakin University and before that was a U2000 Fellow at the University of Sydney (where he also taught marine ecology and experimental design/statistics). He also held an Australian Research Council funded post-doctoral research position at the University of Melbourne and while finishing his PhD worked as a senior fisheries biologist at the South Australian Research and Development Institute. 

Craig’s UniSA Homepage Hazel Vandeleur

Based in the Futures Industries Institute at Mawson Lakes, Hazel specialises in the impacts of industry on marine and coastal environments. Current projects focus on the legacy contamination of sediments stemming from industry in the Upper Spencer Gulf. Hazel has worked in academic, Government and private consultancy sectors as an environmental scientist for the past 17 years, across the UK, Europe,China, New Zealand and Australia. As an environmental professional, she has experience  assessing impacts upon marine and coastal systems around the world with a specialism in contaminated sediments and their impacts on marine systems. Hazel sat on the Scientific Working Group for Marine Parks for the South Australian Environment Minister for 6 years (2008-2014), and on the SA Marine Parks Council (2008-2011), and is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (C.Env.P.).

Hazel’s UniSA Homepage

MSc Students (University College London) – 2020 research projects

Hamish Low –  How close is deep sea mining?

Ruofan Zhao –  Social media use by Energy & Resources companies in Canada

Manfang Chen  Social media use by Energy & Resources companies listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange

Diana Dai  Social media use by Energy & Resources companies in Japan

Adrian Luan  Social media use by Energy & Resources companies listed on the London stock exchange

Li ShenSocial media use by Energy & Resources companies listed on the Shanghai stock exchange

Huijie Zhang  Social media use by Energy & Resources companies in India

Yue Li  Social media use by Energy & Resources companies in South Korea

Caidan Duojie  Social media use by Energy & Resources companies in Africa

Honours Students

Nasrin Jamion

Nasrin is a student at the University of South Australia currently completing her degree in Bachelor of Science (Honours). She graduated in 2018 with a degree in Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science which interested her in furthering her knowledge in analytical sciences. Her Honours project involves using XRF spectrometry to analyse metal contamination in marine sediments.

Previous Group Members


  • Dr Laura Falkenberg – Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

PhD Students

  • Dr Mariya Koleva – Postdoctoral Researcher at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (US)
  • Dr Holly Niner – Research & Knowledge Exchange Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Plymouth
  • Dr Antony Lockyer – Field Environmental Adviser, Electranet (Adelaide, Sth Australia)

MSc. Students

  • Listya Mustafida (2013) Salt Profile Study of Coal Seam Gas Water Irrigation Project Area for Meeting Sustainability of Land and Water in Roma, Queensland
  • Suijin Lee (2013/14) Inter- and intra-country differences in website communications with stakeholders
  • Adranik Petrosyan (2014) Technical and social-political issues related to hydro-fracking the in US, Australia and the UK: factors affection public perception.
  • Mohamad Adnam (2015) Measuring the effectiveness of public participation in Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Emma Haddon (2016) Marine Renewable Energy Devices: A systematic review and comparison of environmental research published within academic scientific journals and industry reports
  •  Suzanne Mathan (2017) Do employees at different levels within  the energy and resources sector understand what it takes to obtain and maintain a SLO? A Q methodology approach
  • Zhu Xuejin (2017) Post closure planning at Kanmantoo Copper Mine: the opportunities for tourism
  • Alexandra Mitchell (2017) The effectiveness of a community consultative committee in dealing with environmental perceptions in a post-mine closure scenario: a case study from the Angas Zinc Mine, South Australia
  • Samuel Mante (2018) What are the opportunities and limitations that internet-based communications present for mining companies seeking a Social Licence to Operate
  • Bohan Li (2019) – Metal accumulation in mangroves near a lead and zinc smelter at port Pirie
  • Yingjie Chen (2019) – An inventory of metal contamination in Australia ports