Dr Craig Styan

Dr Craig Styan is Acting Head of Department at UCL Australia, a department within the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London. Based in Adelaide, 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 aspects of development and teaches a course on “Social Licence to Operate” . Prior to joining UCL, Craig worked in industry in Western Australia, designing and running large scale environmental monitoring programs for port developments such as the Gorgon and Wheatstone LNG projects. Before that, Craig taught marine ecology and statistics at the University of Sydney and then Deakin University. He has also held post-doctoral research positions at the University of Melbourne and the South Australian Research and Development Institute

Craig’s UCL Profile

Dr Hazel Vandeleur

Dr Vandeleur has worked in academic, Government and private consultancy sectors as an environmental scientist for the past 15 years, across Australia, the UK, Europe, China and New Zealand.  Within her roles as an Environmental Consultant, Hazel has had extensive experience of coordinating, managing and writing/compiling Environmental Impact Assessments including the provision of specialist marine and coastal dredging technical input and the management of contracts/sub-contracts relating to these works. Dr Vandeleur 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), is a Certified Environmental Practitioner (C.Env.P.) and currently sits on the Northern and Yorke Natural Resource Management Board

Hazel’s UCL Profile


Holly Niner

Holly’s research interests lie in the effective and robust governance of the marine environment, where decisions are required to balance the competing priorities of resource use. These interests have been fostered through a number of years working in marine conservation and environmental management within governmental organisations, NGOs and industry after completing an MSci in Oceanography completed at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. Through this varied experience Holly has gained a working insight into the challenges of the effective and pragmatic integration of scientific evidence into governance frameworks. This has led to the focus of her PhD which is on the influence of biodiversity offsetting on development consent processes in the marine environment. She is based in Adelaide within the Energy, resources and the marine environment research group and supervised jointly by Dr. Craig Styan (School of Energy and Resources, Australia) and Dr. Peter Jones (Department of Geography).


Antony Lockyer

Antony’s research is framed around the improvement of environmental monitoring programs for offshore and coastal developments. Of particular interest are: statistical optimisation of sampling design, the analysis of large datasets and identifying anthropogenic impacts in naturally highly variable systems. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program Antony worked as a marine consultant in the United Kingdom, conducting environmental assessments. During this time he worked on numerous projects in both the private and public sector from the tendering process through to the completion of full environmental reports inclusive of detailed univariate and multivariate statistical analysis. Antony holds an MSc in Environmental Consultancy and a BSc in Ocean Science, both  completed at the University of Plymouth.

Masha Koleva

Mariya Koleva

Masha is researching better ways of designing water treatment processing systems such as desalination, based in Chemical Engineering at UCL in London. As part of her work she is developing a model that is able to recommend the most economic path of treating various sources of water to meet different fit-for-purpose standards, using mixed integer non-linear programming to optimise flowsheets. Her principal PhD supervisor is Professor Lazaros Papageorgiou in Chemical Engineering and Mariya spent ~18 months of her PhD in Australia; Craig is her subsidiary supervisor. Mariya has a MEng in Chemical with Biochemical Engineering at UCL in London, as well as a BEng degree in Industrial Engineering at the Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Xuejin Zhu

Closing is a very important part of the life cycle of any mine. While in the past focus has often been on filling in pits and re-vegetating areas,  operators are increasingly also looking for other options when mines close, especially those which may provide ongoing benefits for surrounding communities.  For Jin’s MSc project, she will work with a local mining company to investigate the potential for tourism associated with their mine when it closes and associated with historic mining activities in the Adelaide hills. Prior to enrolling in UCL’s MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources, Jin studied tourism management but has also has undertaken environmental studies related to global natural resource management, with a focus on China. Subsequently, she has worked as an intern for the local tourist administration’s division of planning regulation department in Wuhan and assisted in the assessment of Rural Leisure Tourism Development Plans for scenic spots in districts of Wuhan City, and has studied and researched in a range of projects in the environmental space and city development. Jin holds a  bachelor of Arts in Management  from the Central China Normal University.

Alexandra Mitchell

Community consultative commitees are increasingly a feature of mining operations, but their role in facilitating dialog between mine operators and surrounding communities is still being defined. Focussing on a recently closed mining operation in an Adelaide Hills community, Allie’s MSc project will follow up on experienced impacts from the mine and how the community consultative commitee affected the relationship between the mine operator and surrounding residents. Allie graduated last year from Camborne School of Mines with a 1st class degree in Engineering Geology and Geotechnics. During her time there she established a student chapter linked to the charity Geology for Global Development, the focus of which is to gain an understanding of how our knowledge of the earth can assist in facing development problems around the globe. Through this as well as several modules and a project on artisanal gold mining in the Peruvian Amazon, she became interested in the social impacts related to the extractive industries. She went on to gain practical experience in social licensing by working with a mining consultancy company, completing stakeholder engagement documents, questionnaires and a background study for a mine project in Kyrgyzstan. On completion of her MSc in Global Management of Natural Resources Allie hopes to enter the mining industry and pursue a career in social licensing

Previous Lab Members


Dr Laura Falkenberg (2014-16)

Post-doctoral Fellow @ Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA).

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
Christopher Bartley (2014) Can we measure the Social Licence to Operate?   
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