University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
My Interest in Business Ethics
Academic - PhD Student ; Private Sector - Consultant
Areas of Interest
Accountability ; Development ; Economic - Environmental ; Economic - Social ; Education ; Indigenous People ; Resource Extraction ; Sustainability
Me in Brief
I work with communities affected by the extractive industries, in particular by mining. I am particularly interested in the negotiation and implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements, as a tool for increasing corporate and community engagement. I am also interested in structures of accountability, such as monitoring committees, ombudsmen roles, complaints mechanisms, among others.
I work on social and cultural impact assessment, most recently delivering a one-day course on cultural impact assessment to members of the International Association for Impact Assessment. I am interested in expanding our current understandings of culture so that business and community approaches to understanding, managing and mitigation change from major development projects will be more responsive and adaptive.
I work for a range of aboriginal communities as a policy advisor on lands and environment issues, particularly on mineral policy and negotiation and implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements. I am currently drafting a manual for communities on the negotiation and implementation of Impact and Benefit Agreements, in collaboration with Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh, Griffith University.
Recent Research/Teaching Tools Developed: - Course materials for Mining 101: A course to instruct on the lifecycle and implications of large scale mines - Course materials for Cultural Impact Assessment for major development projects - Book on negotiation training for communities and mining companies for major development projects (Spanish)