Emma Richardson

Doctor of Philosophy, (Development Studies)
Study Completed: 2018
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Mining and Development: Examining the effectiveness of mining company-community development intervention in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

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Large-scale mining operations frequently locate in very remote locations near communities where there are high development demands. As part of securing a right to mine within these areas, mining companies often make commitments to promote local development. Ms Richardson examined the effectiveness of mining company initiatives in promoting meaningful forms of development within two gold mining communities in Papua New Guinea. Her research revealed how the securitisation of mine assets limits the effectiveness of corporate development projects. It also illustrates how mining company development initiatives can fuel social inequality and disadvantage within host communities. The rights-based framework developed as part of this research connects internationally recognised human rights norms to Pacific social justice values. Ms Richardson's research expands our understanding of corporate social responsibility issues within the mining sector in Papua New Guinea, and provides a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of other extractive sector development initiatives in the Pacific.

Professor Glenn Banks
Professor Regina Scheyvens