Deputy Director - Indsutry Engagement and Community Relations
About My Work
As Deputy Director at CSRM, Deanna leads an international program of work and research focused on community relations and development practice in mining. She has an interest in drivers that lead to improved social performance and industry responses to conflict and development challenges. Deanna engages with industry, government, civil society groups and mine-affected communities through research, social performance evaluation, advisory work, and training and education. Prior to completing her PhD and joining CSRM seven years ago, Deanna held senior positions within the mining industry. She worked in corporate and operational roles within BHP Billiton. She also worked as an independent social assessor for a number of global resources companies and has collaborated with non-government organisations, including Oxfam Australia, on industry-related campaigns and capacity building programs. She has published a range of journal articles, book chapters and discussion papers on topics such as conflict, development, grievance mechanisms and community relations as a professional field of practice. She also teaches into CSRM’s Graduate Certificate in Community Relations in Natural Resources and supervises a number of emerging researchers and PhD students and currently leads ComRel, CSRM’s Community Relations Research Unit..
Areas of interest
gold, csr, social accountability, human rights, redistribution and sustainable development