Dr. Daniel Franks is Deputy Director – Strategy and Mineral Policy at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM), The University of Queensland, Australia. Daniel serves as Co-Chair for Social Impact Assessment at the International Association for Impact Assessment, has field experience at more than 40 mining and energy sites internationally and has authored more than 70 publications.

Originally trained as a geologist, Daniel began his career as a field geoscientist in Brazil and Australia and then retrained in political and social sciences. A highlight of Daniel’s work has been his role in policy reform. In the state of Queensland, Australia, Daniel has assisted the Queensland Government in the design and implementation of the Sustainable Resource Communities Policy and processes for social impact assessment. In Cambodia, he was part of a team delivering long-term training on sustainability in mining to the Cambodian General Department of Mineral Resources. In Sierra Leone, Daniel has worked with the Environmental Protection Agency and the United Nations Environment Program to support mined land rehabilitation and mine closure processes.

Daniel contributes to undergraduate, post-graduate, and professional development training in Australia and internationally. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Mining Business School, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile where he has regularly taught into the Master of Mining Management since 2011; and was a visiting lecturer at the Vale Columbia Centre for Sustainable International Investment at Columbia University. Daniel holds a PhD from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from The University of Queensland and has field experience in Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Peru, Mexico, Sierra Leone and Switzerland.