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Mining and Sustainable Development

Current Issues, 1st Edition

Edited by Sumit. K. Lodhia


274 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Mining is a transformative activity which has numerous economic, social and environmental impacts. These impacts can be both positive and adverse, enhancing as well as disrupting economies, ecosystems and communities. The extractive industries have been criticised heavily for their adverse impacts and involvement in significant social and environmental scandals. More recently, these industries have sought to respond to negative perceptions and have embraced the core principles of sustainability. This sector could be regarded as a leader in sustainability initiatives, evident from the various developments and frameworks in mining and sustainability that have emerged over time.

This book reviews current topical issues in mining and sustainable development. It addresses the changing role of minerals in society, the social acceptance of mining, due diligence in the mining industry, critical and contemporary debates such as mining and indigenous peoples and transit worker accommodation, corporate sustainability matters such as sustainability reporting and taxation, and sustainability solutions through an emphasis on renewable energy and shared-used infrastructure. Written by experts from Australia, Europe and North America, but including examples from both developed and developing countries, the chapters provide a contemporary understanding of sustainability opportunities and challenges in the mining industry. The book will be of interest to practitioners, government and civil society as well as scholars and students with interests in mining and sustainable development.


"With contributions from prolific authors in the field this book addresses a diverse set of sustainability issues in the global mining industry from multi-disciplinary perspectives. It is a must for researchers, practitioners and students with sustainability interests in mining. The book discusses current opportunities and challenges to sustainable development in mining." - Professor Stefan Schaltegger, Centre for Sustainability Management, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Mining and Sustainable Development

Sumit Lodhia

Part I Importance of Sustainability in Mining

Chapter 2 The Changing Role of Minerals in Society: Managing a Shift in Paradigms

Saleem H. Ali

Chapter 3 Understanding the social acceptance of mining

Kieren Moffat, Justine Lacey, Naomi Boughen, Simone Carr-Cornish and Michelle Rodriguez

Part II Due Diligence

Chapter 4 Environmental Impact Assessment and the quest for sustainable mining

Alan Bond and Angus Morrison-Saunders

Chapter 5 Using social impact assessment to achieve better outcomes for communities and mining companies

Susan Joyce, Rauno Sairinen and Frank Vanclay

Chapter 6 Due Diligence in the Mining Sector: An Expanding Concept

Kendyl Salcito and Mark Wielga

Chapter 7 Financing Human Rights Due Diligence in Mining Projects

Motoko Aizawa, Daniela C. dos Santos and Sara Seck

Part III Contemporary Sustainability Challenges

Chapter 8 Mining, Development and Indigenous Peoples

Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh

Chapter 9 Transit Worker Accommodation in Remote Australian Mining Communities: Push and Pull Factors

Fiona Haslam McKenzie and Guy Singleton

Part IV Corporate Sustainability Approaches

Chapter 10 Sustainability reporting in the Mining Industry: Current Status and Future Research Directions

Sumit Lodhia

Chapter 11 Mining Taxation in Mineral-rich Developing Countries: Past Mistakes and Future Challenges

Pietro Guj

Part V Sustainability Solutions

Chapter 12 Emissions and the Role of Renewables: Drivers, Potential, Projects and Projections

Benjamin C. McLellan, Yosoon Choi, Syed Ali Ghoreishi-Madiseh and Ferri P. Hassani

Chapter 13 Implementing shared-use of mining infrastructure to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Perrine Toledano and Nicolas Maennling

About the Editor

Sumit K. Lodhia is an Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Sustainability Governance, in the School of Commerce, University of South Australia.

About the Series

Routledge Studies of the Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to the extractive industries and sustainable development, integrating perspectives from both social and natural sciences. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development