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Mr Dylan McFarlane

HiTech AlkCarb Project Manager


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What I do at CSM

I am the HiTech AlkCarb project manager. The 12 international partners will make a step-change in mineral exploration for critical raw materials. Rare earth elements, niobium, fluorspar and phosphate resources are commonly associated with alkaline rocks and carbonatites. There is a greater chance of carbonatites having economic resources to mien than any other rock type (there are 20 active mines in ca. 500 known carbonatite complexes).

This project will establish new geomodels and methodologies by which mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry and state-of-the-art geophysics are used to better understand prospectivity at depth. Expert Council workshops and field trips will funnel the knowledge from seven natural laboratories (Germany, Italy, Greenland, Malawi, Mongolia, Namibia, South Africa) to create new geomodels on multiple scales from a world catalogie to deposit models.


Previously with the Mining Education group, I led research on the nature of the global shortage of mining professionals, their educational needs and career planning. See here. I also worked on the INTRAW EU project to foster international raw materials ooperation and establish the International Raw Materials Observatory, and the Perak government in Malaysia to revive the tin mining industry.

My research interests include:

  • Alluvial Mining: placer gold mining, platinum, rare earths and other heavy minerals, exploration and drilling methods, mining techniques, gravity recovery methods, impacts and reclamation.
  • Sustainable Development: ideas and perceptions of sustainability, valuation of "sustainable mining", discourse analysis, environmental management, corporate social responsibility, socio-economic impacts, the anthropology of mining, indigenous people, politics of mining, mining reputation and brand image, resource nationalism.
  • Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM): prospecting methods, mining techniques, environmental impacts, social issues. 
  • Mine Waste Risk Management: Geotechnical risks of mine wastes, slope stability, surface/groundwater impacts, risk assessment, facility design and management, geochemical impacts, stakeholder engagement and risk communication, long-term/cumulative impacts, porphyry sulphide copper mines.
  • MA (Hons) Sustainable Development, 2009 (University of St. Andrews)
  • MSc Mining Engineering, 2013 (CSM - University of Exeter)
Career Affiliations
  • Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining - ProfGradIMMM
  • Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration - Professional
  • Society of Economic Geologists
  • Alaska Miners Association

McFarlane, D. (2009) 'Sustainability' Substituting 'Subsistence'?: Analysis of Sustainable Development Discourses at Pebble (Mine) in Bristol Bay, Alaska, Infomine, 2010.

Presentations & Conferences

Jeffrey, K., Hameed, A., McFarlane, D. (2014) Mining Education Pathways for Mining Countries, presented at Mineral Deposit Studies Group 37th Annual Meeting, University of Oxford, UK, 7 January 2014.

Major Fail: Lessons from the Dam Breach at Mount Polley Mine, British Columbia, presented at Camborne School of Mines Research Seminar, 22 October 2014.

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