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Dr Elizabeth Adey

Research Fellow


I am currently working at the Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter, as a Research Fellow on the Smart and Green Mining Regions of EU (REMIX project) aimed at encouraging resource efficient production of raw materials and environmentally and socially acceptable production of raw materials, including critical raw materials: https//

REMIX brings together 9 partners and 1 advisory partner from 9 countries to work on 8 policy instruments, 5of which are structural funds. These regions are at different stages in the mining cycle and have complementary resources and profiles. The project will advance innovation in their regional mining value chains, of large and small scale companies. Regions rich in mineral resources have an important strategic role in Europe. Collaboration between EC and regional policy makers is needed to develop complementary approaches, which will boost EU competitiveness and stimulate sustainable development, growth, jobs and new SME industries. 

As a social and stakeholder engagement specialist in the mining sector, I help clients develop socially responsible mining projects. I have multidisciplinary experience working on social and environmental aspects of mining projects. I have worked on a wide range of mining projects for different commodities undertaking work across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. My industry expereince has supported clients in  identifying, understanding and managing the social and environmental impacts of mining projects in accordance with International Finance Corporation Performance Standards (IFC PS’s) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

My work has included project managing Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA’s), developing social baselines and social impact assessments (SIA), writing and implementing environmental and social management plans, delivering successful stakeholder and community engagement plans, assessing the public perception of mining projects, undertaking social due diligence work and audits, developing reports on mine workers accommodation, and contributing to Competent Person’s Reports.

I have worked with a diverse range of stakeholders on international mining projects, helping clients manage social risks in addition to avoiding human rights impacts. Previously, I have also worked on a large EU funded project assessing the socio-economic and environmental impacts of mining projects across a range of European and Russian sites. I have a PG Cert in teaching in higher education and have lectured across different subject areas in addition to having a wide range of experience as a project/training facilitator. I have designed and delivered training courses on various subject areas, including courses on developing mentoring and capacity building programmes to enhance project performance. I have presented my work to a wider range of audiences, including addressing human rights considerations in line with the UN Guiding Principles, speaking recently at the Houses of Parliament on human rights impacts associated with access to water during project developments.

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Scientist. 

I have published articles on mining projects on a wide range of social focused issues in mining related journals and magazines:

Adey 2014: Rosia Montana article published in Mining Engineering:

Adey 2014: Managing human rights problems before they arise. Published in Mining journal, African Mining Network and Canadian Northern Miner.

Adey 2014: Managing expectations: managing human rights issues and the growing trend of individuals, communities and civil society movements alleging human rights violations. Published in Mining World Volume 11, Issue 5, October 2014.

Adey (2014) Social Licence to Operate – Trust before Gold. Published in Mining Journal and in High Grade

Adey and Whitbread-Abrutat (2013) Social Mine Closure Planning: How and Why is it Changing? Published in the International Mine Closure Conference Proceedings.

Adey and Bose (2012) NGOs: Partners in Development. Mining, People and the Environment.

Adey (2012) How can the Mining Sector Earn its Social License to Operate? Published in Mining, People and the Environment, July.

Adey (2012) Mining Ethic – How to Manage Social and Environmental Risk for Oil, Gas and Mining industry: the Materials World - Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining May 2012.

Adey et al., (2011). Corporate Social Responsibility within the mining industry: case studies from across Europe and Russia, presented at the conference and published in the conference proceedings: Sustainable Development in the Minerals Industry, Aachen (Germany), June 14-17 (2011).

Adey et al., (2011). Rosia Montana stakeholder conflict, presented at the conference and published in the conference proceedings: First International Seminar on Social Responsibility, Santiago (Chile), October 19-21 (2011).