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Dr Jonathan Bennett

Honorary Research Fellow

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The pressure upon the world's energy resources means that coal, despite its negative image as a source of greenhouse gases, will be needed for decades to come.  In fact, global coal consumption rose by more than 50% between 2002 and 2012 and it remains the major fuel for electricity generation. Thus, reality dictates that any work to improve the environmental impacts of coal extraction is of great importance.

The Camborne School of Mines (founded 1888), now based at the Combined Universities in Cornwall campus at Tremough, near Penryn, works with consortia funded by the European Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS) to investigate the technical and economic viability of a range of technologies that have the potential to reduce the carbon footprint of coal mining activities while exploiting energy-related opportunities.

Our partners include mining companies, other universities and coal-related research institutions around the European Union.

Academic qualifications
  • B Eng Hons 1st Class Mineral Surveying & Resource Management, Camborne School of Mines
  • PhD Earth Resources, Camborne School of Mines
  • Diplôme, French Studies, Université de Bordeaux
Professional qualifications
  • Associateship & Master of the Camborne School of Mines  ACSM / MCSM
Professional body membership 
  • Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining FIMMM
  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Occupational Safety & Health GradIOSH
  • Associate of the Chartered Quality Institute ACQI
  • Associate of the Chartered Institute of Linguists ACIL
  • Associate of the Higher Education Authority AHEA
Professional history

    Following a lengthy management career in another sector and experience in various other spheres of work, Jon came to mining in 2000 and has gained subsequent experience in safety management, company liaison, small scale mining and energy in mining.

    Research

    Current interests in electrical power demand management and resilience in coal mining; ventilation and pumping efficiency; energy generation from ventilation air methane; coal mine methane separation and exploitation.
    Continuing interest in improving health & safety management in the minerals industry, working with the HSE and UK quarrying sector.

    Relevant publications

    • Bennett J G & Foster P J (2005); Predicting Progress: the Use of Leading Indicators in Occupational Safety and Health; Policy and Practice in Health and Safety; Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; 3 (2) pp 77-90
    • Bennett J G & Foster P J (2007); Developing an Industry-specific approach to a Safety Management System; Policy and Practice in Health and Safety; Institution of Occupational Safety and Health; 5 (1) pp 37-59
    • Foster P J, Parand A & Bennett J (2007); Behavioural Safety & Performance Indicators: Research Based Approaches undertaken in the UK Quarrying Industry; Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference of Safety in Mines Research Institutes, Beijing, China; September; pp 191-200; Beijing: National Centre for International Exchange & Co-operation on Work Safety.
    • Bennett J G, Kennedy G A, Foster P J, Williams N C, Cluff D L, Clifford T P (2013); Low Carbon Coal Mining - A Contradiction or an Opportunity?; Proceedings of the 23rd World Mining Congress, Montreal, Canada; ISBN 978-1-926872-15-5
    • Cluff D L, Kennedy G A, Bennett J G, Foster P J (2014); The Vamturburner© – Capturing energy from ventilation air methane; Applied Thermal Engineering; accepted for publication.

    Significant Recent Presentations

     

    • Improving Standards of Health and Safety Management in the UK Quarrying Sector: Leading Indicators; Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee; Health and Safety Executive, Rose Court, London, UK; 09.03.06.
    • Improving Health and Safety Performance: Research into Leading Indicators and Management Systems in the Minerals Industry; Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3), South-West Branch; Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall, UK; 15.02.07 (Relayed to other Branches by video-conference).
    • Improving Health and Safety Performance: Research into Leading Indicators and Management Systems in the Minerals Industry; 46th Annual Conference of the Ussher Society; Tregenna Castle Hotel, St Ives, Cornwall, UK; 04.01.08
    • Education and Training for Small Scale Mining – Capacity building;    9th Annual Conference of the ‘Communities & Small Scale Mining’ initiative; Maputo, Mozambique; 09.09.09
    • Small Scale Mining; Presidential Lecture to the Cornish Institute of Engineers; Camborne School of Mines, Cornwall, UK; 14.10.10
    • Low Carbon Mine Site Energy Initiatives; Technical Committee of the EU Research Fund for Coal & Steel; Velenje, Slovenia 10.05.12; Yorkshire UK 15.05.13; Petrosani, Romania 13.05.14
    • Low Carbon Coal Mining - A Contradiction or an Opportunity?; 23rd World Mining Congress - 'Energy in Mining' stream; Montreal, Canada; 14.08.13