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Miss Kathy Hicks

Research Fellow


Research Role:

I am a Research Fellow on the Mining Regions of the EU (MIREU) project at Camborne School of Mines. The project will establish a network of mining and metallurgy regions across Europe with a view to ensure the sustained and sustainable supply of minerals to the EU. MIREU seeks to fulfil European targets and support EU level policy change towards more sustainable raw materials value chains in terms of social acceptance, environmental soundness and economic viability. The network will allow regions to share knowledge and experiences and will develop models and toolkits to help tackle the challenges of establishing and maintaining an extractive industry.


Professional Background:

I am a mining geologist and geo-environmental scientist with over fourteen years' consultancy experience on mineral projects in the UK and overseas. I have undertaken a range of assessments on proposed and operational mine sites worldwide including Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia and managed integrated Environmental and Social Impact Assessments and Feasibility Studies. In the UK I specialise in land degradation issues relating to the legacy of mineral extraction and wastes, as well as advising on regulatory and sustainability issues for land and mineral development projects.


Qualifications & Professional Associations:

BSc (Hons) Geology

MSc Mining Geology MCSM

Chartered Environmentalist

Chartered Engineer

Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Fellow of the Geologial Society of London


Research Interests:

  • Mine wastes - impacts and secondary resource opportunities.
  • Natural resource management - minimising environmental impacts throughout the mining lifecycle, with a focus on SMART principles. 
  • Mineral development support - including policy and permitting reform; resource safeguarding; site constraints and infrastructure siting studies; and fatal flaw analyses.