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Mr Robert Pell



Current Research & Academic Interests

My current research topic covers ‘Responsible sourcing of rare earth elements’, I am part of the SoS Rare cohort, working with Prof Frances Wall (University of Exeter) as my primary supervisor, and Dr Xiaoyu Yan (University of Exeter) and Dr Kathryn Goodenough (British Geological Society) as my secondary supervisors for the project.

Previous Experience

Previously I worked as Assistant Editor at International Mining, a globally distribution magazine covering technical innovations and project case studies for the mining industry. I completed in-depth articles on a range of topics including;

  • Critical Materials
  • Explosives
  • Fleet Management
  • Software
  • Comminution
  • Sampling and Analysis

I also visited a range of mines including;

  • Kovdorskiy GOK magnetite-apatite mine in the far northwest of Russia
  • East Canton coal mine in Ohio, USA to witness highwall mining
  • Usolskiy potash mine, located in the Perm territory of Russia
  • Hambach opencast lignite mine, in Düren, Germany
  • Winsford rock salt mine, located in Cheshire, UK

I also attended a number of exhibitions such as CIM in Toronto, SME in Denver and a customer conference in San Francisco.

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham in 2012, where I studied Geology and Geography. My dissertation covered the topic of flow dynamics, highlighting variations in computer simulations from measured data in the field.