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Mr Dylan McFarlane



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I am an associate of the Camborne School of Mines, having completed the MSc Mining Engeeering program in 2013, and working on education and research programs from 2013-2017. My background is in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM), having been a prospector and miner myself in Alaska and consulting internationaly, and also in the development of more responsible mining practices for sustainable communities.

At CSM, I worked with the Mining Education group and 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.

During 2016-2017, I was project manager of the HiTech AlkCarb research project, a European Union's Horizon 2020 funded programme to develop new geomodels and sustaianble exploration methods for alkaline igneous rocks and carbonatites. Led by Frances Wall, the project is developing new geomodels to target technology metal deposits down to 1km depth, and improving he geophysical techniques and exploration strategies. Partners include industry, geological surveys, universities across the UK and Europe, and the Natural History Museum.

I am also a part-time PhD student at CSM studying the social license to operate, and work with the NGO Pact to support the livelihoods of the many millions of men and women operating in artisanal mining.

Research Interests
  • 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, AlaskaInfomine, 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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