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Mr Keiran Doyle



Areas of Research:

My research will assess the safety and sustainable development associated with the low impact mining of small high grade deposits, using mine sites in the West Balkans as a proxy for study. The main aim of this project will be to establish the suitability of a new mining method referred to as 'switch-on, switch-off' using Integrated Modular Plant and Containerised Tools (IMP@CT). The overall intention is to provide an innovative new approach to low-grade mining projects for small mining companies, thereby vastly improving sustainability in the metal and mineral mining industry.

By working closely with Mineco Ltd., who operate in the West Balkans, the viability of this new method will be tested at an active Lead-Cerussite mine in Bosnia, assessing health and safety on site and collaborating with mining experts to enhance the existing method for best practice, to optimise the process for future operations.

This project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


Main supervisor: Professor Patrick Foster (University of Exeter)

Co-Supervisor: Dr Kathryn Moore (University of Exeter)

Past Education:

2013-2017: University of Leicester, MGeol Applied and Environmental Geology, Second Class Hons. (Upper Division)

  • MGeol Thesis: Ore mineral assemblages and relation to Au grade at Cripple Creek Epithermal Au deposit, Colorado.

Professional Memberships:

Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS)

Specialist areas:

  • Geochemistry
  • Igneous Petrology
  • Mining and Mineralogical Studies
  • Environmental and Social Sustainability
  • Health and Safety in Mining