Dr Sandy Worden

Research Fellow/Senior Research off

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Sustainable Minerals Institute


Sandy is a social researcher and communication management specialist. Her research interests are centred on subnational governance of industrial development – mining, oil and gas extraction, power generation (including renewables) and ancillary infrastructure such as pipelines and transmission lines. She is interested in the interface between governance actors (Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, proponents and governments) at local, regional and state/provincial levels and how they seek to enhance the benefits from industrial development and avoid or mitigate its adverse impacts.

Much of her research has been focused on the social risks associated with mine project development, mine closure and the transition of mining regions to post-mining alternatives.

Sandy has extensive experience working across the mineral resources sector – on site, in a corporate environment, in government, consulting, not-for-profit and research. She brings practical industry knowledge to her applied research projects and enjoys working in interdisciplinary teams.

Sandy joined CSRM in 2019 after completing her PhD at the centre. Her doctoral research examined how coal mining project teams in Australia construct and assess social risk.

Research Interests

  • Subnational governance of industrial development
  • Indigenous governance of industrial development
  • The social risks and social impacts of mining
  • Social aspects of mine closure and post-mining transition


  • Member, International Sociological Association, International Sociological Association
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Research), Queensland University of Technology
  • Bachelor, University of New England Australia


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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