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 encompass multi-actor, multi-level governance of mineral resources and the navigation of knowledge boundaries. Much of her work has been focused on the social risks associated with mine project development, mine closure and the transition of mining regions to post-mining alternatives. A current program of research is centred on First Nations’ governance of mineral resources.

Industry engagement

Through her research projects, Sandy works with a range of resources companies and peak industry bodies, including Anglo American, BHP, MMG, OceanaGold, OZ Minerals, Peabody, Newmont, Rio Tinto, Queensland Resources Council, Minerals Council of Australia and the International Council on Mining and Metals.

Before her academic career, Sandy worked in the mineral resources sector for a not-for-profit organisation, a consultancy and mining companies (corporate and site-based roles).


Sandy’s research projects involve collaboration with other SMI centres, industry partners, and First Nations peoples and their representative organisations. She is particularly interested in collaborations that span disciplines and knowledge types.

Research Interests

  • Multi-actor, multi-level mineral resources governance
  • First Nations' governance of mineral resources
  • 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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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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