Dr Lulit Habte Ekubatsion

Senior Research officer

Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre
Sustainable Minerals Institute


Lulit holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Addis Ababa Institute of Science and Technology, Ethiopia. She had enriched her teaching experience at the Addis Ababa Institute of Technology, instructing courses such as hydrology, hydraulics, water treatment, urban drainage, wastewater treatment, and environmental engineering. She further advances her study to Master of Science in Water Supply and Environmental Engineering at the same University. Lulit then moved to South Korea in 2018 to start her PhD at the University of Science and Technology. She obtained her PhD in Resources Recycling in 2021 and started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Minerals (KIGAM) in South Korea. During her postdoctoral researcher position, Lulit has worked on the enrichment and recovery of rare earth elements from coal by-products using mineral processing, flotation and carbon mineralization. Lulit joined the SMI in 2024. She has been working on multidisciplinary which will enable her to address the circular economy solution in mining sector (i.e. ore-sands).

Research Impacts

Lulit stands as an expertise in waste management, mineral processing, climate change mitigation, and circular economy within the mining sector. With a comprehensive understanding of the intricate dynamics at play in these domains, Lulit brings invaluable insights to the table, navigating the complex intersections where environmental sustainability, resource utilization, and industrial practices converge. Through diligent research, innovative strategies, and a commitment to holistic solutions, Lulit endeavors to address the pressing challenges facing the mining industry, striving for a balance between economic development and environmental stewardship.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Science & Technology Daejeon
  • Masters (Research), Addis Ababa University
  • Bachelor, Addis Ababa University