Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Griffith University, Brisbane. He has previously held positions at the University of Papua New Guinea, the Australian National University and Queens University, Ontario. He has published numerous articles and books in the fields of public policy, policy evaluation and policy implementation, resource economics and resources policy, negotiation, impact assessment and indigenous studies. For over 20 years he has worked with indigenous organizations in Australia and Canada on social impact assessments and on negotiation of agreements with resource development companies, and has acted as an adviser or negotiator for many of Australia’s leading Aboriginal organizations, including the Cape York, Northern, Central, Yamatji and Kimberley Land Councils. He is currently managing indigenous impact assessments being conducted in relation to gas development in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and advising the Autonomous Bougainville Government on options in relation to the possible reopening of the Bougainville copper mine.