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Professor Anna Littleboy
Anna is a Professorial Research Fellow in Minerals and Society for the 21st Century at the Sustainable Minerals Institute. An experienced research manager, she has led multidisciplinary initiatives linking social, environmental and technical performance for the minerals industry. Her career spans more than thirty years in Europe and Australia. She is currently Research Director for the $100 million Cooperative Research Centre for Transformations in Mining Economies, which she helped to developed and was previously Research Director for CSIROs Resources and Sustainability Research Programme.

Originally a geochemist, Anna’s early career was spent in the lab and on site managing field programmes to characterise environmental risks from reactive contaminant transport. This catalysed an interest in understanding the role that technology and values play in decision making around industrial operations, regional impact and sustainability outcomes
Anna has worked on influential initiatives at the interface where science informs policy for a globally connected world. She has managed large collaborative programmes for Federal and State Governments, Industry and global think-tanks. Anna is a Fellow of the Minerals Institute, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Global Agenda Council on Responsible Minerals Development. She currently sits on the advisory board for METS Ignited and is a recipient of a CSIRO medal for Business Excellence.


  • 2012–present
    Theme Leader, Australian mineral futures, CSIRO
  • 2011–2012
    Research Director, Futures, CSIRO
  • 2007–2011
    Deputy Director, Minerals Down Under Flagship, CSIRO


  • 2004 
    University College, London, UK, Master of Philosophy
  • 1999 
    Cranfield University School of Management, UK, Diploma in Management
  • 1986 
    University of Reading, UK , Bachelor of Science (Honours)