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Professorial Research Fellow, The University of Queensland

John’s research interests span involuntary land acquisition and resettlement, livelihoods and food security, community-based conflict, and the role of corporate and organisational culture on social performance and mining impacts.

Professor Owen’s current program of research is concerned with building a foundational knowledge base on resettlement and livelihood displacement in the mining and resource sectors. John is active in promoting the development and use of social data technologies as a means for improving due diligence processes surrounding mining and mine-related activities.

John Owen is a Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at UQ’s Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI).

John is an editorial board member for Resources Policy, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management and The Extractives Industries and Society. He is also a member of the Society of Business Ethics, the Project Management Institute, and the International Association for Business and Society.


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    Professorial Research Fellow, The University of Queensland