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Senior Research Manager, The University of Queensland

Throughout Karen’s 12 years of professional experience, she has worked across public policy, regional governance, corporate social responsibility and sustainable development themes in a natural resource management (NRM) context. More recently, Karen has been involved in stakeholder engagement and social impact assessment in the mining and infrastructure sectors and now works as a Research Project Manager at the University of Queensland's Centre for Social for Responsibility in Mining.

She has a keen interest in the socio-political dynamics at the interface between companies, communities and governments and in seeking ways for companies and communities to thrive in mutually beneficial and sustainable ways.

Karen’s undergraduate degree in Agricultural Science (Hons) was from the University of Queensland and her Masters in Politics and Public Policy from Macquarie University.


  • 2011–present
    Research Project Manager, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
  • 2007–2011
    Senior Consultant - Stakeholder Solutions/Social Sustainability, GHD


  • 2005 
    Macquarie University, Master of Politics and Public Policy
  • 1998 
    University of Queensland, Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • University of Queensland, Australia
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