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Mohan Yellishetty

Co-Founder, Critical Minerals Consortium, and Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Monash University

Mohan Yellishetty, an Associate Professor at Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering, boasts extensive research and academic expertise spanning nearly three decades across esteemed institutions such as Monash University, CSIRO, Yale University, and IIT Bombay.

Recognized as a leading authority in Sustainable Mineral Resources and Global Thought Leader, A/Prof Yellishetty’s research interests encompass diverse areas including Critical Minerals, Mine Rehabilitation and Closure, and Mine Tailings and Waste within the framework of the Resources Trinity. His significant contributions extend to the application of sustainability frameworks and tools in the mining industry, industrial ecology, life cycle thinking, substance flow, and material flow analysis, alongside the assessment of critical and strategic mineral supply chains. Notably, his research group’s pioneering work includes the development of the world’s first agent-based dynamic criticality model and the establishment of an Australian-first geospatial database encompassing all known active and inactive hard rock mine sites nationwide.

A/Prof Yellishetty co-founded the Critical Minerals Consortium at Monash University; Founded the Australia-India Critical Minerals Research Hub; and Convenor at Critical Minerals National Industry Group, Australia-India Chamber of Commerce.

A/Prof Yellishetty’s efforts have contributed significantly to fostering robust relationships and knowledge exchange through the facilitation of numerous bilateral and multilateral workshops and symposiums within the Indo-Pacific region (i.e. Australia-India; Australia-Japan; Australia-Korea; and Australia-India-Japan-Korea-UK).

A/Prof Yellishetty’s research has garnered significant public, media and policy attention, with coverage in reputable platforms such as The Conversation (1, 2, and 3), Australian Geography, illumine, Quarry Magazine (1 and 2), Australian Resource and Investment and Australian Mining. Furthermore, my insights have been sought by major media channels including Al Jazeera English, ABC News (1 and 2), The Grand Challengers Podcast Episode #17, What Happens Next? (Episode 72 and 73), LENS (1 and 2) and ABC Radio, while my op-eds have been featured in various publications, showcasing my global thought leadership.


  • 2013–present
    Senior lecturer, Monash University


  • 2014 
    Monash University, Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
  • 2010 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 2002 
    IIT Bombay, M Tech (Environmental Engineering)
  • 2001 
    Hyderabad University , Postgraduate Diploma in Environnemental Education & Management
  • 1998 
    Annamalai University, Diploma in Industrial Safety Engineering
  • 1996 
    Kothagudem School of Mines, BE (Mining Engineering)

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Mining Professors
  • Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy
  • Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

Research Areas

  • Mining Engineering (091405)
  • Environmental Engineering (0907)


Australian Endeavour Fellow and MAusIMM (CP)