Chair in Sustainable Resource Development, The University of Queensland

My research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts, particularly concerning the extractive industries and how ecological factors can promote peace. I have degrees in the natural sciences (B.Sc. in Chemistry from Tufts and M.E.S from Yale) and a doctorate from MIT in environmental planning. My most recent book co-authored with Lawrence Susskind is titled "Environmental Diplomacy: Negotiating More Effective Global Agreements" (Oxford University Press, 2014). Earlier books include "Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future" (Yale University Press, 2010) and "Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts" (University of Arizona Press, 2009).


  • –present
    Director, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and Affiliate Professor of Politics and International Studies, University of Queensland


  • 2000 
    MIT, Ph.D.


Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2011); National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2010)