Professor Deanna Kemp

Professorial Research Fellow and Ce

Sustainable Minerals Institute
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Deanna is a leading international expert focused on the social and political challenges of the global mining industry. She specialises in industry-engaged social science that bridges company and community perspectives on extractive industries. Particular areas of interest include company-community conflict, displacement and resettlement, and human rights and development challenges. Deanna is also interested in how the global mining industry is organised, resourced and incentivised to respond to these pressing challenges.

After commencing her research career with UQ in 2006 as a Senior Research Fellow with CSRM, in 2012 she became Associate Professor and CSRM’s Deputy Director, and then in 2016 Professor and Director of the Centre. Deanna has made significant contributions to positioning CSRM as a world-leading centre of research excellence. In her current role, Deanna develops and delivers high-profile research, leads diverse project teams, and oversees more than 30 staff and students.

Deanna serves on the Board of Trustees for the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), the New Member Review Panel for the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), and was recently appointed a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership. She is a member of the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA), the International Network of Displacement and Resettlement (INDR) and the Society for Applied Anthropological Association (SfAA).

Industry Engagement

Deanna engages with most of the world’s major mining companies, and many of its peak industry bodies, including the International Council of Mining and Metals (ICMM). She also engages with international finance institutions and other norm-setting bodies. She has collaborated with international non-government organisations—including Oxfam and Human Rights Watch—on industry-related studies. Before her academic career, Deanna held senior positions in the mining industry, working in corporate and operational roles at BHP, and as an advisor to a number of other global resources companies, including Newmont Mining.


At The University of Queensland, Deanna has collegial relationships with the School of Social Science, including the Institute of Social Sciences Research (ISSR). She also has a range of international collaborative projects, including with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Nottingham University through the Mining, Resettlement and Livelihoods: Research and Practice Consortium. See: She has in the past collaborated with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on joint research.


  • Master of Science, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Business, Queensland University of Technology
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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Book Chapter

  • Oberle, Bruno, Bateman, Paul and Kemp, Deanna (2020). Establishing an Independent Entity. In B. Oberle, D. Brereton and A. Mihaylova (Ed.), Towards Zero Harm: A Compendium of Papers Prepared for the Global Tailings Review (pp. 239-248) London, United Kingdom: Global Tailings Review.

  • Kemp, Deanna (2020). Lessons for Mining from International Disaster Research. In B. Oberle, D. Brereton and A. Mihaylova (Ed.), Towards Zero Harm: A Compendium of Papers Prepared for the Global Tailings Review (pp. 37-46) London, United Kingdom: Global Tailings Review.

  • Joyce, Susan and Kemp, Deanna (2020). Social performance and safe tailings management: a critical connection. In B. Oberle, D. Brereton and A. Mihaylova (Ed.), Towards zero harm: a compendium of papers prepared for the Global Tailings review (pp. 26-36) London, United Kingdom: Global Tailings Review.

  • Owen, John R. and Kemp, Deanna (2018). Protecting against impoverishment risks in the mining industry. Challenging the prevailing paradigm of displacement and resettlement. (pp. 57-74) edited by Michael M. Cernea and Julie K. Maldonado. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315163062-3

  • Kemp, Deanna, Owen, John R. and Harris, Jill (2018). Social incident investigation in mining: thinking outside the fence. Extracting innovations: mining, energy, and technological change in the digital age. (pp. 275-286) edited by Martin J. Clifford, Robert K. Perrons, Saleem H. Ali and Tim A. Grice. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Kemp, Deanna, Owen, John and Dejvongsa, Vimala (2015). Operational intent and development impact in mining. Development-oriented corporate social responsibility. Volume 1, Multinational corporations and the global context. (pp. 49-61) edited by Dima Jamali, Charlotte Karam and Michael Blowfield. Sheffield, Unied Kingdom: Greenleaf Publishing. doi: 10.4324/9781351285568

  • Kemp, Deanna and Owen, John (2015). Social Science and the Mining Sector: Contemporary Roles and Dilemmas for Engagement. Making a difference? : social assessment policy and praxis and its emergence in China. (pp. 60-83) edited by Susanna Price and Kathryn May Robinson. New York, NY United States: Berghahn Books.

  • Kemp, Deanna and Owen, John (2015). The reality of remedy in mining and community relations: an anonymous case-study from Southeast Asia. Business and human rights in South East Asia: risk and the regulatory turn. (pp. 239-258) edited by Mahdev Mohan and Cynthia Morel. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Kemp, Deanna and Owen, John R. (2014). The reality of remedy in mining and community relations: An anonymous case-study from Southeast Asia. Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia: Risk and the Regulatory Turn. (pp. 239-257) Taylor and Francis.

  • Evans, Robin and Kemp, Deanna (2011). Community issues. SME Mining engineering handbook. (pp. 1767-1777) Littleton, CO, United States: Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration.

  • Kemp, Deanna (2011). Understanding organizational context. New directions in social impact assessment: Conceptual and methodological advances. (pp. 20-37) edited by Frank Vanclay and Ana Maria Esteves. Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar.

  • Gibson, Ginger and Kemp, Deanna (2008). Corporate engagement with Indigenous women in the minerals industry: Making space for theory. Earth Matters: Indigenous peoples, the extractives industries and corporate social responsibility. (pp. 104-122) edited by Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh and Saleem Ali. Sheffield, U.K.: Greenleaf Publishing. doi: 10.4324/9781351279680-7

  • Barclay, Mary Anne, Pattenden, Cath, Brereton, David, Beach, Ruth, Drinkwater, Diana, Kemp Deanna, Parmenter, Joni and Phillpot, Sokar (2007). Female mining engineering and minerals processing students: career drivers, expectations and perceptions. Unearthing new resources: attracting and retaining women in the Australian minerals industry. (pp. 65-109) Forrest, ACT: Minerals Council of Australia.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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