Associate Professor Nick Bainton

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
Sustainable Minerals Institute

Overview

I am an anthropologist who specialises in the social aspects of large-scale resource extraction. My work has a broad focus on the Pacific, and Papua New Guinea in particular.

My research career spans academic and applied research at the interface between extractive companies, communities, civil society and government. My work is guided by a political and theoretical concern with the inequalities inherent to extractive capitalism.

I publish widely on the social, political, economic, and cultural impacts of extraction. My current research is focussed on the complexities and contradictions contained in the energy-extractives nexus: how will energy transition metals be supplied in ways that do not undermine the goal of a just and fair transition to clean energy-systems?

Research Interests

  • Anthropology of mining and extractives
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Mining company-community benefit sharing agreements
  • Cultural heritage management
  • Just transition to low-carbon future

Qualifications

  • B Arts (Honours), The University of Adelaide
  • PhD, University of Melbourne

Publications

  • Bainton, Nicholas, Kemp, Deanna, Lèbre, Eleonore, Owen, John R. and Marston, Greg (2021). The energy‐extractives nexus and the just transition. Sustainable Development sd.2163. doi: 10.1002/sd.2163

  • Bainton, Nicholas (2021). Menacing the mine: double asymmetry and mutual incomprehension in Lihir. Unequal lives: gender, race and class in the Western Pacific. (pp. 401-438) Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv1h45mj4.18

  • Bainton, Nick, McDougall, Debra, Alexeyeff, Kalissa and Cox, John (2021). Preface: Scholar, teacher, mentor, friend: essays in honour of Martha Macintyre. Unequal lives: gender, race and class in the Western Pacific. (pp. vii-x) edited by Bainton, Nick, McDougall, Debra, Alexeyeff, Kalissa and Cox, John. Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv1h45mj4.3

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Bainton, Nicholas (2021). Menacing the mine: double asymmetry and mutual incomprehension in Lihir. Unequal lives: gender, race and class in the Western Pacific. (pp. 401-438) Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv1h45mj4.18

  • Bainton, Nick, McDougall, Debra, Alexeyeff, Kalissa and Cox, John (2021). Preface: Scholar, teacher, mentor, friend: essays in honour of Martha Macintyre. Unequal lives: gender, race and class in the Western Pacific. (pp. vii-x) edited by Bainton, Nick, McDougall, Debra, Alexeyeff, Kalissa and Cox, John. Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv1h45mj4.3

  • Bainton, Nicholas and McDougall, Debra (2021). Unequal Lives in the Western Pacific. Unequal lives: gender, race and class in the Western Pacific. (pp. 1-46) edited by Nicholas Bainton, Debra McDougall, Kalissa Alexeyeff and John Cox. Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.2307/j.ctv1h45mj4.5

  • Bainton, Nicholas (2020). Mining and Indigenous Peoples. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology. (pp. 1-35) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190854584.013.121

  • Bainton, Nicholas A. (2017). Migrants, labourers and landowners at the Lihir Gold Mine. Large-scale mines and local-level politics : between New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. (pp. 313-351) edited by Colin Filer and Pierre-Yves Le Meur. Canberra, ACT, Australia: ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/LMLP.10.2017.11

  • Bainton, N.A. and Macintyre, M. (2016). Mortuary ritual and mining riches in Island Melanesia. Mortuary dialogues: death ritual and the reproduction of moral community in pacific modernities. (pp. 110-132) edited by David Lipset and Eric K. Silverman. New York, NY, United States: Berghahn.

  • Bainton, N. A. (2015). The Lihir language in modern social and historical context. Grammar of the Lihir Language of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea. (pp. xiii-xxiv) edited by Karl Neuhaus. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: Institute of Papua New Guinea Studies.

  • Bainton, Nicholas A. and Macintyre, Martha (2013). "My land, my work": business development and large-scale mining in Papua New Guinea. Engaging with capitalism: cases from oceania. (pp. 139-165) edited by Fiona McCormack and Kate Barclay. Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald. doi: 10.1108/S0190-1281(2013)0000033008

  • Bainton, Nicholas A. (2011). Are You Viable? Personal avarice, collective antagonism and grassroots development in Melanesia. Managing modernity in the Western Pacific. (pp. 231-259) edited by Mary Patterson and Martha Macintyre. St Lucia, QLD, Australia: University of Queensland Press.

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Conference Publication

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor