MIT Conference on Mining, Environment, and Society

September 7–9, 2022 10:00AM – 1:30PM ET DAILY (VIRTUAL)

The urgent need to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate climate change is leading to a global transition from conventional to renewable sources of energy. This implies a reduction of extraction of coal and oil, but an increase in the mining of metals like lithium, copper, cobalt, and nickel, which also results in social and environmental impacts. This conference will examine the nature of these conflicting challenges and what stakeholders can do to address them. The event is one of a series led by MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative to examine the environmental and social considerations of specific industries. MIT’s objective in organizing the conference is to convene diverse stakeholders from academia, industry, government, and environmental and community organizations to expand knowledge of key topics and explore opportunities to collaborate for solutions, both during and after the conference. For more information, please contact: esi-mine@mit.edu.

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Agenda

Wednesday Sep 7, 2022

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Keynote: Governance and economics of the clean energy transition

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Panel 1: Innovation for a circular mining economy

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Panel 2: Critical minerals and sustainability

Thursday Sep 8, 2022

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Keynote: Standards and regulations: Are they enough?

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Panel 3: Decarbonization and climate change adaptation

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Panel 4: Mining impacts on land, water, and atmosphere

Friday Sep 9, 2022

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Keynote: Local socio-environmental impacts

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Panel 5: Artisanal and small-scale mining

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Panel 6: Community relations and mining

Speakers Confirmed To Date
  • Saleem Ali, University of Delaware
  • Antoine Allanore, MIT
  • Anthony Bebbington, Ford Foundation
  • Natascha Nunes da Cunha, Inter-American Development Bank
  • Rohitesh Dhawan, International Council on Mining and Metals
  • Jocelyn Fraser, University of British Columbia
  • Gavin Hilson, University of Surrey
  • Cassie Hoffman, Conservation X
  • Lydia Jennings, University of Arizona
  • Willy Kracht, Chilean Ministry of Mining
  • Daniel Litvin, ERM group
  • Deanna Kemp, University of Queensland Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
  • Kareemah Mohamed, Accenture
  • Scott Odell, MIT
  • Elsa Olivetti, MIT
  • Rachel Perks, World Bank
  • Noelle Selin, MIT
  • Scott Sellwood, Oxfam
Speakers: Full Bios
Saleem Ali
Saleem Ali

University of Delaware

Antoine Allanore
Antoine Allanore

MIT

Anthony Bebbington
Anthony Bebbington

Ford Foundation

Natascha Nunes da Cunha
Natascha Nunes da Cunha

Inter-American Development Bank

Rohitesh Dhawan
Rohitesh Dhawan

International Council on Mining and Metals

Jocelyn Fraser

University of British Columbia

An instructor and research associate, Dr. Jocelyn Fraser focuses on social risk and social responsibility in the international mining sector. She is particularly interested in investigating ways in which mining companies can collaborate with communities to develop a business strategy with parallel goals: improving operational performance while delivering tangible social benefits that advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Currently, Jocelyn leads a working group on stakeholder engagement for the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM), and sits on the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) Communities of Interest Panel representing the international development perspective. She is a member of the International Association of Public Participation, the Shared Value Initiative, and the American Academy of Management. Her professional experience includes more than 15 years working with extractive companies to enhance stakeholder engagement, create value and earn social permission for local, national, and international projects.

Gavin Hilson
Gavin Hilson

University of Surrey

Cassie Hoffman

Conservation X

Cassie Hoffman is the global development and innovation lead at Conservation X Labs, seeking and implementing innovation applications and opportunities in the field and internationally. She directs the USAID-financed Accelerating Innovation for Artisanal and Small-Scale (ASM) Mining Operations in the Amazon Program, a two-year (2020-2022) innovation project to identify, pilot, test, and scale-up solutions to make ASM more environmentally responsible and socially equitable. Additionally, she leads the Conservation Futures toolkit project, an initiative to develop an open university curriculum aiming to prepare students to develop trailblazing solutions to the extinction crisis. She is a social scientist with expertise in market mechanisms for conservation, community development, and social marketing and behavior change.

Lydia Jennings

University of Arizona

Lydia (she/her), a citizen of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, earned her Bachelors of Science from California State University, Monterey Bay in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy. Lydia now resides in Tucson, Arizona where she completed her Ph.D. at the University of Arizona in the Department of Environmental Sciences, with a minor in American Indian Policy. Her research interests are in soil health, environmental remediation, and mining policy. Lydia is a 2014 University of Arizona NIEHS Superfund Program trainee, a 2015 recipient of National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, a 2019 American Geophysical Union “Voices for Science” Fellow, and a 2020 Native Nations Institute Indigenous Data Sovereignty Doctoral Scholar. Lydia is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Community, Environment and Policy at the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and is a Data Science Fellow.

Willy Kracht
Willy Kracht

Chilean Ministry of Mining

Daniel Litvin
Daniel Litvin

ERM group

Deanna Kemp

University of Queensland Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

Professor Deanna Kemp is a leading international expert focused on the social and political challenges of the global mining industry. Deanna specializes 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 organized, resourced and incentivized to respond to these pressing challenges.

Kareemah Mohamed

Accenture

Scott Odell

MIT

Scott is a Postdoctoral Associate in Mining, Environment, and Society in MIT’s Environmental Solutions Initiative and a Professional Lecturer in George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He has a PhD in Geography from Clark University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA) from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. His research focuses on climate change, extractive industries, community relations, and development, especially in Latin America.

Elsa Olivetti
Elsa Olivetti

MIT

Rachel Perks
Rachel Perks

World Bank

Noelle Selin
Noelle Selin

MIT

Scott Sellwood
Scott Sellwood

Oxfam

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