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Guidance for assessing and managing social impacts


Registrations NOW OPEN - Community Research Methods for the Resources Sector
22 July 2014
Brisbane, Australia, Oceania
Registration now open! 8-11 September 2014, CSRM will be conducting a four day Masterclass on Community Research Methods for the Resources Sector. Designed as a core component of the UQ/MCA Diploma and Masters Program in Community Relations (Resources Sector)
CSRM is making the intensive session available to external participants who are not currently enrolled in the postgraduate program as a professional development opportunity. Participants will hear of recent developments in researching and understanding community issues associated with resource developments from leading researchers and industry experts.

Who is this Masterclass for?

The Masterclass is primarily designed for community relations practitioners, in industry, government and civil society, working in both minesite and corporate environments, who have responsibility for or who are involved in processes of researching community issues, and evaluating and monitoring the social impacts of mining developments. It is part of a University-level program, and applicants should therefore have a University qualification or an appropriate level of experience. The Masterclass will also benefit personnel in the resources industry, government, consulting groups, and regional authorities with an involvement or interest in researching, evaluating and monitoring community issues and impacts of resource development.


This is a practically-based intensive Masterclass which combines classroom teaching, peer group discussions and interactive learning exercises. Participants who complete the course will:

  • Gain an understanding of key concepts in social research;
  • Appreciate the range of research methods available and their suitability to a range of contexts;
  • Develop an appreciation of the use of research methods in processes including formal Social Impact
  • Assessments and Baseline Assessments of communities impacted by resource developments;
  • Gain practical experience in designing research instruments and analysing data;
  • Be introduced to the fundamentals of monitoring and evaluation of social mitigations and investments;
  • Learn basic skills in interpreting and critiquing research reports in this area.

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