Jubilee Australia

Keynote Debate: Extractive Industries: Social and Environmental Justice?

Release Date: 27-Sep-2018

Organised as part of 'Global Development Week: License to Drill - Resources, Sustainability andDevelopment' by the Globalisation & Governance Research Network, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences and co-sponsored by the Australian Human Rights Institute, Jubilee Australia, ActionAid and UNSW Institute for Global Development. 

Dr Ruth Saovana-Spriggs (Bougainville People’s Research Centre), Professor Matthew G. Allen (USP), Chris Dodd (PwC) and Adrian Bell (PanAust Limited) will close out this year's Global Development Week program with a keynote panel as they consider the implications of extractive industries on the social and environmental justice of surrounding communities. Together with their expertise, this facilitated discussion will grapple with balancing economic development, environmental issues and social impact. The panel will be Chaired by A/Professor Justine Nolan, Faculty of Law, UNSW Sydney.

The panel discussion will be followed by a formal reception celebrating the conversations over the week, which also includes an exclusive screening of our short film Bougainville: Long Han Blong Yumi. This is an event you do not want to miss!

Date and time: Thursday 11 October 2018, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm AED.

Location: Ritchie Theatre, UNSW Kensington Campus, Library Road, Kensington, NSW 2052

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Professor Matthew G. Allen is Director of Development Studies at The University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji. He is a human geographer with over twenty years experience working in the Melanesian Pacific. His diverse research interests include natural resource governance, rural development, state-society relations, and peace, conflict and development. In addition to his scholarly research, Matthew has undertaken advisory work for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, AusAID/DFAT and the Government of Solomon Islands. He previously held a number of academic appointments at The Australian National University and was an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow from 2014 to 2017. Matthew has published several books and around 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters and reports. His most recent book is Resource Extraction and Contentious States (Palgrave Macmillan, April 2018).

Chris Dodd is a Partner of Assurance, Mining and Australia’s Future Prosperity at PwC Australia and an Advisory Council Member of the Centre for Social Impact. With broad experience in the renewable energy, sporting, infrastructure, mining and mineral exploration sectors, Chris has worked both domestically in Australian and internationally (including Asia, Africa and the United Kingdom). Dr Ruth Saovana -Spriggs is from Bougainville and is an activist, academic and researcher with the Bougainville People’s Research Centre. She wrote her PhD on women, matriliny and the peace process in Bougainville. Ruth previously held an affiliation with the Australian National University and has written on women’s contributions to Bougainville’s past, present and future for Jubilee Australia.

Adrian Bell; Executive General Manager - Support Services, PanAust Limited. Adrian is responsible for overseeing PanAust's human resources, risk management, sustainability, and government and external affairs functions as well as site support services (site administration, OH&S, asset protection, environment, community and human resources) in Laos and Myanmar. Since commencing employment with PanAust in March 2006, Adrian has held a number of executive management positions, most recently as the General Manager of Human Resources and Risk Management. Adrian has more than 30 years’ experience in human resources, sustainability and risk management in the mining industry. Prior to joining PanAust, Adrian worked with BHP Billiton, Xstrata and M.I.M. Holdings Limited in Australia and South America.


Justine Nolan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Sydney and Associate Dean (Academic). Justine's research focuses on the intersection of business and human rights, in particular, corporate responsibility for human rights and modern slavery. She co-authored The International Law of Human Rights (OUP, 2017) and Business and Human Rights: From Principles to Practice(Routledge, 2016). Prior to joining UNSW in 2004, she worked as the Director of the Business and Human Rights program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First) in the USA. Justine worked closely with the United Nations on a number of business and human rights initiatives. Among her many international and national engagements, she was a member of the Australian Government's Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on Business and Human Rights (2017) and an adviser to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade & Ausaid's Human Rights Grants Scheme Expert Panel (HRGS) (2009-2013) which provided practical financial support for small community-based projects to promote and protect human rights in developing countries.