Upcoming Knowledge Gaps Report to Identify Challenges in the Extractives Industry
PhD Research Assistant and cluster member Claire Woodside recently drafted a report on knowledge gaps for the Ethics of Resource Extraction Cluster. The report sought to identify challenges within the industry, and outlined 12 themes in need of support.
The initiative began with CBERN's 2010 Annual Conference panel, “Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics and Economic Development: Defining a Canadian Research Agenda”. The panel featured presentations by Jean Vavrek from the Canadian Institute for Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), and Jim Cooney, former Vice President, International Government Affairs for Placer Dome. The aim of the panel was to identify knowledge gaps in the field from an industry perspective, and potential ways to transfer, mobilize or generate knowledge to address these gaps.
Claire’s research found that there are difficulties concerning engagement between Canadian mining companies and local communities, and she continues to work on added research for the report.
Claire is now drafting questions for online engagement to develop a potential research through the Ethics of Resource Extraction Research Cluster section on CBERN’s blog with the help of Communications Coordinator, Lyndsie Bourgon, to invite wider comment in the summer of 2011.