This workshop will bring together key and interested participants from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, including researchers from CSIRO and the University of Queensland to scope the development of new concepts and tools for dynamic evaluation of Social License to Operate under uncertainty.

The main aim of the workshop is to examine and explore the key challenges in developing a valuation framework for social license, which necessitates the confluence of qualitative and quantitative research concepts.

Given that Social License to Operate issues are relevant across many industrial sectors such as minerals, energy, manufacturing, and water management, there is a critical need to establish and foster networks, through workshops such as this, that will provide a platform for combining the social science thinking with industry perspectives and the concepts of quantitative risk analysis, real options and sequential decisions under uncertainty to ultimately support enhancing decision making approaches for complex and wicked problems.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Christine Charles¬† Social licence: an industry perspective
  • Andreas Monch Exploring some of the key challenges in getting support for social valuation in the minerals and mining industry
  • Professor David Brereton (SMI/UQ) Growing importance of social licence to operate in the minerals industry
  • Dr Kieren Moffat (CSIRO), The paths to social licence to operate: an integrative model explaining community acceptance of mining
  • Professor Witold Henisz (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Valuing, building and maintaining cooperation with stakeholder: insight from media content coding
  • Dr Ross Sparks (CSIRO), Examples of modelling and monitoring social value or behaviour
  • Dr Tanya Tarnopolskaya (CSIRO), Real options: valuing flexibility in mining projects under uncertainty
  • Dr Pavel Shevchenko (CSIRO), Combining expert opinion and data: experience from operational risk

The expected outcomes include identification of critical research gaps, potential research agendas for PhD students and Post Doctoral Fellows, ideas for a small number of topical papers and the development of a draft Social License to Operate valuation roadmap,

The two-day workshop will be held on 11 and 12 June 2015 at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland.

Day 1 will run from 10am to 5pm and comprise presentations by the above speakers and discussion of critical research gaps. Day 2 will run from 9am to 3pm and comprise interactive group work to elicit potential research ideas and agendas and the development of the draft roadmap.
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