A/Prof Kathryn Sturman

Kathryn Sturman


Principal Research Fellow


Sustainable Minerals Institute, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

Areas of research & interest:

  • Batteries & storage
  • Carbon offsets & markets
  • Climate change
  • Communities & society
  • Critical minerals & resources
  • Economics & business
  • Emissions reduction
  • Energy & fuels
  • First Peoples
  • International relations
  • Policy & regulation
  • Social issues
  • Sustainability


  • Battery & energy storage
  • Carbon & environmental markets
  • Communities in transition
  • Emissions reduction & sequestration
  • Energy & infrastructure
  • First Nations
  • Green investment
  • Industry & business solutions
  • Policy & regulation

Research Institution:


Associate Professor Kathryn Sturman's research focus is on the political dynamics shaping the extractive industries globally, particularly in resource-rich developing countries of Africa and South East Asia. In 2017 she led a research project on assessing potential interoperability of mineral sustainability standards, with case studies of transparency and conflict minerals initiatives in Africa's Great Lakes region, and the implementation of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. Multi-stakeholder governance for greater transparency across the mining life cycle is a further topic under investigation, as well as comparative analysis of the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Australia and Asia Pacific. Previous research for CSRM includes a project on the impact of extractive industries on political settlements and conflict in East Africa (2015/16); and comparative lessons in local food procurement by mining companies in Mozambique and Tanzania (2014). Kathryn holds a PhD in international relations from Macquarie University. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Political Studies (awarded cum laude) from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining CSRM as a Senior Research Fellow in 2012, Kathryn was program head of the Governance of Africa’s Resources Program at the South African Institute of International Affairs. She conducted research and policy development in the minerals, oil and gas, and logging sectors in a number of African countries. She has conducted research on various aspects of African politics, in particular the African Union, since working as a senior researcher for the Institute for Security Studies, 2001-2004. Kathryn was a speechwriter and researcher in the Parliament of South Africa from 1997-2001.