Dr Vigya Sharma

Vigya Sharma


Senior Research Fellow


Sustainable Minerals Institute

Areas of research & interest:

  • Behaviour change
  • Communities & society
  • Critical minerals & resources
  • Education
  • Environment
  • First Peoples
  • International relations
  • Policy & regulation
  • Social issues
  • Sustainability
  • Technology & innovation
  • Workforce & training


  • Agriculture & environment
  • Communities in transition
  • First Nations
  • Industry & business solutions
  • Nature based solutions
  • Policy & regulation
  • Technology solutions

Research Institution:


Dr Vigya Sharma has several years of experience in applied research across domestic and international mining and energy sectors. Specifically, her interests are in understanding how the presence (or absence) of resources impacts development outcomes in host communities and regions. In her current role, she is leading the Centre’s work on fossil fuel transitions, particularly looking at the social, political and economic impacts of coal phase-out in India, China, and Australia. Prior to joining UQ, she was based at the Energy and Poverty Research Group (EPRG), an interdisciplinary pan-UQ initiative established to support positive social, environmental and health outcomes vital for sustainable and productive livelihoods in energy-impoverished communities globally. Vigya led this group's engagement and research in India, a priority country for both UQ and the EPRG.