Researcher biography

Dr Franks is a Senior Research Fellow at CSRM, responsible for leading the Centre’s research projects and advisory activities focused on the interface between communities, environment and technology, and the broad thematic areas of social impact assessment & management, and cumulative impacts. 

For the past 12 years, his work has aimed to build the capacity of government, industry and community stakeholders to bring about practical change to policies, systems and processes to meet the challenges resource extraction poses to sustainable and equitable development. 

Dr Frank's has worked in most of the major mining regions in Australia and has international research and training experience (social science and geoscience) in Latin America, Cambodia, Canada, Switzerland and Brazil. He regularly contributes to training and professional development courses and guest lectures for environment, community and sustainable development subjects.