Paul is a human geographer with over 20 years’ experience in academia and the private sector working in the areas of sustainable development and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). His background includes academic teaching and applied research, financial services advisory on Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) performance and risk, and doctoral research on the impacts of large natural resource development projects in Indonesia.
Currently, Paul works at The University of Queensland International Development unit where he manages capacity building projects in the Indonesia and Southeast Asia region funded by bilateral and multilateral development agencies and other donors. Prior to this Paul was at Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM) in the Sustainable Minerals Institute at The University of Queensland leading projects on socially responsible development in the mining industry. He has worked on numerous large consultancies and research projects focused on sustainable development in the extractive industries for a range of government, industry, international donor and civil society clients. These include the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, International Council on Mining and Metals, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Vale Minerals, Rio Tinto and the United Nations Development Programme.
Paul has considerable experience designing and conducting socio-economic impact assessments of mining projects in Australia, the Pacific and Southeast Asia. Most recently he led the socio-economic component of an integrated SEIA in Mandalay Region in Myanmar for the United Nations Development Programme (2017-2018).
Paul has an honours degree from the University of Washington in the United States and a PhD from the School of Geography and Environmental Science at Monash University in Australia.