Phone: Australian Mobile 0417 804 865
Papua New Guinea: (+67) 598 65281 or 723 15216
BA Hons (Anthropology) University of Adelaide
PhD (Anthropology) University of Melbourne
Dr Nick Bainton works at the interface between extractive companies, communities, civil society and government. He has over 20 years combined experience in academic and applied anthropological research and senior management leadership in the resources sector. He has conducted long-term research on the social, political and economic impacts of large-scale resource development in Papua New Guinea and the wider Pacific. He specialises in social performance, particularly community relations, resettlement, compensaion and benefits agreements, community development, and social impact monitoring and cultural heritage management.
Between 2007 and 2010 he was a research fellow at the University of Queensland in the Sustainable Minerals Institute. During this time he published a book on his earlier anthropological research on Lihir Island in PNG titled: The Lihir Destiny: Cultural Responses to Mining in Melanesia. 2010. ANU Press. Since 2010 he has held numerous positions with Newcrest Mining Limited at the Lihir gold mining operation, including Manager - Sustainable Development and Environment. More recently he was appointed Principal - Social Performance, Newcrest Mining Limited.
Nick is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, in the Centre for Social Responsibility in mining in the Sustainable Minerals Institute.
Social, political and economic impacts of large-scale resource development, mining-induced displacement and resettlement, Melanesia, culural heritage management.