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Lynda Lawson


Training and Knowledge Transfer Manager

Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland




Lynda Lawson is Manager (Training and Knowledge Transfer) at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland. She is an applied linguist and behavioral scientist with extensive experience designing and delivering training programs for industry and government. A growing area of her expertise is in the assessment of the training needs of government and civil society staff involved in resource extraction and the design of programs to meet those training needs.


She has designed, developed, and facilitated complex long and short training courses in Europe, Australia, Asia Pacific, Africa and Chile. Her work includes management of large training projects, design of a diagnostic tool, conduct of a training audit, reporting and planning of 3 year training schedule 2014 (Papua New Guinea), and African training courses such as Managing Social and Environmental Impacts of Mining (7 weeks Australia /Ghana), Managing Corporate Community Relations in Mining (5 weeks programs: Australia/Ghana), Community Aspects of Resource Development (4 weeks Australia) and Developing Local SME suppliers for Mining Oil and Gas (Ghana).


She has conducted workshops and evaluation of training in the UK, France, Papua New Guinea, Malawi, Tanzania, Madagascar, Ethiopia and Mozambique and scoping visits to the Ivory Coast, Kenya and Togo. She is committed to an engaging and dynamic pedagogy that facilitates South to South knowledge transfer and is based on experiential learning.


She speaks fluent French and she has a particular interest in mining and development in Madagascar and Francophone Africa. Her specific research area is in artisanal mining, the mining of gemstones in Africa, women miners and poverty alleviation.

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