Dr. Daniel Franks is Deputy Director–Strategy and Mineral Policy at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM). His research interests lie across the sustainability of the extractive resource industries with a particular focus on the social and environmental change associated with mining and energy developments.
With Rachel Davis, Managing Director of the non-profit business and human rights organization, Shift, Daniel co-authored a major study on the Costs of Company–Community Conflict in the Extractive Sector. The study was published by the Harvard Kennedy School and uncovered the true scale of the costs companies incur when they come into conflict with local communities.
Daniel serves as Co-Chair for Social Impact Assessment at the International Association for Impact Assessment and is a member of the Good Governance of Extractive and Land Resources Thematic Group of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He has field experience at more than 40 mining and energy sites internationally and has authored publications on topics such as mining policy, resource governance, social impact assessment, cumulative impacts and company–community relations. He has regularly taught at the Mining Business School, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile; and has been a visiting lecturer at the Vale Columbia Centre for Sustainable International Investment at Columbia University, New York, and the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia.