Professor Saleem Ali is the Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (CSRM). Since starting at CSRM in 2012, Professor Ali has committed to expanding the work of CSRM to cover pressing development challenges in extractive economies in partnership with industry and international aid agencies. As an environmental planner, his research and practice is highly interdisciplinary and aims to inform social management with rigorous science.
As part of the Sustainable Minerals Institute's NextMine initiative, Professor Ali leads the UQ Rare Earths Minerals Consortium—a research effort that brings together international academics, industry practitioners and policy makers to consider ways of applying industrial ecology principles to supply of rare earth minerals worldwide. He is also working with the Australian Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism on the evaluation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. In 2013-2014, Prof. Ali will lead research into Mining & Traditional Livelihoods in Mongolia using a Gender-Sensitive Socio-ecological systems approach, using funds from the from Ausaid Advanced Development Research Awards Scheme (ADR.AS), and will oversee a project funded by the World Bank to investigate Fiscal and non-fiscal contributions of Mining to the Madagascar Economy. His current industrial engagement includes serving as a lead advisor on social investment for Vale Malaysia in partnership with JK-Tech.
His training and teaching at CSRM include modules on mineral economic history and conflict resolution for the Anglo American Advanced Social Management Program held in South Africa and Chile (in partnership with the University of Cambridge, UK).