Kathryn Sturman

Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

Sustainable Minerals Institute

Dr Kathryn Sturman is an international relations specialist in resource governance and policy considerations of mining for human security and development.


Kathryn's research focus is on the political dynamics shaping the extractive industries globally, particularly in resource-rich developing countries of Africa and South East Asia. In 2017 she led a research project on assessing potential interoperability of mineral sustainability standards, with case studies of transparency and conflict minerals initiatives in Africa's Great Lakes region, and the implementation of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. Multi-stakeholder governance for greater transparency across the mining life cycle is a further topic under investigation, as well as comparative analysis of the implementation of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Australia and Asia Pacific. Previous research for CSRM includes a project on the impact of extractive industries on political settlements and conflict in East Africa (2015/16); and comparative lessons in local food procurement by mining companies in Mozambique and Tanzania (2014).

Kathryn holds a PhD in international relations from Macquarie University. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Political Studies (awarded cum laude) from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining CSRM as a Senior Research Fellow in 2012, Kathryn was program head of the Governance of Africa’s Resources Program at the South African Institute of International Affairs. She conducted research and policy development in the minerals, oil and gas, and logging sectors in a number of African countries. She has conducted research on various aspects of African politics, in particular the African Union, since working as a senior researcher for the Institute for Security Studies, 2001-2004. Kathryn was a speechwriter and researcher in the Parliament of South Africa from 1997-2001. 

Kathryn Sturman