Dr Kathryn Sturman is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, at the University of Queensland in Australia. Her research focus is international governance initiatives in the extractive industries, with area studies in Africa and Southeast Asia. Her research interests include global governance norms, such as transparency and anti-corruption initiatives in the extractive industries; mining and development; and subnational conflict dynamics arising from resource extraction. Kathryn has experience training mining professionals and public officials from developing countries for the International Mining for Development initiative for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). In 2013/14 she lectured International Security for the Politics and International Studies (POLSIS) department at UQ.
Prior to joining CSRM, Kathryn was programme head of the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme at SAIIA. She led 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 has a Phd in International Relations from Macquarie University, Australia and an MA in Political Studies (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town.