IDRN Scholars’ Cafe Magic Metals: Social and Environmental Aspects of the Rare Earth Industries

By , on March 20, 2014

IDRN Scholars’ Cafe Magic Metals:
Social and Environmental Aspects of the
Rare Earth Industries

Dr. Saleem Ali 
Director, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland
Professor of Environmental Studies, Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont

Friday, March 21, 2014 — 10:30am – 12:00pm
Liu Institute for Global Issues, 3rd Floor Boardroom
Please RSVP to, with ATTN: Elaine Hsiao


Dr. Saleem Ali is the Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland in Australia and Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, founding director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security and a National Geographic ‘Emerging Explorer’. His research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts and how ecological factors can promote peace. Dr. Ali will share some of his thoughts from his recent research on the rare earth industry (see links below) and environmental cooperation in South Asia.

To access the discussion papers please follow the links below:

IDRN Scholars’ Café is a monthly series of informal conversations, fostering casual but thoughtful conversation on relevant crosscutting topics related to international development. Open to all faculty, graduate students and practitioners, these events promote stimulating discussions on a wide range of relevant topics. The IDRN Scholars’ Cafe also aims to facilitate a much needed dialogue between scholars and practitioners and an advancement of international development, both in theory and in practice.

The International Development Research Network (IDRN) is a graduate student-driven initiative of the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. IDRN aims to improve international development research and practice by bridging the disciplinary and professional divides that can isolate development researchers and practitioners. If your work relates to international development, we encourage you to join, connect and collaborate.

Press release courtesy of the Liu Institute of Global Issues, University of British Columbia.  19 March 2014.