The Greenfields Research Blog

Greenfields Research is the trading name of independent mining economist, John P. Sykes. This blog contains some of our latest research papers and just general news from the industry.

Putting the F-word into mineral industry management

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Book Reviews, Management, Media, Mining, Publications

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The F-word is focus. Rounding up the last of the Strictly Boardroom articles on MiningNews.net published in May we come to a plea for focus in mining industry management advisory. I quick browse of the consulting and advisory literature very quickly accumulates into a list of incoherent, jargon-inflected pieces of advice. Our view is to keep it simple. Focus on…
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The energy transition: A mining and exploration industry perspective

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Commodities, Conferences, Exploration, Future, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Mining, PhD, Publications, Research, Strategy

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Earlier in the year, I presented an abstract at the World Renewable Energy Congress, here in Perth. It was a different audience to my usual mining crowd, but nonetheless I think the presentation was of interest and seemed to generate more than a few questions. The presentation was entitled "The energy transition: A mining and exploration industry perspective". It covered…
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Australian gold industry: Where does geoscience meet mineral economics?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Future, Mineral Economics, Mining, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Research

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At the end of last year, Allan Trench (Professor of Risk and Value at the Centre of Exploration Targeting) presented the early stages of some excellent research on the Australian gold industry at the CET Members Day. I am pleased to be involved in the very periphery of this research and am always happy to give it a little promotion.…
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Royalty reform: Possibility or pipe dream?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Media, Mineral Economics, Mineral Policy, Publications

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Continuing our catch up on the Strictly Boardroom articles published in May, we tentatively dip our toes into the world of politics; though, at least, in an area, we can claim some prior knowledge, especially with the help of guest columnist, and our very own political consultant, Ian Radisich. We look at the issue of minerals industry taxation, and try…
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