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.

Renewable energy, climate change mitigation and the role of mining

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

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Earlier in the year I was invited to participate in the Oxford Futures Forum (at Oxford University). This unusual event aims to bring together an ecletic group of people to use scenario planning and related strategy techniques to generate new solutions to challenging problems. The theme this year was the "Oxford Scenario Planning Approach and the Climate Imaginaries of the…
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Top tips for job interviews

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

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Continuing our catch up with this year's Strictly Boardroom columns on MiningNews.net. We now do a lot of work with the MBA students at the University of Western Australia. For these students, job interviews are never far from the mind, so in July we published an article with a few personal tips on job interviews, entitled "Candour in candidature: Top…
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Mineral systems, endowment analysis and exploration strategy at Sandstone goldfield

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Management, Mineral Economics, PhD, Publications, Recommended, Research, Strategy

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The final work I had the pleasure to be involved in at the TARGET Conference was the initial PhD research of (Rhys) Sam Davies also at the Centre for Exploration Targeting (The University of Western Australia). His work is aiming to link mineral systems theory and endowment and prospectivity analyses, with the existing data sets available at the Sandstone goldfield…
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Towards minerals sector innovation: Clues from Shaw and Orwell?

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Exploration, Management, Media, Mining, Publications, Recommended, Strategy

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Catching up on this year's Strictly Boardroom columnns on MiningNews.net, at the end of June we published one of my favourite pieces, entitled 'Towards minerals sector innovation: Clues from Shaw and Orwell". The article draws from my favourite author, George Orwell's 'Six Rules of Writing' and the 'Six Questions' he asks about every sentence he writes, and transfers them into…
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