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.

What can your country do for you?

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

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Continuing our catch-up on the May Strictly Boardroom articles, that I write with Allan Trench (The University of Western Australia) on MiningNews.net, the next article looks at the different types of mining economy, and what this means for corporate strategy and minerals policy. Borrowing from the World Economic Forum's classification of countries, we break mining economies into three types: factor-driven,…
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Resource curse is a misnomer: achieving resource blessing is the future

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

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Catching up on May's Strictly Boardroom articles on MiningNews.net by myself and Allan Trench (The University of Western Australia) the first article of the month tackles the 'resource curse'. The article entitled "Resource curse is a misnomer: achieving resource blessing is the future" looks at contradictory data on the subject produced by the World Bank. When looking at the four…
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The Energy Transition: Some thoughts for explorers, miners and moneyers

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Future, Mining, PhD, Strategy

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Last November, I was honoured to present at the Mines and Money Conference in London. I presented the results of a scenario planning workshop earlier in the year that looked at the role of the minerals industry in the energy transition to renewable sources, which has synced nicely with some previous research on critical metals. The presentation was entitled "The…
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Putting the Cooperative into Cooperative Research Centre

- By: John P Sykes
Posted in: Blog, Conferences, Exploration, Mining, Publications, Research

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Last year, Allan Trench presented some ideas of ours, about the nature of collaborative, inter-disciplinary applied research to the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC). The DET CRC is coming to the end of its excellent run of research (primarily in low-cost drilling technologies) helping mineral explorers in Australia tackle deep, under cover exploration, one of the critical…
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