Research event of the Chair
Research project "Governance of mining/quarrying projects and consultation"

The second seminar of the cycle entitled "Governance of mining projects and consultation" (Project A) took place on Monday, March 29, 2021. It brought together some thirty participants to reflect on "social risk".  

Three key witnesses contributed their points of view, through international feedback, on mining and oil projects: Sylvia Becerra (CNRS-Geosciences Environnement Toulouse), Pierre-Yves Le Meur (IRD-CIRAD) and Pascal Rey (Insuco).

The exchanges allowed us to question the concept of "social risk" by underlining the great volatility of this notion which is very dependent on the contexts in which it is used. The temporality of "social risk" was questioned in particular:

  • At what stage in the life cycle of a mining project does "social risk" express itself most forcefully? 
  • how can the lived experience of social risk be reconciled with the operational time of the project? 
  • how does "social risk" relate to the history of the territories? 
these questions have thus made it possible to introduce a lively debate on the measurement of social risk:
  • can social risk be measured? 
  • is it possible to quantify it?
  • is it advisable to measure it? 

The next seminar should take place by June, ideally in person. Several proposals for seminar themes are proposed. Any partner is of course invited to express his opinion and his proposals at any time, in any format (a few lines to a long text).

PhD offer in Geosciences at Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France

Title of the PhD thesis: "Multidisciplinary risks assessment of the mining sector for territorial planning. Development of a prototype decision-making tool based on the example of gold exploitation in French Guiana".

Offer description / Abstract: Mining is a source of positive and negative impacts of different natures, that generally exceed the perimeter of mines sites, and that may have consequences on the wider socio-ecological systems in which they are located. On the other hand, mining projects also usually suffer from other types of risks caused by the surrounding human and natural environment. 

We claim that mining projects should be considered as a matter of land-planning rather than simple industrial objects. Consequently, mining risk and impact assessments should include a holistic understanding of mining projects at a larger scale, showing how these activities possibly interact with the external environment.

In a previous PhD thesis (2020), by Ottone Scammacca
the theoretical grounding of a methodology for risk assessment of mining projects at the territory scale was developed on the example of French Guiana (FG), where gold exploitation plays a critical role within the dynamics of the territory, as this activity takes a great variety of forms and techniques. A multi-criteria classification of gold mining projects in FG was proposed, with the objective to develop a standardized gold mining typology for further risk assessment purposes at the territory level. For each mining project type, an overview of the main potential impacts at the territory level was presented. A first series of maps was produced, showing the negative impacts of different mining development scenarios in the Mana River watershed, taking the failure of a mining dam as the main central event. The objective of the future PhD project is to continue .... (read more...)


Research project "Governance of mining/quarry projects and consultation"

      First workshop on 11 December 2020

Concertation and mining exploration in metropolitan France, exchanges for new perspectives 
The first seminar of the cycle entitled "Governance of mining projects and consultation" took place on Friday 11 December. It was attended by some thirty participants who are partners of the Chair. Three real and contemporary cases of exploration projects in metropolitan France were presented by Cécile Caron, Diana Guillon (DGALN), Jérôme Gouin (Pôle Avenia) and Noémie Fayol (Mines Ales). These feedbacks have given rise to a very rich debate, and the Chair thanks the participating partners for their interventions and the relevant exchanges that took place. This debate calls into question key notions, starting for example with the notions of "territory", "consultation" and "acceptability", in order to pave the way for a new paradigm that will enable territorial stakeholders to grasp the issues related to the exploitation of the subsoil and encourage the emergence of new forms of decision-making. The next seminar will take place between now and March 2021. Several proposals for seminar themes have already been put forward by the partners.
These seminars are exclusively reserved for the Partners of the Chair, namely :
  • Sponsors, who may be represented at their convenience;
  • Members, with a maximum of two representatives per Member; 
  • Founding Schools (Mines Nancy, Paris, Ales and Geology Nancy) and tutors (Georesources, University of Lorraine, ITM, ITM Foundation), with a maximum of two representatives per institution.


Des avancées sont disponibles pour le projet
CNRT Nickel - Mine du Futur.
  • La fiche résumé du projet
  • Un RAPPORT & une plaquette liés au Projet MINE DU FUTUR
  • MINE DU FUTUR : Rapport d’avancement année 1- 05/2020
  • Le reportage du projet CNRT mine du futur sur TV JT CALEDONIA
  • MINE DU FUTUR : Rapport Portrait des compétences numériques des personnels de l’industrie minière en Nouvelle-Calédonie- 04/2020
Vous trouverez également, une interview de Jean-Alain Fleurisson, enseignant-chercheur à MINES ParisTech, dans la revue sur le projet MINE du FUTUR en Nouvelle Caledonie.

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