In the current global situation of growing demand for increasingly diversified mineral resources, the mineral industry (mines, quarries, primary processing operations) raises crucial issues for contemporary societies. These challenges are amplified by geopolitical tensions, new requirements associated with energy and digital transition, and by the unavoidable expectations of civil society, which wishes to be involved in the decision-making processes concerning the exploitation of underground resources. 
On the one hand, mining companies in the mineral industry and public administration today face numerous and far-reaching challenges. Needs are increasing, values are changing, technologies are being overwhelmed, and the resource industry is experiencing a rupture, that calls into question its established practices. For some years now, companies have been subject to certain standards, and have implemented practices to minimise their environmental impact and pollution intrinsically caused by their operation and production systems. Currently, the main concerns companies face have been around relations with civil society, the impacts of digitalisation and automation, the optimisation of yields, the increase of production costs, the energy mix, and the future of staff. 

On the other hand, civil society and the groups derived from it are extremely vigilant with regards to the strategic choices made concerning mineral resources. In particular, they point to the aftermath of mining activities, and question the reality of promises of territorial development associated with exploration and exploitation projects.
In order to face these challenges, it is important to study and understand the interactions between the different players in a territory, so as to bring to light the pressures exerted on the entirety of the territory’s resources. It is equally relevant to consider the varying dynamics and their impacts which can affect the possible paths for the territory. This approach is vital in order to unite a territory project with a business project. The global and transversal consideration of these impacts should allow and support proposals of concrete actions, reaching all the way to changes of paradigms which will push the evolution of both territorial models and development models for the extractive sector and primary processing. 
The Mineral Industry & Territorial Dynamics Chair brings together the best French academic skills in the mineral industry field to support citizens, public authorities, research and training centres, and companies in their considerations of the choices linked to mining projects of mineral resources. The Chair is above operational issues. It offers an analysis of the debates and controversies linked to the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources.

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