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Energy and Mineral Economics

Curtin Business School’s Research Program in energy and mineral economics brings industry and academia together to conduct leading-edge research in this field. Opportunities for both industry engagement and higher degree by research study can be structured around current and relevant issues, with research resulting in outcomes of significant value.

Energy and Mineral Economics

A powerhouse within the national economy, Australia’s resources and energy industry depends on applied research in order to remain productive and competitive. At Curtin Business School, this is achieved through advanced expertise and research into the assessment of energy and mineral markets and the economic viability of current and new technologies, along with environmental considerations.

Specific areas of focus include researching rare earth markets; economic issues associated with unconventional natural gas; the placement of renewable energy technologies; the administration of mineral taxation policies; and the optimisation of processes within the mining sector to manage risk.

In the field of energy research, current projects work in primary, secondary and renewable energy economics – ranging from coal to LNG and coal seam gas, and from hydro-electronic to solar and wind power sources. Researchers also have links to the petroleum engineering department at Curtin and work in government energy policy initiatives.

In the minerals field, examples of current projects include advancing evaluation practices in order to enable strategic decision-making for long-life mining projects, and at ways to improve mining tax administration and collection frameworks.

Research within this area is both theoretical and applied – with industry and government partnerships driving both the development of new frameworks and models, and the study of specific cases and scenarios. Many researchers work directly with resources companies both in Australia and around the world, and are frequently invited to present at international conferences and seminars.

Curtin Business School has established research partnerships with national and international universities, creating a rich research environment and exciting opportunities for prospective higher degree by research students. A number of researchers are also members of the International Association of Energy Economics and publish in leading international energy and mineral economics journals.