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Special Newsletter: Launch of 2021-2024 Research Prioritisation Plan

26.08.2021 Newsletter
A research agenda for a complex world

Research Prioritisation Plan 

  • Research priorities outlined for the next three years
  • Sets the building blocks for ground-breaking studies in mine closure and post-mining development
  • Eight priorities, developed consultatively with CRC TiME partners
  • Provides global leadership in framing a broader definition of ‘core business’ in the resources sector

Each of the eight research priorities has a problem statement, goals, objectives, and priority research questions that will underpin CRC TiME’s investment in research projects, utilising a system of regional hubs for place-based research and demonstration throughout Australia. Due to the longevity of mining projects, and the even longer post-mining periods that follow, the research agenda explicitly considers the dynamic nature of the earth and the global trends that are shaping it.

Crucially, a fundamental research principle for implementation of the plan is the inclusion of First Nations leadership in helping set strategic directions and implementing activity in the development and delivery of these research programs.

Our CEO, Dr Guy Boggs:
Building from the work currently being undertaken in our 22 Foundational Projects, our research program will challenge the status quo, question how well current systems work, and force a re-examination of how mining systems, regional planning, regulatory regimes, social groups and professional teams work together and the power balances between them.”

The importance of the CRC TiME’s research to the Australian economy and regional communities was highlighted by the Federal Minister for Resources and Water, Keith Pitt:
“Mining will always be a major industry and employer in regional areas and I have had the opportunity to visit many of them over the past year to see first-hand the work being done to rehabilitate the land after a mine reaches the end of its life. The Resources sector takes its responsibilities very seriously in this area and as a result we’re seeing former mines being used for agriculture and other productive purposes.” 

Dr Bruce Kelley, Chair, CRC TiME:
How companies of the present embrace this challenge of integrating planning for a post-mining future will determine the industry’s future license to operate. It is incumbent upon all of us to work towards this broader and more integrated approach to the mining industry.”

Submit an idea – building projects to deliver on the 2021-2024 Priorities

We are seeking to develop projects that will deliver on the research priorities and project areas outlined in the Research Prioritisation Plan. Our project development process is underpinned by co-development and a process that has three stages to ensure our projects are collaborative, meet end-user needs and deliver transformative change.

CRC TiME partners are invited to submit a project idea into this process. Project ideas are the beginning of the project life cycle within the CRC and will be considered against four criteria before being progressed or potentially amalgamated with other similar ideas. Ideas are then moved forward to the next scoping stage in which partners are invited to collaborate and refine the project concept.

Opportunities also exist for non-CRC partners to collaborate in projects through co-investment or an application to join the CRC. If you would like to discuss how you may be able to join the development of these projects please email

Refer to the Research Development page on our website for further details.

Welcome aboard Tom Measham

We are thrilled to announce Professor Tom Measham has been appointed as our new Research Director. Tom has extensive experience designing integrated research programs focused on communities, the resources sector and regional transition. He is an incredibly respected leader in thought leadership and will significantly enhance our impact on post-mining economies.

Before joining CRC TiME, Tom was a Principal Research Scientist and Group Leader for CSIRO, leading a portfolio of interdisciplinary research projects focused on economic transition in resource rich regions. He has a background in human geography and 25 years’ experience spanning diverse industries and communities across regional Australia and provided expert advice to governments and industry on a diverse range of social and economic issues. Tom has published two books, over 100 reports and more than 50 scholarly articles. He holds a PhD from the Australian National University, a Masters Degree from James Cook University and a Bachelors Degree from Sydney University.

As a former Project Leader in our Strategy Solutions area, Tom has hit the ground running and is looking forward to working together with all our partners, to drive our research agenda.

Click here for the media release on Tom’s appointment.