Daniel Franks

Dr. Daniel Franks is the Chief Technical Advisor and Programme Manager of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme at the United Nations Development Programme. Dr. Franks is well known for his research on sustainable development in the extractives sector. He is the author of more than 100 publications including the book Mountain Movers: Mining, sustainability and the agents of change (Earthscan, 2015) and his highly cited study with Rachel Davis on the costs of company-community conflict in the extractives sector, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Originally trained as a geologist, Dr. Franks retrained in political and social sciences. He has field experience at more than 70 mining and energy sites internationally and in more than 37 countries. Prior to joining UNDP he was Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland and a Senior Social Scientist at the Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Water. He has been a Visiting Professor at Universidad Catalica del Norte, Chile; Columbia University, New York; the University of Eastern Finland; and the University of Western Australia. He is an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Minerals Policy & Economics (Resources Policy) and Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.