Nick Bainton received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Melbourne in 2007. From 2007–2010 he was a research fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, The University of Queensland, as part of a research services partnership between The University of Queensland and mine developer Lihir Gold Limited. During this time he collaborated with the Lihirian community and the mine developer on several cultural heritage management projects, and he commenced a research project on the intersection between Lihirian sacred geographies and resource development.
Nick is currently Principal Advisor Social Responsibility for Newcrest Mining Limited. He manages the social impact monitoring and management program and the cultural heritage management program for the Lihir gold mine in Papua New Guinea.
Nick is an honorary research fellow with School of Social Sciences, The University of Queensland, and is an adjunct Senior Research Fellow with the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, The University of Queensland. His research and publications draw upon his long term association with the Lihir Islands as an academic and applied anthropologist and his broader engagement with the resource extraction industry in Papua New Guinea.