WEBINAR: Environmental and Social Licenses for Mining Projects in India: Assessing Regulatory Gaps and Prospects for Reform

On June 8, UBC’s Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) was pleased to host a virtual discussion on the regulatory regime for post-leasing mining licenses in India, with respect to environmental and social licenses to operate, featuring distinguished experts from Brookings India.

This event was part of the on-going cross-campus seminar series on Mining and Minerals Extraction in a New Global Landscape, co-organized by the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, the Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, within the Sauder School of Business, the Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, the Bradshaw Research Initiative for Minerals and Mining, and the Centre for Business Law, within the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

The webinar was moderated by Dr. Kevin Hanna, Director of UBC’s Centre for Environmental Assessment Research. Dr. Hanna’s work centres broadly on the analysis and evaluation of environmental and natural resources policy. His research area is focused on the environmental assessment (EA), with an emphasis on the role of EA in natural resource management, planning and decision-making.


Dr. Rajesh Chadha is Program Director for Natural Resources at Brookings India. He was formerly a Professor & Research Director at the National Council for Applied Economic Research in India. He has worked extensively on regional and multilateral issues pertaining to international trade, foreign direct investment and agricultural markets.  Dr. Chadha has been a Visiting Scholar at the Universities of Michigan, Melbourne, and Monash, and Visiting Faculty at many prestigious academic and research institutes in India, and was nominated as a GTAP Research Fellow (2004-2007) by the Global Trade Analysis Project, Purdue University, USA. He received his PhD in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi. 

Dr. Srestha Bannerjee is a Visiting Scholar with the Natural Resources, Energy & Sustainability team at Brookings India. She is an environment and public policy expert with over 10 years of professional experience in research and policy advocacy in India and the United States. Her areas of specialization include environmental governance, natural resource management, sustainable industrialization, community rights and empowerment, urban sustainability and environmental justice.


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