publications and media

refereed publications

2016. Bice, S. Responsible Mining: Key Principles for industry integrity London: Routledge (Earthscan).

2016. Bice, S. and Coates, H. University sustainability reporting: Taking stock of transparency. Tertiary Education and Management.

2016. Bice, S. and Merriam, A. Defining ‘Asia Capabilities’ for Australia’s Public Service. Australian Journal of Public Administration.


August 2015 (early online access). Bice S. Corporate Social Responsibility as Institution: A Social Mechanisms Framework. Journal of Business Ethics: 1-18
June 2015. Bice, S. Bridging corporate social responsibility and impact assessment. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal.
June 2015. Turkina, N., Neville, B. and Bice, S. Rediscovering Divergence in Developing Countries’ CSR, In: Dima Jamali, Charlotte Karam, and Michael Blowfield (eds) CSR in Developing Countries: A Development-Oriented Approach. Greenleaf.


  1. Bice, S. and Moffat, K. Social licence to operate and impact assessment. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 32:4Special Issue on Social Licence to Operate and Impact Assessment, guest editors: Sara Bice and Kieren Moffat.
  2. Harvey, B. and Bice, S. Social impact assessment, social development programmes and social licence to operate: Tensions and contradictions in the global extractive industries, In: Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal, 32:4Special Issue on Social Licence to Operate and Impact Assessment, guest editors: Sara Bice and Kieren Moffat.
  3. Bice, S. and Sullivan, H. Public Policy Studies in the ‘Asian Century’, In: Governance, 27:4.
  4. Bice, S. ‘What Gives you a Social Licence? An Exploration of the Social Licence to Operate in the Australian Mining Industry’, In: Resources.
  1. Bice, S. and Roche, C. ‘Anticipating the social impacts of deep sea mining’, In: Deep Sea Minerals and the Green Economy, Volume 2, Chapter 5, edited by: Elaine Baker and Yannick Beaudoin, United Nations Environment Programme.

2013 and earlier

February 2013: Bice, S. ‘No more sun shades, please: Good intentions, paternalism and redundancy in Australian mining companies’ corporate social responsibility’, In: Rural Society Journal, Special Issue on Resource Extraction in Australia.

February 2012: Nish, S. and Bice, S. ‘Community-based agreement making with land-connected peoples,’ In: Frank Vanclay and Ana-Maria Esteves (eds.) New Directions in Social Impact Assessment: Conceptual and Methodological Advances. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

April 2011: Bice, S. ‘On the radar? Gendered considerations in Australia-based mining companies sustainability reporting, 2004-2007,’ In: Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt (ed.) Mining, Gender and Sustainable Livelihoods, Canberra: Australian National University Press.

April 2005: Correa-Velez, I., Gifford, S. and Bice, S. ‘Refugee and Asylum Seeker Access to Health Care’,

In: Australia-New Zealand Health Policy. (Most cited article for the journal in 2005/06).

recent media publications

September 2016. ‘Is responsible mining the answer to the commodities downturn?’, In: ANZ Blue Notes.

16 August 2016. ‘Responsible Mining doesn’t have to be an oxymoron’, In: Pursuit.

March 2016. ‘Peer pressure matters more than you think: Factors influencing social performance in the resources industry’. In: Australian Resources and Investment.

February 2016. ‘Coal seam gas debate is more than hot air’. In: Pursuit.

December 2015. ‘Wicked problems’ and complex operating environments demand ethical skills. In: Australian Resources and Investment.

September 2015. Newcastle’s ‘Divestment’ is a chance for world’s largest coal port to consider its future. In: The Conversation.

June 2015. Optimising Impact Assessment: Data practices going digital. In: Australian Resources and Investment Magazine

March 2015. Out of the regulatory soup: Evolving to a whole of resource approach. In: Australian Resources and Investment Magazine.

December 2014. With: Assoc. Prof. Will Howard and Prof. Mike Sandiford. Coal seam gas is just the latest round in underground war. In: The Conversation. 

December 2014. Battling the resource curse in frontier mineral economies. In: Australian Resources and Investment Magazine. 

7 November 2014. From divestments to protests, social licence is key. In: The Conversation.

June 2014. ‘The Social Licence to Operate: What’s next?’, In: Australian Resources and Investment magazine.

December 2013. ‘So long, 2013: Reflecting on the year in sustainable development’, In: Australian Resources and Investment magazine.

December 2013. With Helen Sullivan. ‘Abbott government may have new rhetoric, but it’s still the ‘Asian century‘, In: The Conversation.

October 2013. ‘Ok Tedi immunity gone, with implications beyond BHP‘, In: The Conversation.

September 2013. Bice, S. ‘Regulating Financial Transparency: Recent Developments’, In: Australian Resources and Investment Magazine.

July 2013. Bice, S. ‘Corporate social responsibility in Asia: Understanding business from beginning to end‘, In: The Conversation.

June 2013. Bice, S. ‘Beyond the talk to action: When does transparency translate to accountability?‘, In: The Conversation.

June 2013. Bice, S. ‘Australian Mining and the Asian Century’, In: Australian Resources and Investment Magazine.

May 2013. Bice, S. ‘Banking on ethical investment?’, In: WME Magazine

April 2013: Bice, S. ‘Firms with benefits: B Corporations and the future of business‘, In: The Conversation.

April 2013: Bice, S. Is the next mining boom on the ocean floor?, In: The Conversation.

March 2013: Bice, S. ‘Can super investors really bank on ethical investment?, In: The Conversation.

December 2012: Bice, S. ‘Trends in Transparent Financial Disclosure’, In: Australian Resources and Investment Magazine.

August 2012: Bice, S. ‘How did we get here? Heading off unethical behaviour before it’s too late’, In: Sustainable Business Forum.

August 2012: Bice, S. ‘To be good corporate citizens, banks must improve their sustainability reporting,’ In: The Conversation.

July 2012: Bice, S. ‘Show me the money: Should big miners be made to disclose what they pay?’, In: The Conversation.

July 2012: Bice, S. ‘Human Rights Due Diligence: Implications for the Mining Industry,’ Australian Resources and Investment Magazine.

recent media coverage and interviews

29 August 2016. Talking ‘Responsible Mining’ with Amanda Vanstone on ABC Radio National Counterpoint.

25 August 2016. Talking ‘Responsible Mining’ with Beyond Zero Emissions, 3CR Community Radio.

15 April 2016. Talking social licence with ‘Beyond Zero Emissions‘, 3CR Community Radio.

13 February 2016. ‘Australian energy giants shift away from ‘dirty’ mining. Quoted in: The Straits Times.

8 December 2015: ‘Social media offers new hope for citizenry to reconnect with democracy’, ABC PM Drive with Patricia Karvelas.

29 October 2015. Interview for ABC Radio AM with Michael Brissenden. ‘Coal Seam Gas Panel: Economically great, environmentally ok, socially terrible.

13 September 2015. Interview for Barometer, Radio Adelaide with Ian Newton.

16 September 2014. Wilkins, G. Macquarie cashes in on world’s war machine. In: The Age. 

29 July 2014: Loussikian, K. Investor-company engagement ‘maturing’. In: The Australian. 

19 February 2014: Interview for 3CR Community Radio Melbourne Breakfast with Squirrel Main.

18 February 2014: Interview for ABC NewsRadio Evenings with Mandy Presland, “New report shows mining companies using a social licence to justify presence in communities.”

18 Feburary 2014: Neissner, Justin, “Where do social licences come from?“, Mining News.

18 February 2014: Interview for ABC NewsRadio Hobart, Tasmania Statewide Mornings with Leon Compton.

17 February 2014: McHugh, B. “The term ‘social licence to operate’ brought into question by report“, ABC Rural.

17 February 2014: Interview for ABC News Rural with Babs McHugh, “Report finds the term ‘social licence’ a poorly defined concept. Aired interviewLong interview.

17 February 2014: Validakis, Vicky, “Report claims mining companies do not have a social licence to operate”, In: Australian Mining.

9 December 2013: Interviewed by Carson Scott and Brooke Corte on Trading Day, Sky News Business Channel.

9 December 2013: Interview for Radio National Breakfast.

21 May 2013: Karvelas, Patricia. ‘Beware miners bearing town gifts‘, In: The Australian.

21 May 2013: Interviewed by Carson Scott and Brooke Corte on Trading Day, Sky News Business Channel.

21 May 2013: Interview with Melissa Maddison, ABC Radio Tropical North Queensland.

18 April 2013: Interview with Kim Kleidon, ABC Radio Tropical North Queensland.