Nicole Smith

Assistant Professor, Mining Engineering

Nicole Smith

Education

  • PhD, Anthropology, University of Colorado Boulder
    Certificate in Development Studies, University of Colorado Boulder
  • MA, Anthropology, Colorado State University
    M.A. Anthropology, 1999
  • BA, Anthropology, University of Minnesota, Minor in Biology

Research Interests

Artisanal and small-scale mining, livelihoods, energy and extractive industries, corporate social responsibility, engineering education, sustainable development, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, gender, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America

Current Research

  • Technology, Training, and Capacity Building in Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining: Using Mobile Training Units to Promote Cleaner, Safer, and More Sustainable Livelihoods in Peru and Bolivia, Funded by the United States Department of State, PI.
  • Reducing Mercury Pollution in Small-Scale Mining In Suriname, Funded by the EPA, PI.
  • The Ethics of Extraction: Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility into Engineering Education, Funded by the National Science Foundation

Courses Taught at Mines

  • LAIS 498D        Indigenous Peoples and Natural Resource Development
  • LAIS                 Energy and Society
  • LAIS                 Cultural Anthropology

Courses Taught Elsewhere

  • Gender and the Global Economy
  • Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context
  • Human Geographies
  • Africa: People and Cultures in Change
  • Regional Cultures of Africa
  • Indians of North America
  • Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • Ethnobotany of the Southwest

Professional Experience

  • 2017: Assistant Professor, Mining Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2016-2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Humanitarian Engineering, Liberal Arts and International Studies, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2015: Shultz Postdoctoral Fellow in Humanitarian Engineering, Liberal Arts and International Studies, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2014-present: Honorary Research Fellow, University of Queensland; Sustainable Minerals Institute—Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
  • 2014: Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar, University of Queensland; Sustainable Minerals Institute—Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining
  • 2014: Lecturer, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2014-2016: Online instructor, San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico
  • 2013-2014: Advisor to intern program, University of Denver Law School, CU Boulder Law School, and Sustainable Development Strategies Group
  • 2013: Consultant, Shahuindo Gold Project
  • 2013: Lecturer, University of Colorado at Denver
  • 2012: Consultant, AusAID and Sustainable Development Strategies Group (SDSG)

Professional Activities and Service

  • 2016-2017       Client and consultant for two College of Engineering and Computational Science (CECS) senior design teams
  • 2016                Co-organizer for workshop on, The Ethics of Extraction: Integrating Corporate Social Responsibility into Engineering Education. Presented at the Colorado School of Mines under NSF Grant 1540298.
  • 2015-               Member, Humanitarian Engineering Curriculum Committee, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2015-2016       Consultant for two CECS senior design teams
  • 2015                Judge for the student poster competition at the Energy Africa Conference, Colorado School of Mines
  • 2015                Represented the Humanitarian Engineering program at a Colorado-wide meeting to assess and identify CSR research opportunities.
  • 2015                Co-organizer for symposium: “Corporate Social Responsibility in Extractives: Putting Communities First Makes Sense for Business, Learning, and Social Change” May 14/15, CSM.
  • 2012                Co-organizer, Gender and Natural Resources: Global Perspectives on Extractive Economies and Communities panel, AAA, San Francisco.
  • 2009-2013       Acting Member of the Society for Conservation Biology—Social Science Working Group; Education Committee
  • Member of: AAA, SfAA, SME, 4S
  • Occasional Reviewer: Journal of Peasant Studies; Journal of Cleaner Production; Rangelands Journal; International Journal of Engineering, Social Justice, and Peace; Frontiers in Education Conference

Publications

Referred Journal Articles

  • Teschner, Benjamin, Nicole M. Smith, Travis Borillo-Hutter, Zira Quaghe John, Anthony Wong. 2017. How Efficient are They Really? A Minimally Invasive Testing Method of Small-scale Gold Miners’ Gravity Separation Systems in the Guianas. Minerals Engineering, 105: 44-51.
  • Smith, Nicole M., Jessica M. Smith, Zira Q. John, Benjamin Teschner. 2017. Promises and Perceptions in the Guianas: The Making of an Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Reserve. Resources Policy, 51: 49-56.
  • Smith, Jessica M., Carrie J. McClelland, Nicole M. Smith. 2016. Engineering Students’ Views of Corporate Social Responsibility: A Case Study from Petroleum Engineering. Science and Engineering Ethics, doi:10.1007/s11948-016-9859-x.
  • Smith, Nicole M., Saleem Ali, Carmel Bofinger, and Nina Collins. 2016. Human Health and Safety in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining: An Integrated Approach to Risk Mitigation. Journal of Cleaner Production, 129: 43-52.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2016. “No Cow Makes This Sort of Profit”: Capital, Success, and Maasai Gemstone Traders in Tanzania. The Extractive Industries and Society, 3(2): 442-449. doi:10.1016/j.exis.2016.02.008
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2015. Gender and Livelihood Diversification: Maasai Women’s Market Activities in Northern Tanzania. The Journal of Development Studies, 15(3): 305-318.
  • McCabe, J. Terrence, Nicole M. Smith, Paul W. Leslie, and Amy Telligman. 2014. Livelihood Diversification through Migration among a Pastoral People: A Case Study of Maasai from Northern Tanzania. Human Organization 73(4): 389-400.
  • Galvin, K.A., J. Ellis, R.B. Boone, A.L. Magennis, N.M. Smith, S.J. Lynn and P. Thornton. 2002. Compatibility of Pastoralism and Conservation? A Test Case Using Integrated Assessment in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania. In, Conservation and Mobile Indigenous Peoples. Displacement, Forced Settlement, and Sustainable Development. D. Chatty and M. Colester, eds. Berghahn, Oxford.
  • Galvin, K.A., R.B. Boone, N.M. Smith and S.J. Lynn. 2001. Impacts of Climate Variability on East African Pastoralists: Linking Social Science and Remote Sensing. Climate Research 19:161-172.
  • Boone, R.B., K.A. Galvin, N.M. Smith and S.J. Lynn. 2000. Generalizing El Nino Effects Upon Maasai Livestock Using Hierarchical Clusters of Vegetation Patterns. Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing 66(6): 737-744.

Book Review

  • Smith, Nicole M. 2007. Review of Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World. Julian Agyeman, Robert D. Bullard, and Bob Evans, eds. Culture and Agriculture 29(1): 49-50.

Conference Papers, Posters, and Workshops

  • Smith, Nicole M., Jessica M. Smith, Linda Battalora, Benjamin Teschner. 2017. Social Responsibility and Petroleum Engineering Education. Society for Petroleum Engineering Health, Safety, Security, Environment, & Social Responsibility Conference. New Orleans, LA.
  • Smith, Nicole M., Jessica M. Smith, Carl Mitcham, Qin  Zhu. 2017. Deepening Appreciation of Engineering Ethics by Exploring the Corporate Dimensions of Social Responsibility, East and West. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE), Dallas, TX.
  • Smith, Nicole M. and Jessica M. Smith. 2017. Corporate Social Responsibility as an Engineering Competency for the Mining Industry. Annual conference of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), Denver, CO.
  • Smith, Jessica M., Nicole M. Smith, Carrie McClelland, and Linda A. Battalora. 2017. Where are the people? Including social sustainability in the circular economy. Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Towards a Circular Economy Symposium, Denver, CO.
  • McClelland, Carrie, Jessica M. Smith, Nicole M. Smith. 2016. Bringing Corporate Social Responsibility into the Petroleum Engineering Classroom. Annual Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference. Erie, Pennsylvania.
  • Smith, Nicole M., Jessica M. Smith, Zira Q. John, Benjamin Teschner. 2016. Making a Mining Reserve: Opportunities and Challenges for Large-Scale Mining Companies. Mining and Communities Solutions Conference, Vancouver.
  • Smith, Jessica M., Carrie McClelland, Nicole M. Smith. 2016. Petroleum Students’ Views of Corporate Social Responsibility. Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), New Orleans, LA.
  • Smith, Nicole M., Jessica M. Smith, Zira Q. John, Benjamin Teschner. 2016. Managing Risks from Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining Through Industry-University Collaboration. Annual conference of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME), Phoenix, AZ.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2015. Making a Mining Reserve: The Cultural Politics of Development in a Gold Mining Area of Suriname. Annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), Denver, CO.
  • Smith, Nicole M. and Benjamin Teschner. 2015. Whose Environmental Justice?: Resource Competition in Suriname’s Gold Fields. Annual meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Denver, CO.
  • Smith, Nicole M. and Jessica M. Smith. 2015. Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development: Exploring Opportunities in Engineering Education. Workshop presented at the Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference, Vancouver.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2015. Human Health and Safety: The Missing Links in Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining Discourse. SfAA, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2013. Mobs and Men: “Being Maasai” in the Tanzanite Trade in Northern Tanzania. SfAA, Denver, CO.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2012. Sex, Power, and Production: Masculinities and Femininities in the Context of the Tanzanite Trade, Northern Tanzania. AAA, San Francisco, CA.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2011. All That Glitters is Not Gold: Shifting Livelihoods and New Forms of Capital among Maasai in Tanzania. AAA, Montreal.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2010. Gender and the Migration Predicament: Maasai Women as Economic Refugees in Northern Tanzania. AAA, New Orleans, LA.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2009. Gemstone Traders, Business Owners, and Politicians: Maasai Migrants at the Cusp of Identity Formation in Northern Tanzania. Session Organizer for Conceptions and Configurations of Tanzanian Landscapes. AAA, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2009. Maasai Migrations and Tanzanite Mining: The Global Gemstone Trade and its Implications for Land Use and Conservation. SfAA, Santa Fe, NM.
  • Smith, Nicole M. 2007. Maasai Household Economy: Conservation and Land Use in Northern Tanzania. Session Organizer. SfAA, Tampa, FL.
  • Galvin, K.A., R.B. Boone, N.M. Smith and S.J. Lynn. 1999. Impacts of Climate Variability on East African Pastoralists: Linking Social Science and Remote Sensing. SfAA, Tuscon, AZ.
  • Lynn, S., J. Ellis, K. Galvin and N. Smith. 1999. Ecological impacts on Maasai Pastoralist Land Use Patterns: Implications for Conservation Policy in Multiple-use Areas. Poster presented (by SJL) at the 5th World Congress, International Association of Landscape Ecology, Snowmass, CO.
  • Galvin, K.A., A. Magennis, J.E. Ellis, S. Lynn, and N. Smith. 1999. Effects of Conservation Policy on Human Well-Being: A Comparative Study of Pastoral Maasai Nutrition and Economy in Northern Tanzania. Poster presented at the annual meetings of the Human Biology Association, Columbus, OH.

Contact

303-273-3634
Fax: 303-273-3217
Brown Hall 213
nmsmith@mines.edu