Journal of Futures Studies

Mining Futures: Beyond the Headlines

by Umar Sheraz

ABSTRACT

Non-renewable extraction and its future implications have found focus in recent literature from a technical, environmental and social, political and economic perspective. This study uses the six pillars method of future studies to address the futures of mining from multiple aspects. The analysis through this methodology is directed at decision makers and various stakeholders as they evaluate the role of minerals in the economy and intends to inform public policies regarding mineral extraction beyond sectoral silo focus. The conclusions from this study are that mining is more than just technology or economics of pricing and sound policies initiatives are needed to redirect society and re-think current trends in international governance of resource use, and material-intensive life styles.

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Journal of Futures Studies

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ISSN 1027-6084