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John Sykes

PhD student
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 108
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+61 8 6488 5809


John Sykes comes to CET to study a PhD entitled "A multidisciplinary approach to generating exploration targeting hypotheses for copper deposits by combining geoscience, business strategy, mineral economic and sustainable development inputs". He joins the Progressive Risk & Value team under the supervision of Allan Trench and Campbell McCuaig, with informal guidance from CET Adjuncts Richard Schodde, Jon HronskyJohn Vann and Sandy Bell for what is a multi-faceted project. As part of this research he has completed the Oxford University Said Business School Scenarios programme.

John also assists with the teaching of CET "Mineral Economics for Geologists" course and UWA Business School's "Strategic Management of Resource Companies" MBA course.

John has a Master of Science (MSc) in Geophysical Hazards from University College London and a Master of Science (MSci) with Honours in Geology from the Royal School of Mines (RSM), Imperial College London, where he is still active as the International Vice-President of the RSM Association. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS), a Chartered Scientist (CSci), and a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG), Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (MAusIMM) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (MIMMM). For the latter organisation he is an organiser of the Australian Young Persons' Lecture competition.

Outside of university, John runs his own mineral economics consultancy, Greenfields Research, where is also worked prior to his PhD studies. Before establishing Greenfields Research, John worked as a Consultant in Copper Mining and Smelting for CRU Group in London, where Allan Trench was his boss. At CRU, John and Allan developed a number copper reports on long-term economics, mine projects and exploration, which form the foundation of John's current PhD research. Before CRU, John had an ill-advised but fun experience working as a gold exploration geologist in the Brazilian Amazon.  

John endeavours to make as much of his research available publically for free on slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/JohnSykes


Sykes, J.P., Wright, J.P., and Trench, A. 2016. Discovery, supply and demand: From Metals of Antiquity to critical metals, Applied Earth Science: Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy: Section B. DOI:10.1080/03717453.2015.1122274

Sykes, J.P., Wright, J.P., Trench, A. and Miller, P. 2016. An assessment of the potential for transformational market growth amongst the critical metals, Applied Earth Science: Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy: Section B. DOI:10.1080/03717453.2015.1104055

Gardiner, N.J., Sykes, J.P., 2015. Tin mining in Myanmar: Production and potential, Resources Policy, 46(2), 219-233. DOI:10.1016/j.resourpol.2015.10.002

Sykes, J.P., and Trench, A. 2014. Finding the Copper Mine of the 21st Century: Conceptual Exploration Targeting for Hypothetical Copper Reserves. In Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication Number 18: Building Exploration Capability for the 21s Century, eds Karen D. Kelley and Howard C. Golden.