The mining industry after the boom

David Humphreys (Lead / Corresponding author)

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    23 Citations (Scopus)
    286 Downloads (Pure)


    The commodity boom of 2004–2012 transformed the fortunes of the mining industry. It also catalysed some important changes in the industry, changes which are likely to have long-lasting effects. These changes include a decisive shift in the customer base of the industry towards emerging economies, particularly those in Asia; a move away from contract pricing towards spot pricing resulting in increased volatility in mineral prices; a growing role in the global industry for emerging economy mining companies; increased operating and capital cost pressures resulting from depletion and tightening environmental standards; and continuing pressures on the resource sector from nationalism and protectionism. These issues collectively represent a challenging backdrop for the establishment of regulatory frameworks for the industry which satisfy the needs of investors while at the same time providing fair and sustainable benefits for mineral host countries.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-151
    Number of pages7
    JournalMineral Economics
    Issue number2
    Early online date3 Apr 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


    • China
    • Cost pressures
    • Depletion
    • Emerging economies
    • Mining
    • Price volatility
    • Resource nationalism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geography, Planning and Development
    • Economic Geology


    Dive into the research topics of 'The mining industry after the boom'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this