Senior Policy Fellow, School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies


Emilka is a social anthropologist with a background in sustainable development and interdisciplinary interest in corporate social responsibility. She holds an MA (Hons) in Sustainable Development, as well as an MRes and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. She has over a decade of experience in conducting social science research extractive contexts, and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, University of Queensland. Her research to date has largely focused on Papua New Guinea and engages communities, company and government representatives to explore broadly conceived resource relations and interdependencies. In between her academic projects she worked for a large, international NGO and for the Scottish Government’s Strategic Research and Analysis Team. She is particularly interested in stakeholder engagement and social impacts at undeveloped complex orebodies; and the role and experiences of coal economies in transition to low-carbon futures.

Selected publications

Bainton, N.A. and Skrzypek, E.E., 2021. The Absent Presence of the State in Large-Scale Resource Extraction Projects (p. 380). ANU Press. doi: 10.22459/AP.2021

Skrzypek, E. 2020. Revealing the Invisible Mine: Social Complexities at an Undeveloped Mining Project. London: Berghahn.

Skrzypek, E. 2020. Extractive entanglements and regimes of accountability at an undeveloped mining project. Resources Policy Vol. 69, p.101815.