Dr Natalie Ralph

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Research Fellow

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

Alfred Deakin Institute

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Modern European Studies, Nottingham Trent University, 1994
Master of International Diplomacy, Bond University, 2001
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2012

Contact

n.ralph@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 524 79383, 91275

Biography

Natalie was awarded her PhD in Business and Politics in 2012, by Deakin University, Australia. Her research explored the new area of identifying business roles in preventing conflict and supporting peacebuilding, with particular focus on energy and mining corporations. She has a Masters of International Diplomacy focused on Asia; and a BA Hons Degree in European Studies, majoring in International Relations.

After completing her PhD, Natalie worked in industry to develop tools, services and a book for industry to promote responsible and innovative business approaches to preventing conflict, and supporting peacebuilding and inter-cultural/faith initiatives.

In 2016, Natalie joined Alfred Deakin Institute, as part of her role as Associate Research Fellow for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES). In ACES, Natalie is part of the Ethics, Policy and Public Engagement (EPPE) team, focusing on Energy. She researches the risks and opportunities, policy and regulatory impact and supply chain issues of new, alternative energy technologies and the materials they use, to assess their impacts on conflict, sustainable development, equity, access and resilience.

Examples of current research include: the impacts of alternative energy technologies and their supply chains on conflict/peace in both developing and developed countries; ethical and supply chain issues linked to materials used in alternative energy laboratories and new technologies going to global market; lithium industrialisation, vertically integrated mineral development and public-private partnerships with foreign corporations;  corporate political activity and influence by energy industries on government policy; stakeholder engagement and corporate peacemaking for sustainable business management; risk assessment for energy devices; export of renewable electricity and hydrogen; peace entrepreneurship for preventing conflict, including extremism and terrorism; peace intrapreneurship.

Natalie formerly held government positions in policy and project management with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Queensland Government, and the Department of Victorian Communities, Victorian Government. In those roles she worked on international collaborations in science, research for future policy needs, Corporate Social Responsibility and business engagement with social issues, export of education, and Women’s and Youth issues.

Research Interests

• The positive and negative impacts on conflict and peacebuilding of renewable energy technologies and their materials and supply chains. This covers both internal and geopolitical conflict;
• The risks and opportunities posed by new, alternative energy technologies such as battery, solar and hydrogen/ammonia power and storage, CO2 reduction and thermocells;
• Global governance mechanisms to support sustainable natural resources and energy production; and responsible mining;
• The new alternative energy future, exports of energy, and impacts on International Relations and geopolitical power; 
• Corporate political activity and influence on government policy;
• Peace entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship (for social cohesion and preventing conflict including terrorism).

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Biography summary

In 2016, Natalie joined Alfred Deakin Institute, as part of her role as Associate Research Fellow for the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES) where she is part of the ethics and energy team. Prior to this, she received her PhD on mining and oil companies in conflict-prone areas and corporate peacebuilding in 2012. She then worked in industry, and as a Research Fellow for Deakin University, until joining ACES. She has also worked in state government policy and project management roles; and in non-governmental organisations.

Research interests

• The positive and negative impacts on conflict and peacebuilding of renewable energy technologies and their materials and supply chains. This covers both internal and geopolitical conflict;
• The risks and opportunities posed by new, alternative energy technologies such as battery, solar and hydrogen/ammonia power and storage, CO2 reduction and thermocells;
• Global governance mechanisms to support sustainable natural resources and energy production; and responsible mining;
• The new alternative energy future, exports of energy, and impacts on International Relations and geopolitical power; 
• Corporate political activity and influence on government policy;
• Peace entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship (for social cohesion and preventing conflict including terrorism).

Publications

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2015

Peacemaking and the extractive industries: towards a framework for corporate peace

N Ralph

(2015), Sheffield, Eng., A1

book

Grants

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Supervisions

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