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Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt is a Senior Fellow in the Resource, Environment & Development Program at the Crawford School of Public Policy. She is one of the leading global experts in critical research on the length and breadth of gender and community livelihoods in two areas of natural resources: water and extractive industries. A significant aspect of her engagement has been with finding ways to reframe the debates around informal, artisanal and small-scale extractive practices by bringingthe livelihoods of mineral resource-dependent communities of the Global South to the forefront of global debates on political ecology and political economy of mineral resources. Her engagement with Mongolia dates back to 2007, when she spent three weeks in the country, studying artisanal and small-scale mining by the nomadic herders. This extended into a research project, ‘Supporting women during the mining boom in Mongolia’, jointly held with colleagues from the University of Queensland, and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.