John Steen

Associate Professor
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John Steen is the EY Distinguished Scholar in Global Mining Futures at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Bradshaw Research Initiative in Minerals and Mining (BRIMM). Before arriving at UBC in 2019, he was head of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Queensland Business School and advisor to governments and companies on innovation and economic policy. John leads major international research studies on the subject of innovation and sustainable development in the resources sector. These include transitioning to new digital business models, technology ecosystems, innovation strategy and performance in megacapital ($1billion +) resource projects. He has advised the BC Mining Innovation Roadmap for the Mining Association of British Columbia and the BC Provincial Government. John is currently a senior editor for the Project Management Journal – the Project Management Institute’s research journal. He is a visiting professor at Reykjavik University in Iceland and an honorary professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland. He has published in leading journals in strategy, innovation, project management and mine management and has supervised over 14 Ph.D. students to completion.


2004 Ph.D. University of Queensland (Business Economics)

1997 Ph.D. University of Tasmania (Biochemistry)

1993 BSc(Hons) University of Tasmania