IWiM Research

IWiM conducts research on women and women’s contribution to the mining sector via our network of volunteer coordinators and researchers.

Here, we are developing a portal for governments, industry, academia and the wider community to access the latest information on Women in Mining research.

IWiM research publications

  • ASI / IWiM Report: Can a mining law unlock the potential of women?

In April 2017 Adam Smith International (ASI) and International Women in Mining (IWiM) spoke with over 40 people working in the mining sector to understand whether introducing a specific gender focused law could increase the participation and empowerment of women.

This in-depth research focused specifically on Malawi and Sierra Leone while also drawing out 15 key recommendations that have relevance for policymakers, development partners and industry players seeking to unlock the potential of women in the wider mining sector.

Click here to download the report

Want to join the conversation? Let us know your thoughts on the paper by completing a short online survey.

We are actively working to develop our research capacity and to promote new collaboration opportunities with industry, academia, governments and civil society.

Researchers whose current or future projects are relevant to and align with IWiM’s mission are invited to apply to collaborate with IWiM. Possible avenues for collaboration with IWiM include:

  • Co-authored industry reports
  • IWiM providing in-kind support for academic research
  • IWiM partnering with NGO’s to study topics of mutual interest

Benefits of research collaboration with IWiM include:

  • Access to IWiM social media and web promotion of research
  • Ability to advertise for recruitment of research participants from among the membership base (subject to research ethics approval)
  • Opportunity to work with IWiM researchers to connect, collaborate and identify gaps for further work

Research collaboration with IWiM provides researchers with international exposure in a growing field, while contributing to a business and gender cause. To apply or to receive more information, please contact:

Do you love research and deriving meaning from data?
Do you want to influence the world through research?

We are International Women in Mining (IWiM –, a dynamic network for women working in the mining industry, with 10,000 members in over 100 countries, supporting 50+ WiM groups around the world. We want to create opportunities for all women in the mining sector, changing the world today for a more inclusive tomorrow.

Our projects:

  • Increase the number of women serving on boards via our Women on Boards webinar programme and a database of board-ready women
  • Increase the number of women presenting at mining conferences via our IWiMSpeakUp project
  • Progress women’s careers via our global mentoring programme
  • Improve the representation of women in the industry via our photo campaign
  • Research and reports around the contribution women are making to the mining sector

We are building a new research team and are looking for people from different countries and disciplines to join. Not everyone needs to be a gender specialist but we need at least one.

Job Summary

You will join IWiM’s Executive Team and work with the other Team members to identify research topics and projects.

You will lead on content, analysis and output, design the methodology framework, co-ordinate with external specialists and data providers, and co-ordinate the work of external research partners.

You will support the organisation by highlighting opportunities to improve the capacity, reputation and outcomes of IWiM in line with its purpose in society.

The role reports to the Executive Director of IWiM and interlinks with all other teams and projects.


  • You will develop the internal research capacity and team as well as content expertise;
  • You will plan and be responsible for the research cycle including methodology framework and timelines on deliverables for external contractors
  • You will guide the interdisciplinary team of internal researchers and be responsible for team development and mentoring; you will foster a strong culture and a rigorous and consistent approach
  • You will cultivate and create relationships with external mining and gender researchers and partners

Experience and Knowledge

  • Knowledge of the mining industry and stakeholder environment
  • Insight of gender parity issues and research
  • Established record of publication and/or editorial performance
  • Good understanding of methodology and analytical research approaches, including qualitative and quantitative proficiency
  • Honed analytical and project management skills

The Person

  • Inquiring and independent thinker who can convert complex data into useful explanatory concepts and a compelling narrative
  • Able to work effectively in teams in a collaborative and cooperative spirit
  • Good communicator (verbal and written). Editorial discernment and ability to communicate research methodology and survey results
  • Fluent in English, other languages are an advantage
  • Good personal network in the mining and metals community as well as in the women in mining and gender issues community
  • A deep understanding of the purpose of IWiM and the expectations of members and society for continuous improvement in mining with relation to gender issues

Work Environment and Location

You will join a small team of global volunteers who work remotely. The position offers the opportunity of international exposure in a growing environment, while contributing to a business and gender cause.

As part of your role, you will occasionally represent IWiM at conferences, events and media briefings which might require you to travel.

The work load will vary between 10 to 30 hours a week, depending on deadlines. We understand this is a heavy commitment and so we are open to 2 or 3 people job sharing.

In exchange, you will be able to promote your research brand across a wider network, will have access to members, gender parity credibility, etc.

We are also looking to develop a network of researchers.  If you are interested in being part of a team, vs the Team Head, please contact us.

How to Apply

Please send a covering letter showcasing your prior work in this area, your CV/resume, and a writing sample to: If you have any questions, or would like to discuss the role before applying, feel free to contact us via the same email.

Equal Opportunities Policy

IWiM supports the principle of Equality and Diversity in employment wholeheartedly and opposes all forms of unlawful or unfair discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships. We encourage and support the recruitment, retention and career development of people from as wide a range as possible of ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds. We will continue to take every possible step to ensure that individuals are treated equally and fairly and that decisions on recruitment, selection, training, promotion and career management are based solely on individual merits and abilities, appropriate to the job.