Public perception of mineral exploration

We are working with the Geological Survey of Ireland as part of PACIFIC, an EU-funded Horizon 2020 consortium investigating innovative mineral exploration techniques. We are contributing to a social research strand of the project, looking at the public’s perception of the pros and cons of mineral exploration, including environmental risks.

Our initial experiments are designed to test how the format of information provision affects people’s comprehension of the issues surrounding mineral exploration and their acceptance of it. Initial results are expected by end-2019 and will inform the design of further studies.