Laplonge, Dean

Factive / University of New South Wales

Dr. Dean Laplonge is a leading researcher and consultant in the field of gender, safety and communications. His current areas of professional interest include gendered behaviours in the mining and oil & gas industries, safety communications, and equity in the workplace. He is the lead researcher on Factive's "Mining for a Safer Masculinity" project ( and has extensive experience addressing gender and communication issues in the resources sector for organisations such as BHP Billiton Iron Ore, INPEX, Rio Tinto, Fortescue Metals, Worsley Alumina, Nickel West, Horizon Power and The Department of Mines and Petroleum in Western Australia. Dean is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales and is currently completing his second Masters, this time in the field of peace and conflict studies from the University of Peace. His new book—So You Think You’re Tough: Getting Serious about Gender in Mining—is due out later this year. When not flying out to carry out work on mine sites, Dean lives in New Brunswick in Canada.


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