James Wellstead has researched and written on resource extraction since 2008. With experience in a number of different professional environments (academic, government and consultancy), he has developed a strong background in the political and economic contexts surrounding mining investment and resource extraction projects. Through his education and experience with the government of Canada, he has also developed a sharp understanding of organizational risk management and corporate planning activities. Though relatively new to the investment writing community, his six months spent at an Indonesian coal mine provided him with on-the-ground experience with mining operations. James holds a BA (Hons) in geography from the University of Western Ontario and a MA in global studies from the University of Ottawa. He has been writing for the Investing News Network’s coal and zinc sites since March 2011 and began writing about potash and phosphate in January 2012.