Geology for Global Development

Introducing ‘Geology for Global Development’

The EGU is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the geosciences – for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. This is a vision that we at Geology for Global Development both applaud and strongly align ourselves with.

Good geoscience is essential to many of today’s global development challenges – a knowledge of geohazards, climate change, sustainable mining, hydrogeology, geotechnics, contaminant geology and agrogeology can inform and improve sustainable development, health, the access to and responsible management of natural resources, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and food security.

Since February 2011 we have been posting on a previous blogspot site with around 243 posts on topics from disaster risk reduction, water and sanitation in the developing world, and sustainable mining. This site will be staying live, and used as a resource archive. It is a pleasure to now be part of this exciting blog network (together with Matt Herod and Jon Tennant), and have the opportunity to share our work and the conversations we are having with a larger and broader community. Welcome to this new home for the blog of Geology for Global Development.

About ‘Geology for Global Development’

Geology for Global Development (GfGD) is a not-for profit organisation that recognises the significant contribution good geoscience can make to the fight against global poverty and the improvement of lives across the world. Our work is primarily with young geoscientists and is currently based in the UK, but with the aim of eventually expanding internationally.

With the significant opportunities for our subject to make a positive contribution to society, in particular the lives of some of the world’s poorest communities, we are working to better equip young geoscientists to play a bigger and more effective role within international development.

We are working to…

  1. Utilise experience and expertise in the wider geoscience community to alert young geoscientists to their role and responsibility in contributing to sustainable and effective development, particularly in the developing world.
  2. Promote the positive international outcomes that can come from improving the experience base of young geoscientists, to politicians, policy-makers, industry, commerce, the media and the general public.
  3. Improve opportunities for young geoscientists to develop understanding, inter-personal and communication skills, in order to promote both better cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary work.
  4. Establish opportunities for young geoscientists to gain practical work experience in the development sector and developing countries.

The ‘Geology for Global Development’ Blog

This blog will aim to discuss, promote and broaden understanding of the contribution geoscientists can make to development. Through our articles and discussion we hope to support both young and more experienced geoscientists in the growth of appropriate skills and knowledge, including both technical geoscience and ‘soft’ social development understanding. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date with the wider work we are doing, opportunities to get involved, and useful resources that may be of interest.

This blog differs from many in that it is multi-authored, with regular ‘columnists’ Dan Sharpe (GfGD Ambassador, University of Leeds) and Alex Stubbings (IKON GeoPressure, Durham) joining GfGD Director, Joel Gill (King’s College London) and a range of guest bloggers (including many students and professionals). In the future we expect to grow this list of regular contributors and the management of the site will shift to our new Communications and Deputy Communications Officers.

Find out more about the work of Geology for Global Development at

Joel is the Founder/Director of Geology for Global Development (@Geo_Dev) an organisation working to support geologists to make a sustainable contribution to the fight against global poverty. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, with a PhD in geography (natural hazards), and research interests in multi-hazard frameworks, disaster risk reduction, rural water projects, and sustainable development. This work has taken him to Chile, China, Guatemala, India, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Joel is currently based at the British Geological Survey, and tweets at @JoelCGill.