Geology for Global Development


Welcome to Geology for Global Development’s blog.

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 plans to expand internationally.

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, access and responsible management of natural resources, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation, health and food security.

With these 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.


This blog aims 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. If you would like to contribute to this blog, writing guest posts or sharing photographs from fieldwork, please get in contact with GfGD, via their website.

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The opinions expressed in Geology for Global Development are those of the authors, whose views may differ from those of the European Geosciences Union.