Official Development Assistance (ODA)

BGS Research — Global geoscience

Following the announcement by the UK Government regarding a significant reduction in ODA funding from June 2021, BGS is currently working across NERC/UKRI and with all its partners to understand the impact on our current ODA funded projects.

The role of earth sciences in providing solutions to the major challenges recognised in the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction is critical to underpinning economic development.

Participants of the CCOP-JMG-BGS Urban Geology Workshop at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur in February 2019. BGS © UKRI.
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Participants of the CCOP-JMG-BGS Urban Geology Workshop at Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur in February 2019. BGS © UKRI.

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Many of these challenges, including food and water security, urbanisation, energy poverty, resilience to natural hazards and climate change, span the interface between Earth and human systems.

For example, understanding the effects on both human welfare and the environment of the exploration, analysis and extraction of natural resources (energy, water, minerals and food) is critical to promote security of supply. Similarly, understanding dynamic natural earth hazards (landslides, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions) that directly affect lives and livelihoods and pose major welfare challenges also requires informed citizens and effective communications to deliver better preparedness and resilience to sudden change.

Our vision and research themes

Working collaboratively with countries on the DAC list of ODA recipients, the 2017–2020 BGS ODA programme builds upon and integrates our recent and ongoing research on:

Our vision is to deliver new research, underpinning datasets and capacity building via three research platforms working across 13 countries. Our engagement will be participatory, characterised by a collaborative approach, with the research being co-designed and developed with stakeholders to address development priorities and need.

We will seek to build new links with the UK research base and use our platforms to support bids into Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) and Newton Fund opportunities.

Pumping drinking water from a shallow groundwater source in Tanzania
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Pumping drinking water from a shallow groundwater source. BGS © UKRI.

Our research platforms

Rift Valley

Integrated resource management in Eastern Africa

Our current activities build on the BGS’s extensive research experience in this region, contributing to welfare and future economic growth by the responsible use of natural resources.

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Resilience of Asian cities

Our research aims to improve city resilience by integrating geology into urban subsurface planning and urban-catchment science in India and south-east Asia

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Pyroclastic flow engulfing a house in Monserrat

Global geological risk

Our research focuses on characterising complex, multi-hazard processes with the aim of improving resilience of communities to hazards.

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Need more information?

Please contact Dr Michael Watts for further information

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