Joel Gill

Dr Joel Gill

International development geoscientist
BGS Keyworth
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Summary

Joel is an interdisciplinary geoscientist, integrating natural and social science approaches to address issues relating to sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (DRR). During his NERC/ESRC funded PhD (Geography – Natural Hazards), Joel developed hazard interaction frameworks at global and regional scales to support multi-hazard approaches to DRR. This work involved two-months fieldwork in Guatemala, engaging with stakeholders from diverse hazard monitoring and civil protection communities. Joel has a keen interest in improving the application of geology to international development, founding the charity “Geology for Global Development” in 2011 after returning from working on a range of water projects in East Africa. His role at BGS (International Development Geoscientist) involves identifying stakeholder-expressed development priorities, helping to develop research to address these, and using Theory of Change approaches to ensure maximum development impact. Joel has experience communicating with diverse audiences in cross-cultural and international environments, and has organised conferences, events and workshops on geoscience and sustainable development in the UK, India, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. He has been awarded prizes by LSE for his teaching skills, and Associate Fellowship of the Royal Commonwealth Society for his development engagement. Joel is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a member of their External Relations Committee, with a focus on international capacity building

Joel Gill’s Biography

  • 2016 – ongoing: International Development Geoscientist, BGS Global
  • 2015: Sabbatical Cover Lecturer and Module Convenor (Natural Hazards), Department of Geography, King’s College London, UK.
  • 2012: Class Teacher, Guest Lecturer and Examiner (Geohazards and Disasters), Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, UK.
  • 2011: PhD Geography (Natural Hazards), King’s College London
  • 2009: MSc Engineering Geology (Distinction), University of Leeds
  • 2005: BA Natural Sciences (Geology), University of Cambridge

Research interests

  • Geoscience for Sustainable Development and Social/Economic Development (geoscience and the UN Sustainable Development Goals; geoscience education and sustainability; best practice in capacity strengthening).
  • Disaster Risk Reduction (‘multi-hazard’ frameworks; natural hazard interactions; anthropogenic influences on natural hazards; natural hazards education and communication; natural hazards and disasters in Guatemala

Current projects and collaborations

  • 2016: ongoing:Geoscience for Sustainable Futures, BGS Official Development Assistance Programme
  • 2018: ongoing:Dynamic Risk at Fuego Volcano (Guatemala)- Led by the University of Edinburgh, this NERC Urgency Grant aims to characterise dynamic risk in communities around Fuego following a major eruption in June 2018.
  • 2014: ongoing:Multi-Hazards in Guatemala – Development of research and innovation activities on understanding and reducing risk due to multi-hazards in Guatemala. This builds on PhD research (2011–2016), and a previous BGS innovation funding grant (2017–2018)

Publications

Gill, J C, and Malamud, B D. 2014. Reviewing and visualizing the interactions of natural hazards. Reviews of Geophysics. 52(4). 680–722.
Gill, J C. 2016. Building good foundations: Skills for effective engagement in international development. In Wessel, G R and Greenberg, J K, eds. Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future: Geological Society of America Special Paper 520. 1–8.
Gill, J C, and Malamud, B D. 2016. Hazard interactions and interaction networks (cascades) within multi-hazard methodologies. Earth System Dynamics. 7. 659-679
Gill, J C. (2016). Geology and the Sustainable Development Goals. Episodes. 40(1). 70-76.
Gill, J C, and Bullough, F. 2017. Geoscience Engagement in Global Development Frameworks . Annals of Geophysics. 60(7).
Gill, J C, and Malamud, B D. 2017. Anthropogenic processes, natural hazards, and interactions in a multi-hazard framework. Earth-Science Reviews. 166. 246-269.
Stewart, I, and Gill, J C. 2017. Social geology — integrating sustainability concepts into Earth sciences. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association.
Gill, J C, and Smith, M. 2017. Sustainable Futures. Geoscientist. 27(5).
Gill, J C, Mills, K and Mankelow, J. 2017. Workshop report: Earth and Environmental Science for Sustainable Development (Nairobi, March 2017). BGS Open Report (OR/17039). 28pp.
Gill, J C, and Mankelow, J. 2017. Workshop report: Earth and Environmental Science for Sustainable Development (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, September 2017). BGS Open Report (OR/17063). 36pp.
Gill, J C, and Mankelow, J. 2017. Workshop report: Earth and Environmental Science for Sustainable Development (Lusaka, Zambia, September 2017). BGS Open Report (OR/17064). 34pp.
Gill, J C, Mankelow, J, and Mills, K. 2019. The role of Earth and environmental science in addressing sustainable development priorities in Eastern Africa. Environmental Development 30. 3-20.
Gill, J C, Malamud, B D, Barillas, E M, and Guerra Noriega, A. 2020. Construction of regional multi-hazard interaction frameworks, with an application to Guatemala. NHESS. 20. 149-180

Published outputs

Gill, J C, and Malamud, B D. 2014. Reviewing and visualizing the interactions of natural hazards. Reviews of Geophysics. 52(4). 680–722.
Gill, J C. 2016. Building good foundations: Skills for effective engagement in international development. In Wessel, G R and Greenberg, J K, eds. Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future: Geological Society of America Special Paper 520. 1–8.
Gill, J C, and Malamud, B D. 2016. Hazard interactions and interaction networks (cascades) within multi-hazard methodologies. Earth System Dynamics. 7. 659-679
Gill, J C. (2016). Geology and the Sustainable Development Goals. Episodes. 40(1). 70-76.
Gill, J C, and Bullough, F. 2017. Geoscience Engagement in Global Development Frameworks . Annals of Geophysics. 60(7).
Gill, J C, and Malamud, B D. 2017. Anthropogenic processes, natural hazards, and interactions in a multi-hazard framework. Earth-Science Reviews. 166. 246-269.
Stewart, I, and Gill, J C. 2017. Social geology — integrating sustainability concepts into Earth sciences. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association.
Gill, J C, and Smith, M. 2017. Sustainable Futures. Geoscientist. 27(5).
Gill, J C, Mills, K and Mankelow, J. 2017. Workshop report: Earth and Environmental Science for Sustainable Development (Nairobi, March 2017). BGS Open Report (OR/17039). 28pp.
Gill, J C, and Mankelow, J. 2017. Workshop report: Earth and Environmental Science for Sustainable Development (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, September 2017). BGS Open Report (OR/17063). 36pp.
Gill, J C, and Mankelow, J. 2017. Workshop report: Earth and Environmental Science for Sustainable Development (Lusaka, Zambia, September 2017). BGS Open Report (OR/17064). 34pp.
Gill, J C, Mankelow, J, and Mills, K. 2019. The role of Earth and environmental science in addressing sustainable development priorities in Eastern Africa. Environmental Development 30. 3-20.
Gill, J C, Malamud, B D, Barillas, E M, and Guerra Noriega, A. 2020. Construction of regional multi-hazard interaction frameworks, with an application to Guatemala. NHESS. 20. 149-180

Skills

  • Interdisciplinary research
  • integration of natural and social science research approaches
  • workshop facilitation
  • participatory workshop design
  • identification, synthesis and accessible visualisation of multidisciplinary data
  • working and researching in cross-cultural and international environments
  • communicating with diverse audiences

Awards

  • 2016 – Class Teacher Prize (Geography and Environment), London School of Economics and Political Science
  • 2015 – Associate Fellow, Royal Commonwealth Society
  • 2014 – Class Teacher Prize (Geography and Environment), London School of Economics and Political Science

Professional associations

  • 2016 – ongoing:Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 2014 – ongoing:Member, Geological Society of America
  • 2012 – ongoing:Fellow, Geological Society of London

Boards and committees

  • 2019 – ongoing:Council Member(Trustee), Geological Society of London
  • 2019 – ongoing:UK National Committee representative to the UNESCO/IUGS International Geoscience Programme (IGCP), on behalf of the Geological Society of London.
  • 2018 – ongoing:University of Liverpool Earth Sciences Industry Advisory Panel
  • 2014 – ongoing:External Relations Committee, Geological Society of London. Lead member for international development.
  • 2011 – ongoing:Trustee, Founder, and Executive Director Geology for Global Development

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