Dr Joel Christopher Gill

Dr Joel Christopher Gill

International Development Geoscientist

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3138

E-mail Dr Joel Christopher Gill

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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.


  • 2016 – ongoing : International Development Geoscientist, BGS Global
  • 2015 –2016 : Sabbatical Cover Lecturer and Module Convenor (Natural Hazards), Department of Geography, King's College London, UK.
  • 2012 –2016 : Class Teacher, Guest Lecturer and Examiner (Geohazards and Disasters), Department of Geography and Environment, LSE, UK.
  • 2011 –2016 : PhD Geography (Natural Hazards), King's College London
  • 2009 –2010 : MSc Engineering Geology (Distinction), University of Leeds
  • 2005 –2008 : 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).


  • 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.

Boards and committees

  • 2018 – 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
  • 2017 – ongoing : Scientific Organising Committee, Geoscience and Society Summit (Stockholm, 2019).
  • 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


  • 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 association

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

Published outputs

Current projects and collaboration

  • 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).