Joel C Gill

Joel C Gill
Cardiff University | CU · School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
I have a strong interest in the effective application of geology to international development, with involvement in associated research, training and practitioner activities. My doctoral research at King's College London aimed to characterise natural hazard interactions and cascades, to inform and improve 'multi-hazard' approaches. I have diverse research, teaching and practitioner experience in Chile, China, Guatemala, India, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
Additional affiliations
September 2015 - July 2016
King's College London
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • 30 hours of teaching to 70+ second year geographers, drawing on active research and fieldwork, and using interactive discussions, technology enhanced learning and practicals. Assessment and marking.
September 2012 - July 2016
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Position
  • Class Teacher (Disaster Risk Reduction)
Description
  • Class Teaching with the Department of Geography and the Environment, focusing on natural hazards and disasters. Involved in teaching, marking assignments and examinations.
Education
September 2009 - August 2010
University of Leeds
Field of study
  • Engineering Geology
October 2005 - July 2008
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Natural Sciences (Geology)

Publications

Publications (38)
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This paper presents a broad overview, characterization and visualization of the interaction relationships between 21 natural hazards, drawn from six hazard groups (geophysical, hydrological, shallow Earth, atmospheric, biophysical and space hazards). A synthesis is presented of the identified interaction relationships between these hazards, using a...
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This paper presents an overview and visualisation of the role of geology in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These internationally-agreed goals aim to eradicate global poverty, end unsustainable consumption patterns and facilitate sustained and inclusive growth, social development and environmental protection. Through the use of a matrix v...
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Most geologists would argue that geoscientific knowledge, experience, and guidance is critical for addressing many of society’s most acute environmental challenges, yet few geologists are directly engaged in current discourses around sustainable development. That is surprising given that several attributes make modern geoscience well placed to make...
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During 2015, the international community agreed three socio-environmental global development frameworks, the: (i) Sustainable Development Goals, (ii) Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and (iii) Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Each corresponds to important interactions between environmental processes and society. Here we synthesize th...
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Here we synthesise the results of three participatory workshops to explore sustainable development priorities in eastern Africa, and discuss these in the context of Earth and environmental science. The planet is a core pillar of sustainable development, and the engagement of Earth and environmental scientists is vital to achieving the UN Sustainabl...
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Whilst the last decades have seen a clear shift in emphasis from managing natural hazards to managing risk, the majority of natural-hazard risk research still focuses on single hazards. Internationally, there are calls for more attention for multi-hazards and multi-risks. Within the European Union (EU), the concepts of multi-hazard and multi-risk a...
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Engineering Geology has an important role to play in sustainable development. This is due to the unique perspective that Engineering Geologists have of the interfaces between: science and engineering; the natural and built environments; the past, present and future. This paper examines the role of Engineering Geology in delivering the United Nation...
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Whilst the last decades have seen a clear shift in emphasis from managing natural hazards to managing risk, the majority of natural hazard risk research still focuses on single hazards. Internationally, there are calls for more attention for multi-hazards and multi-risks. Within the European Union (EU), the concepts of multi-hazard and multi-risk a...
Chapter
Covering 71% of Earth’s surface, and making up 97% of the water on Earth, the sheer scale and size of oceans on Earth underline their importance to the evolution of our planet. Oceans probably formed on Earth as soon as its surface was cool enough for liquid water to exist. In geological terms, modern oceans are ‘born’ and subducted within 200–300...
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Reducing disaster risk is critical to securing the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and natural hazard scientists make a key contribution to achieving this aim. Understanding Earth processes and dynamics underpins hazard analysis, which (alongside analysis of other disaster risk drivers) informs the actions required to manage...
Book
Meeting the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires contributions by scientists focusing on understanding, monitoring, protecting, managing and restoring the natural environment, including geoscientists. This book presents the first detailed discussion on the role of the geological sciences (geosciences) community in the imp...
Technical Report
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Learning resources to help integrate sustainability concepts and skills into geoscience teaching in Higher Education. An open-access output of Geology for Global Development.
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Partnerships have become a corner stone of contemporary research that recognizes working across disciplines and co-production with intended users as essential to enabling sustainable resilience-building. Furthermore, research that addresses sustainable development challenges brings an urgent need to reflect on the ways that partnerships are support...
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Reducing disaster risk is critical to securing the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and natural hazard scientists make a key contribution to achieving this aim. Understanding Earth processes and dynamics underpins hazard analysis, which (alongside analysis of other disaster risk drivers) informs the actions required to manage...
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In recent decades, a striking number of countries have suffered from consecutive disasters: events whose impacts overlap both spatially and temporally, while recovery is still under way. The risk of consecutive disasters will increase due to growing exposure, the interconnectedness of human society and the increased frequency and intensity of non‐t...
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Here we present an interdisciplinary approach to developing comprehensive, systematic, and evidenced visual syntheses of potential natural-hazard interactions at regional scales (or regional interaction frameworks). Frameworks can help with understanding the multi-hazard environment of a specific spatial extent. We explain our approach and apply th...
Conference Paper
The challenges faced by society today, global warming, environmental degradation, resource depletion, habitat loss, and their associated social impacts, require the contributions of geoscientists to craft effective solutions. These same problems often require coordinated actions across borders, and the people trying to solve these problems, locally...
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Rapid environmental change is driving the need for complex and comprehensive scientific information that supports policies aimed at managing natural resources through international treaties, platforms, and networks. Although the current essential variables frameworks account for the biosphere, atmosphere, and some aspects of the hydrosphere, they l...
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Here we present an interdisciplinary approach to developing comprehensive, systematic and evidenced regional interaction frameworks to support multi-hazard approaches to disaster risk reduction. We apply this approach in Guatemala, developing regional interaction frameworks for national and sub-national (Southern Highlands) spatial extents. The reg...
Technical Report
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This report describes the outcomes of a two-day interactive workshop in Lusaka (Zambia), conducted in September 2017. We gathered 26 delegates from 14 organisations based in Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe to determine sustainable development priorities and consider the role of Earth and environmental science in addressing these. Delegates came from di...
Technical Report
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This report describes the outcomes of a two-day interactive workshop in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), conducted in September 2017. We gathered 17 delegates from 12 organisations in Tanzania to determine sustainable development priorities and consider the role of Earth and environmental science in addressing these. Delegates came from diverse discipline...
Technical Report
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This report describes the outcomes of a two-day interactive workshop in Nairobi (Kenya), conducted in March 2017. We gathered 32 delegates from 22 organisations in Kenya to determine sustainable development priorities and consider the role of Earth and environmental science in addressing these. Delegates came from diverse disciplines (e.g., geology...
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This paper presents a broad overview, characterisation and visualisation of the role of 18 anthropogenic process types in triggering and influencing 21 natural hazards, and natural hazard interactions. Anthropogenic process types are defined as being intentional, non-malicious human activities. Examples include groundwater abstraction, subsurface m...
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This paper combines research and commentary to reinforce the importance of integrating hazard interactions and interaction networks (cascades) into multi-hazard methodologies. We present a synthesis of the differences between multi-layer single-hazard approaches and multi-hazard approaches that integrate such interactions. This synthesis suggests t...
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Geoscientists have an important role to play in international development, using their knowledge of Earth to improve disaster risk reduction, natural resource management, access to protected water resources, and infrastructure development. The application of this knowledge to development projects, however, requires a range of skills beyond a compet...
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This paper combines research and commentary to reinforce the importance of integrating hazard interactions and interaction networks (cascades) into multi-hazard methodologies. We present a synthesis of the differences between ‘multilayer single hazard’ approaches and ‘multi-hazard’ approaches that integrate such interactions. This synthesis suggest...
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Here we present a description of the relative severity of single hazards within a multi-hazard framework, compiled through examining, quantifying and ranking the extent to which individual hazards trigger or increase the probability of other hazards. Hazards are broken up into six major groupings (geophysical, hydrological, shallow earth processes,...
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Here it is suggested that the development of geoscientist student placement opportunities in international development contexts has an important role to play in the promotion of geoethics. In this paper we (i) describe Geology for Global Development (GfGD), a growing organisation where we have established development placement opportunities for geo...
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Here we present a broad overview of the relationship between primary hazards triggering or increasing the probability of secondary hazards. This overview is important in multi-hazard risk assessments (MHRA), as considering one hazard exclusively, without taking into account other hazards and any domino (cascade) effects, ignores components of risk...
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Geoscientists have a crucial role to play in improving disaster risk reduction and supporting communities to build resilience and reduce vulnerability. Across the world millions live in severe poverty, without access to many of the basic needs that are often taken for granted - a clean water supply, a reliable food source, safe shelter and suitable...

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Geology for Global Development (GfGD) is a not-for-profit organisation, established to champion the role of geology in sustainable development, mobilising and equipping the geology community to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Registered Charity Number: 1165663.
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This research develops global and regional interaction frameworks to enhance understanding, characterisation, and visualisation of natural hazard interactions. This aims to support the international development of multi-hazard methodologies. These interaction frameworks can contribute to improved theoretical and practical understanding of hazards and disaster risk reduction.