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Geosciences and the Sustainable Development Goals

  • Pursues an interdisciplinary approach and is structured by development priorities rather than geosciences categories

  • Reinforces sustainability theory with case studies

  • Offers both a learning resource for students, and a practical resource for geoscientists in various stages of their careers

Part of the book series: Sustainable Development Goals Series (SDGS)

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. End Poverty in All Its Forms Everywhere

    • Joel C. Gill, Sarah Caven, Ekbal Hussain
    Pages 1-30
  3. Zero Hunger

    • Benson H. Chishala, Rhoda Mofya-Mukuka, Lydia M. Chabala, Elias Kuntashula
    Pages 31-51
  4. Ensure Healthy Lives and Promote Well-Being for All At All Ages

    • Kim Dowling, Rachael Martin, Singarayer K. Florentine, Dora C. Pearce
    Pages 53-80
  5. Quality Education

    • Ellen Metzger, David Gosselin, Cailin Huyck Orr
    Pages 81-104
  6. Achieve Gender Equality and Empower All Women and Girls

    • Ezzoura Errami, Gerel Ochir, Silvia Peppoloni
    Pages 105-126
  7. Clean Water and Sanitation

    • Kirsty Upton, Alan MacDonald
    Pages 127-158
  8. Affordable and Clean Energy

    • Michael H. Stephenson
    Pages 159-182
  9. Decent Work and Economic Growth

    • Katrien An Heirman, Joel C. Gill, Sarah Caven
    Pages 183-207
  10. Infrastructure, Industry, and Innovation

    • Joel C. Gill, Ranjan Kumar Dahal, Martin Smith
    Pages 209-237
  11. Reduce Inequality Within and Amongst Countries

    • Melissa Moreano, Joel C. Gill
    Pages 239-258
  12. Sustainable Cities and Communities

    • Martin Smith, Stephanie Bricker
    Pages 259-282
  13. Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns

    • Joseph Mankelow, Martin Nyakinye, Evi Petavratzi
    Pages 283-311
  14. Climate Action

    • Joy Jacqueline Pereira, T. F. Ng, Julian Hunt
    Pages 313-337
  15. Conserve and Sustainably Use the Oceans, Seas, and Marine Resources

    • Michael G. Petterson, Hyeon-Ju Kim, Joel C. Gill
    Pages 339-367
  16. Life on Land

    • Eric O. Odada, Samuel O. Ochola, Martin Smith
    Pages 369-391
  17. Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

    • Joel C. Gill, Amel Barich, Nic Bilham, Sarah Caven, Amy Donovan, Marleen de Ruiter et al.
    Pages 393-421
  18. Partnerships for the Goals

    • Susanne Sargeant, Joel C. Gill, Michael Watts, Kirsty Upton, Richard Ellison
    Pages 423-451
  19. Back Matter

    Pages 469-474

About this 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 implementation of the SDGs. Unlike traditional geosciences textbooks, it is structured according to development priorities, framed in the context of the 17 SDGs. Written by international experts from diverse range of  geosciences / development disciplines, it explores themes linked to both science and the professional practice of science (e.g., ethics, equity, conduct, and partnerships). The book is intended for graduate and senior undergraduate students in the earth sciences, as well as practicing geologists and experts from other sectors involved in sustainability initiatives.


  • Sustainability textbook
  • International Development
  • Environmental Geoscience
  • Environmental Geology
  • Capacity Building
  • Geohazards
  • Water Security
  • Climate Change

Editors and Affiliations

  • Environmental Science Center, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, UK

    Joel C. Gill

  • The Lyell Centre, British Geological Survey (BGS Global Geoscience), Edinburgh, UK

    Martin Smith

About the editors

Joel Gill is International Development Geoscientist at the British Geological Survey, and Founder/Executive Director of the not-for-profit organisation Geology for Global Development. Joel has a degree in Natural Sciences (Cambridge, UK), a Masters degree in Engineering Geology (Leeds, UK), and a PhD focused on multi-hazards and disaster risk reduction (King’s College London, UK). For the last decade, Joel has worked at the interface of Earth science and international development, and plays a leading role internationally in championing the role of geoscience in delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has coordinated research, conferences, and workshops on geoscience and sustainable development in the UK, India, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, and Guatemala. Joel regularly engages in international forums for science and sustainable development, leading an international delegation of Earth scientists to the United Nations in 2019. Joel has prizes from the London School of Economics and Political Science for his teaching related to disaster risk reduction, and Associate Fellowship of the Royal Commonwealth Society for his international development engagement. Joel is a Fellow and Trustee of the Geological Society of London. Joel tweets at @JoelCGill.

Martin Smith is a Science Director with the British Geological Survey and Principle Investigator for the BGS ODA Programme Geoscience for Sustainable Futures (2017-2021). He has a first degree in Geology (Aberdeen) and a PhD on tectonics (Aberystwyth, UK). A survey geologist by training Martin has spent a career studying geology both in the UK and across Africa and India. As Chief Geologist for Scotland and then for the UK he has worked closely with government and industry on numerous applied projects including in the UK on national crises, major infrastructure problems, decarbonisation research and urban geology and overseas for DIFD-funded development projects in Kenya, Egypt and Central Asia. Martin is a Chartered Geologist and fellow of the Geological Society of London. He was awarded an MBE for services to geology in 2016.

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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-38815-7
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  • Readable on all devices
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 79.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 109.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)