Project 685 - Geology for Sustainable Developement

Brief outline of the project

Geoscience knowledge, experience, and guidance are critical for addressing many of society’s most acute resource needs and environmental challenges, yet few geoscientists have directly engaged in current discourses around sustainable development. That is surprising given that many attributes make modern geoscience well placed to make critical contributions to overcoming societal challenges.

In the GeoSD project, we tackle the apparent disconnect between geoscience and the public and policy arenas. Integrating the experience of geoscience practitioners across a range of fields, we explore how geoscience and geoscientists is directly confronting and overcoming societal challenges. The project brings together an international interdisciplinary network of researchers, industry professionals and geoscience association partners, to address three fundamental research questions.

  1. What are the geoscientific principles and practices that underpin ‘sustainability’ and how are they manifest across the georesources sector?
  2. How can current sustainability-related practices in real-world geoscience (mining, oil & gas, construction) be better integrated into geoscience education and training?
  3. How can geoscientific knowledge be more effectively communicated for publics and policy?

By integrating the results of these research questions, we aim to establish a global framework by which geoscience and geoscientists can more effectively confront critical societal concerns.

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