Joel Gill MA (Cantab) MSc FGS

Founder/Director, Geology for Global Development
PhD Researcher, King's College London
Class Teacher, London School of Economics and Political Science

Overview: My core work focuses on increasing the effective application of geology to international development, supporting the fight against global poverty. I aim to integrate both physical and social science techniques within both my practitioner work and research. I currently have field experience in Chile, China, Guatemala, India, Tanzania and Uganda, working in the disciplines of both water and natural hazards.

Current Research: My PhD research aims to increase our understanding and the characterisation of natural hazard interactions (e.g., one hazard triggering another hazard), so as to improve multi-hazard risk assessments.
The challenge of cross-disciplinary communication and integration into stakeholder communities will also be addressed through the development of innovative ways of visualising natural hazards and their interactions. Objectives include: (i) complete a broad review, classification and visualisation of possible natural hazard interactions; (ii) consider how anthropic processes (e.g., groundwater abstraction trigger natural hazards or catalyse natural hazard interactions; (iii) analyse and characterise networks of interacting hazards from multiple past case studies; (iv) undertake fieldwork in Guatemala to evaluate potential hazard interactions and contrast various knowledge worlds (scientific literature, local residents, local hazard professionals).

Teaching Experience:
- Class Teacher (geohazards and disaster risk reduction), Environment: Science and Society, Department of Geography and Environment, London School of Economics.
- Class Assistant (mineralogy and petrology), Methods in Physical Geography (Yr 2), Department of Geography, King's College London.
- Guest Lecturer (multihazard assessments), Advanced Natural Hazards (Yr 3), Department of Geography, King's College London.

Gill, J. C., and B. D. Malamud (2014), Reviewing and visualizing the interactions of natural hazards, Rev. Geophys., 52, doi:10.1002/2013RG000445. (Open Access).

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