International Association for Promoting Geoethics

Calling anyone interested in joining a Geoethics Special Interest Group

This is a call for all those interested in establishing a Geoethics Special Interest Group (SIG) within the GSNZ.

Geoethics consists of research and reflection on values underpinning behaviours and practices wherever human activities interact with the Earth system. This is especially pertinent in geological resource use, post-disaster response, geoheritage issues, and engaging with communities including Indigenous peoples. The GSNZ Geoethics SIG would enable Aotearoa New Zealand to join the list of countries affiliated with the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), which among other initiatives has established the International Union of Geological Sciences Commission on Geoethics.   

Establishing a GSNZ Geoethics SIG would provide members the following benefits:

  • A supportive community of like-minded people to explore Geoethics issues, including a topic-specific newsletter and online forums.
  • Face-to-face sessions at the GSNZ annual conference.
  • Through formal establishment of an Aotearoa New Zealand SIG, opportunities to engage internationally with the IAPG.

Under GSNZ Rules ten members are required to establish a SIG.  To indicate your interest, please email Matthew Hughes:

To be eligible to join the Geoethics Special Interest Group (SIG) you must be a GSNZ member.  If you wish to be part of this exciting new initiative please ensure your membership subscription is paid for the 2024-25 year. 

If you are not a current GSNZ member but would like to join this group, with its international affiliations, you can join here.

If you have any questions please contact  Matthew Hughes, Co-Director Humanitarian Engineering Programme, University of Canterbury