ReSToRE summer school: Bringing geoscience and society together for sustainable resource development


Image by Meenakshi Poti a researcher and artist who participated in the ReSToRE international summer school.


A contribution by Jen Roberts (University of Strathclyde), Anthea Lacchia (iCRAG at University College Dublin), & Geertje Schuitema (University College Dublin)

How can we sustainably supply future generations with earth resources, i.e., energy, water and minerals? This was the challenge that a group of 42 early-career scientists and practitioners from geoscience and social science backgrounds set out to tackle at the inaugural Researching Social Theories, Resources, and Environment (ReSToRE) International Summer School. The event was hosted by the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) and organised under the patronage of UNESCO. It took place in University College Dublin, Ireland, from 1st to 5th July 2019.

The week-long intensive programme of workshops and talks by leading experts united participants from 28 different nationalities, the majority of which were developing countries, representing institutions from 9 developing and 12 developed countries.

The summer school created a stimulating interdisciplinary setting for collaboration, and knowledge sharing and building networks. During the week, participants discussed emerging themes pertinent to the future of resourcing and consumption of earth materials, for example, what drives societal attitudes to the extraction industry? How can communities be engaged in resourcing projects? What are the barriers to a circular economy? How can earth materials be resources in an ethical and responsible way?

iCRAG, The International Union of Geological Sciences and Geological Survey Ireland were the organising sponsors of ReSToRE, which was run under the patronage of UNESCO. Sponsorship came from BHP, Boliden, Rio Tinto, Teck, with additional financial support received from IRC and UCD College of Business.

In addition to these organisations, the summer school program also involved experts from Cornell University (US), Cardiff University (UK), Plymouth University (UK), Newcastle University London (UK), Nottingham University Business School (UK), University of Strathclyde (UK), University of Groningen (Netherlands), Shinglespit Consultants Inc. and PetraScience Consultants.

For more information, including summer school resources and participant blogs, see:


Six ReSToRE participants from all over the world: in this from left to right, in back row: Emilio Castillo (from Chile), Halleluya Ekandjo (from Namibia), Muhammad Tahir (from Afghanistan), Geertje Schuitema (Director of ReSToRE). Front row: Laura Berdi (from Hungary), Josphat Nguu (from Kenya) and Sarah Caven (from Northern Ireland).

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