A UK perspective on tackling the geoscience racial diversity crisis in the Global North

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  • Natasha Dowey
  • Jenni Barclay
  • Ben Fernando
  • Jacqueline Houghton
  • Christopher Jackson
  • Anjana Khatwa
  • Anya Lawrence
  • Keely Mills
  • Alicia Newton
  • Steven Rogers
  • Rebecca Williams


Geoscientists have a key role to play in the grand challenges of the 21st Century, but our subject has not addressed the legacy of the past when it comes to diversity and inclusion. Data on diversity in geoscience postgraduate research at UK universities reveals a similarly bleak picture of ethnic minority representation to that at US universities. We outline steps that institutions can take to break down barriers that have made the geosciences amongst the worst for racial minority representation, and to make our discipline equitable.


Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Geoscience
Early online date29 Apr 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Apr 2021