Friday, February 28, 2020

36th IGC rescheduled

36th IGC organizers informed about new dates of the congress in Delhi (India):
9-14 November 2020.

36th IGC website:

IAPG events planned at the 36th IGC (to be confirmed):


IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Latest information about the 36th IGC

Dear Colleagues,

We inform you that the 36th IGC was stopped by the Government of India, as posted in the congress website:

We are worried about money losses of our colleagues who were going to attend the 36th IGC, most of whom had booked flight tickets, hotel accommodations, and travels from time, and already paid the congress registration fee.

We will keep you informed about the 36th IGC's policy for being reimbursed, hoping decisions about this issue will be taken very soon.

Kind regards,

IAPG Secretariat


IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics

Friday, February 14, 2020


We are happy to inform that the first book of the new SpringerBriefs in Geoethics sponsored by the IAPG has been published:

Jan Boon (2020). Relationships and the Course of Social Events During Mineral Exploration - An Applied Sociology Approach. SpringerBriefs in Geoethics, Springer International Publishing, pp. XIX + 125. ISBN 978-3030379254, doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-37926-1.

Jan Boon
This book provides the results of nine case studies of the course of social events in mineral exploration projects (mostly in Latin America). The author concluded that, while each case is sui generis, the underlying sociological processes are the same. This made it possible to develop a generalized model for the course of social events during mineral exploration. It consists of seven stages: (i) arrival of the project; (ii) initial meanings, interpretations and decisions; (iii) real dialogue; (iv) building relationships; (v) change processes; (vi) new relationships and social structures and (vii) the course of social events and perceived benefits and harms. Stages (iii) => (iv) => (v) => (iii) form a continuous iterative cycle. Dialogue and relationships are at the heart of the model. The text describes five of the nine case studies in some detail and illustrates how sociology explains the sociological processes in these projects. These examples, together with the final chapter that discusses the implications, provide many practical pointers for all actors involved: industry, communities, NGOs, home governments and host governments.

Read more about the book in Springer Link:

Read the IAPG Foreword by Nic Bilham and Giuseppe Di Capua and the Preface by Jan Boon:

Read more about the IAPG SpringerBriefs in Geoethics:

IAPG - International Association for Promoting Geoethics