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Marga Quince is an engineering geologist and committee member of the Ground Engineering Group South Wales, a specialist sub-group of the Institution of Civil Engineers Cymru/Wales.

Her first few working years were in administration, in Tunisia, England and France. Thereafter, having gained a degree in Geology from Aberystwyth University and wishing to make her home in Wales she started work with the Polytechnic of Wales (now the University of South Wales) in 1978, initially as geological curator and subsequently lecturer in applied and engineering geology, programme leader, senior pastoral tutor and occasional consultant on slope stability, rock and roadstone assessment.

Taking early retirement in 2007 in order to look for work in the developing world, she joined PONT (Partnerships Overseas Networking Trust, an organisation linking the communities of Rhondda-Cynon-Taf and Mbale in eastern Uganda) in the same year, as member of ATEB (Appropriate Technology, Engineering and Business Development group) the University of South Wales, and Environment groups of PONT, the last two of which she coordinates. She has been involved, through a Welsh Government contract with the University of South Wales, in the UNDP-sponsored Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) programme and the subsequent development of the Integrated Territorial Climate Plan for the Mbale Region.

She is a French speaker and keen Welsh learner.


Teaching experience:
Engineering geology: engineering classification of rocks and soils; aspects of slope stability and subsidence; geology for civil engineering purposes.
Mapping and fieldwork in the U.K. and Europe.
Microscopy (rock-forming and ore mineralogy).

Development experience:
Community development in a slum area.
Rock slope stability.
Consultancy for the Welsh Government on environmental topics in Uganda.
Earth sciences for international development.


Jenkins, Kinuthia, Mofor, Thomas, Quince, Abu Tair and Okotel, (2012) Community based resilience building: normative meets narrative in Mbale, 2012, Environmental Hazards, Earthscan




Ground Engineering Group South Wales (specialist subgroup of the Institution of Civil Engineers Cymru/Wales) – committee member


Consultancy experience:
Rock analysis: Grenada, U.K.
Coastal erosion: Isle of Wight
Slope stability: Isle of Wight, Mbale Region, Uganda.

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