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Research Profile

Dr Chris Groves 

Memberships / External Activities


  • With Paul Anderson (Warwick, Sociology), March - November 2006, advising Campaign against the Pressure Reduction Installation (CAPRI), Corse/Tirley, Gloucestershire, including a submission to Planning Enquiry on Gas Pressure Reduction Station (PRI), Corse, P0624/06/FUL (Environmental law, risk assessment, ethics of risk, impact of uncertainty on community resilience).
  • With Paul Anderson, February - May 2009, for Harrison Grant Solicitors, contributing advice to the drafting of an application for Judicial Review of the UK Government’s decision to support expansion of Heathrow Airport (Ethics of technological risk, environmental law).
  • Written evidence to House of Lords Select Committee on Nanotechnologies and Food, 9 June 2009 (ethics of decision making under uncertainty, participatory technology assessment).

Chris is also an External Associate of the ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS) at Cardiff University.

Invited Presentations

Nanotechnology in the UK: future scenarios and adaptive governance”, FoodDrinkEurope Nanotechnology Stakeholder Meeting, Hotel Silken Belaymont Brussels, 5 October 2011.

“Regulating Nanotechnology in the UK: An Overview and Prospects”, Products, Privacy and People: Regulating on the Nanoscale, Biocentre Symposium, House of Lords, 28 February 2011.

 “The public perception of nanotechnology: is it all about risk?”, Nanomaterials 2010, Hotel Russell, London, 9-10 June 2010.

 “Future Conflicts: On The Politics of Uncertainty”, Transformation and the Dynamics of (Radical) Change: Insights from Political Theory and Philosophy, School of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland, 28-29 November 2008.

 “Narratives, Uncertainty and Nanoethics”, Cardiff University NanoNet Meeting 2008, Julian Hodge Lecture Theatre, Cardiff University, 13 November 2008.

 “Living with Uncertainty: the Limits of ‘Risk Thinking’”, Future Ethics Workshop 2: What Price Security?, Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester, 19 September 2008.

 “Environmental Futures and Value Conflicts”, Understanding Conflicts, Aarhus University, Denmark, 19-22 August 2008

 “Care, Fear and Precaution: Learning to Live with Uncertainty”, The New Sciences of Protection - Designing Safe Living, Lancaster University, May 2008

"The Humanities and the Shaping of Social Futures", Keynote Presentation, International Humanities Conference, American University of Paris, Paris, 18 July 2007.

"Taking Responsibility for the Future: Care and Value Conflicts", Conflict and Identity: On Conflict Resolution, Department of Philosophy, Aarhus University, Denmark, 23-24 November 2006.