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Dr Christopher Groves

Dr Christopher Groves

Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences

+44(0) 29 2087 0466
Room 8.04, Tower Building
Media commentator

I am a sociologist and social philosopher, specialising in the understanding of risk and uncertainty, the ethics and social impact of new technologies, and the relationship between science and society. I have strong views on environmental issues, responsibilities to future generations, and on the need for academics to engage with audiences outside the university.

I'm comfortable with being a TV or radio guest, and have appeared on television programmes such as ITV Wales This Week. I also run Cardiff Philosophy Café.My new book, Care, Uncertainty and Intergenerational Ethics (publ. date 10/12/2014) has a supporting blog at

Honours and awards

International Award for Excellence in the Humanities 2006, awarded by New Directions in the Humanities.

Professional memberships

  • Member of Editorial Board, Futures (Elsevier)
  • Member of Advisory Board, Nanotherapeutics for Antibiotic Resistant Emerging Bacterial pathogens (NAREB)
  • FP7 project, Prof Brigitte Gicquel, institut Pasteur, France, February 2014 – January 2018

Academic positions

Previous positions at Cardiff University:
  • April 2011 – July 2013 Research Associate at Cesagen (Centre for Ethics and Social Aspects of Genomics and Epigenetics)
  • March 2008 – March 2011 Research Associate, BRASS, (ESRC Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society)
  • August 2007 – March 2008 Research Associate, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies
  • July 2005 – July 2007 Research Associate, School of Social Sciences

Speaking engagements

(2014), "Delegating the future: ethics, uncertainty and algorithms", Risk Futures: Advances in Understanding, Calculating and Managing Risk, 20-21 November 2014, University of Durham, UK

(2014), ''I've decided it's best to be confused': the co-evolution of technological infrastructures & future imaginaries in a West Wales low-impact community', 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (SNET), 21-14 September, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.

(2014), "'Care for the future' and re-embedding technological innovation", 6th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (SNET), 21-14 September, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.(2014), "Energy Biographies: Researching sustainable energy, inventing sustainable futures?", Futures in Question: Austerity Futures, 11-12 September, Goldsmiths College, London, UK

(2014), "Transformation and the psychosocial: biographies of attachment & energy practices", Lifecourse Transitions: Opportunities for Sustainable Lifestyles?, 15-16 July, University of Surrey, UK.

(2014), "Risk, Uncertainty, and Concern for Future People", Department of Philosophy Research Seminar, Cardiff University, 12 February.

(2014), "The place of care in an experimental society", New Technologies as Social Experiments workshop, 3TU: Centre of Excellence for Ethics and Technology, TU-Delft, 23-24 January 2014.

(2013), 'Personal Genomics: standardization as making a space for innovation', Standardization as space(s) for innovation, IFRIS/DIM International Workshop, 12-13 December 2013, Champs-sur-Marne, France

(2013), "Futures in the making", Hay Festival 2013, 24 May.

(2013) "Robot and Frank: Attachment and Identity", Cardiff sciSCREEN, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 20 March 2013.

(2012), "Is it all about risk? Learning the right lessons from GM for nanofoods", Ne3LS Research Network 1st Annual Conference, HEC Montréal, Montréal, Canada, 1-2 November (invitation from British High Commission, Canada).

(2012) "Horizons of care: from future imaginaries to responsible innovation", 4th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (SNET), 22-25 October, University of Twente, Netherlands

(2012), 'Understanding technological convergence: lessons from personal genomics', Challenges to Researching, Engaging & Governing the Messiness of Convergence - ESRC Genomics Network workshop, Edinburgh, 27-28 Sep 2012.

(2011), 'Promises-Prophecy-Prediction', From Bench to Brain,  BayArt, Cardiff, 31 October – 4 November,

(2011), "Nanotechnology in the UK: future scenarios and adaptive governance", FoodDrinkEurope Fourth Nanotechnology Stakeholder Dialogue Day, Hotel Silken Berlaymont, Brussels, 5 October 2011.

(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.

(2010), "Der Golem and Vitalism", Cardiff sciSCREEN, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 31 October 2010.

(2010), "The Political Imaginary of Care", Thinking (With)Out Borders II: The St Andrews International Political Theory Conference, 1-2 July, University of St Andrews.

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

(2008). "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, 8-9 May.

(2007) "The Humanities and the Shaping of Social Futures", International Humanities Conference, American University of Paris, Paris, 18 July 2007,

(2006), "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.














I am currently working on the Flexible Integrated Energy Systems (Flexis) project, working with colleagues from the School of Engineering ant Cardiff and other colleagues from the Universities of Swansea and South Wales (, looking at the social impact of new energy technologies (a woek package led by Professors Nick Pidgeon and Karen Henwood. Previously I worked on the linked Energy Biographies project ( The Flexis work is developing a Responsible Innovation framework for the UK transition to a more sustainable energy system. Responsible Innovation has been a central research interest of mine in previous posts at Cesagen, BRASS and in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff.