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Dr Claire Marris

Education/Academic qualification

  • Master of Science, University of Sussex

    1992
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Open University

    1990
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Bristol

    1984

Biographical details

Dr Claire Marris Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London. She is Deputy leader of the SSHM Research Group Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals and Public Policy(BPPP) and leads SSHM’s programme of research on the social dimensions of synthetic biology. This research is conducted within the Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation (CSynBI), which is a joint centre between SHHM at King’s and synthetic biologists at Imperial College London, founded in 2009 with funding from EPSRC.

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Her research is in the area of social scientific study of bioscience, with a particular focus on the nature, role and translational possibilities of advanced biosciences and biotechnology, in particular genetic modification and synthetic biology. She is interested in the ways in which a field of bioscience, such as synthetic biology, comes to be defined and problematized in different scientific, regulatory, political and public arenas, through for example risk regulation, R&D policy, public engagement activities, and organized opposition by social groups. Her most influential research has focused on understandings of science, risk and uncertainty among publics, scientists, and risk regulators.

Claire’s expertise is regularly sought after in policy circles. Recent examples include her appointment as a member of the Forum on Synthetic Biology of the US National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Science, Technology (on-going since April 2013) and of the expert group Observatoire de la Biologie de Synthèse convened by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research (on-going since January 2012). She was a member of the coordination group that produced the UK Synthetic Biology Roadmap in 2012, convened by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Claire was also commissioned to write a report for the Royal Society on the transnational governance of synthetic biology, and on public dialogue for synthetic biology by the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research, both in 2011.

Claire previously held academic positions at the London School of Economics (2009-2011), the French National Research Institute for Agronomic Research (INRA, 2000-2009), the Université de Versailles-Saint Quentin en Yvelines (1998-2000), the French Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety (1996-1998), the University of East Anglia (1992-1996) and Rothamsted Research (1985-1990). She has lived and worked in France as well as the UK and is an affiliate member of the Science en Societé Research Unit of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research and of the Institut Francilien Recherche Innovation Société.

Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

NAS Forum on Synthetic Biology

Claire Marris (Member)

Apr 2013 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Observatoire de la biologie de synthèse

Claire Marris (Member)

Jan 2012 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

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