Mr Andrew Bloodworth

Mr Andrew Bloodworth

Science Director for Minerals and Waste

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3495

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Andrew is responsible for BGS research related to mineral and metal resource management and security, the future safe geological disposal of radioactive waste, as well as energy topics related to renewables, energy storage and clean coal. The development of collaborative research related to the societal impact of BGS geosciences is also his responsibility. Andrew’s own research interests include resource security and critical raw materials, regulatory issues associated with minerals extraction and the impact of mining on the developing world. In 2008 he was an expert contributor to the Government Office for Science Foresight Project on ‘Land-Use Futures’ and recently chaired the UK Mineral Forum’s Working Groups on both Security of Supply and Mineral Extraction in National Parks. He teaches a course on the 'Socio-economics and politics of mining' at Camborne School of Mines (University of Exeter). In addition to having experience of the UK minerals sector, he has also worked extensively in Africa and was formerly the Mining Advisor to the UK Department for International Development with a particular interest in the development impacts of small-scale and artisanal mining. Prior to that, he worked on a wide variety of projects related to minerals as a path to poverty reduction in the developing world and on mineralogical research related to radioactive waste disposal. Andrew is a Chartered Geologist and an Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He a council member and a non-executive director of the Mineral Industries Research Organisation and an Honorary Fellow in the Earth Science Department, University of Durham. Memberships include the UK Minerals Forum, the CBI Minerals Group (observer) and the Mineral Resources Expert Group of EuroGeosurveys.


  •  2005 – ongoing : BGS Science Director for Minerals & Waste
  •  2002 –2003 : Mining Advisor, UK Department for International Development
  •  1995 –1997 : Project leader of mining investment promotion project, Namibia
  •  1989 –1991 : Science Administration, BGS
  •  1980 : MSc University of Hull, Industrial Mineralogy
  •  1980 –1989 : Mineralogist, BGS
  •  1979 : BSc (Hons) University of Hull, Geology

Current projects and collaboration

  • Co-Investigator on NERC-funded 'Hosana' catalyst grant looking at approaches to mitigating mineral criticality
  • Critical minerals (with Camborne School of Mines, other HEIs and industry)
  • Short course at Camborne School of Mines on “Mining and Society”

Professional association

  •  2008 : 2008–Associate Member, Royal Town Planning Institute
  •  1995 : 1995–Chartered Geologist
  •  1979 : 1979–Member, Yorkshire Geological Society

Research interests

  • Impact of mining on the developing world
  • Public perception of minerals extraction and radioactive waste disposal
  • Regulatory issues associated with minerals extraction and waste disposal
  • Security of mineral supply and resource limits

Boards and committees

  • Council member and non-executive director, Mineral Industry Research Organisation
  • Member of UK Minerals Forum
  • Observer, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Minerals Group


  • Industrial mineral resource evaluation
  • Science communication
  • Spatial planning related to mineral supply and demand

Published outputs

Key papers

Bloodworth, A.J. 2014. Track flows to manage technology-metal supply: Recycling cannot meet the demand for rare metals used in digital and green technologies. Nature, 505. 19-20.

BLOODWORTH, A J. 2014. A once and future extractive history of Britain. pp 1-6 in: Hunger, E., Brown, T. and Lucas, G. (eds) Proceedings of the 17th Extractive Industry Geology conference, EIG Conferences Ltd.

Bloodworth, Andrew; Gunn, Gus. 2012. The future of the global minerals and metals sector : issues and challenges out to 2050. Geosciences: BRGM's journal for a sustainable Earth, 15. 90-97.

BLOODWORTH, A J, SCOTT, P W and MCEVOY, F M. 2009. Digging the backyard: Mining and quarrying in the UK and their impact on future land use. Land Use Policy.

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