Andrew Bloodworth

Mr Andrew Bloodworth

Science Director for Minerals and Waste

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3495

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As BGS Science Director for Minerals and Waste, Andrew is responsible for all BGS research related to mineral resources and the geological disposal of radioactive waste. Andrew is also accountable for BGS activities in Wales and SW England. Andrew’s own interests include mineral and metal security, material flows and limits, as well as regulatory issues associated with minerals extraction and the impact of mining on the developing world. He has worked extensively in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world, mainly on issues related to capacity building for resource management. Andrew was formerly Mining Advisor to the UK Department for International Development. He has been an invited expert contributor to the HM Government Office for Science Foresight Project on Land-Use Futures and on their recent project looking at resources from waste. He has also chaired the UK Mineral Forum’s Working Groups on UK Security of Supply and on Mineral Extraction in National Parks and AONBs. Andrew is a Chartered Geologist and an Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is also a Council Member and Trustee of the Geological Society of London. Andrew is a member of the UK Minerals Forum, the Confederation of British Industry Minerals Group 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

Boards and committees

  • Member of UK Minerals Forum
  • – ongoing Observer, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Minerals Group
  • 2018 – ongoing : Council Member and Trustee, Geological Society of London


Current projects and collaboration

  • Critical minerals (with Camborne School of Mines, other HEIs and industry)

Key papers

  • 2017 : Bloodworth, A J, Gunn, A G, and Petavratzi, E. 2017. Mining and resource recovery. In: From waste to resource recovery. Government Office for Science, 95-108.
  • 2014 : 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.
  • 2014 : 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.
  • 2012 : Bloodworth, A, and Gunn, G. 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.
  • 2009 : 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.

Professional association

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

Published outputs

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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


  • Science communication
  • Spatial planning related to mineral supply and demand