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 responsible for BGS activities in Wales and SW England and spends part of his time in Cardiff. Andrew’s own interests include mineral and metal security, material flows and limits. He also has interests in regulatory issues associated with minerals extraction and the impact of mining on the developing world. 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. In addition to experience of the UK minerals sector, he has worked extensively in the developing world and was formerly the Mining Advisor to the UK DfID, and has continued to work with DfID through their iFUSE expert programme. Andrew is a founder member of the UK Minerals Forum, a member the EuroGeosurveys Mineral Resources Expert Group and an observer member of the Confederation of British Industry Minerals Group. He is a Chartered Geologist and a chartership scrutineer for the Geological Society of London. Andrew is also an Honorary Fellow at the University of Durham and Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is also a member the Management Board of the Brussels-based Minerals4EU Foundation and a member of the Executive Board of Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Low Carbon, Energy and Environment.


  • 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
  • Observer, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Minerals Group

Current projects and collaboration

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

Key papers

  • 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, 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.
  • 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