Andrew Bloodworth

Andrew Bloodworth

Policy director
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As Policy Director, Andrew’s role is to lead and co-ordinate BGS interaction with policy- and decision-makers in the public sector. He is also Deputy Chief Scientist for the BGS Decarbonisation and Resource Management challenge area.

His interests include resource security and critical raw materials, regulatory issues associated with minerals extraction and the impact of mining on the developing world. 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 to mineralogical research related to radioactive waste disposal.  Andrew is a Chartered Geologist, an Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has been a council member and a trustee of the Geological Society of London. He is also a member of the EuroGeosurveys Mineral Resources Expert Group.


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Andrew Bloodworth’s Biography

  • 2019 – ongoing: BGS Policy Director
  • 2005 – 2019: 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

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

Current projects and collaborations

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


NERC Open Research Archive — Andrew Bloodworth

Key papers

2020: Lusty, P, Bloodworth, A J, and Stephenson, M Reserve judgement: Focus effort on decarbonisation not depletion. BGS Science briefing paper.

2019: Bloodworth, A J, Petavratzi, E, and Gunn, A G Metals and decarbonisation: a geological perspective. BGS Science briefing paper.

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



  • Science communication
  • Critical raw materials
  • Spatial planning related to mineral supply and demand

Professional associations

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

Boards and commitees

  • Member of UK Minerals Forum
  • Ongoing: Observer, Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Minerals Group
  • 2018 – 2021: Council Member and Trustee, Geological Society of London

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