Sam Weiss Evans

Senior Research Fellow, Program on Science, Technology & Society
Affiliate Fellow, Program on Emerging Technology
Research Affiliate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge
Lecturer, Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences & Fellow, Program in Science, Technology and Society
Affiliate Fellow, Program on Emerging Technology
Research Affiliate, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk

My research analyzes how groups decide an area of science or technology is a security concern and how that’s tied to the governance systems in which those decisions are made. Topically, I am currently focused on the governance of security concerns in early stage research in biology and other areas, including artificial intelligence.

Projects

Current Areas of Work
1

When should a society be concerned about the security aspects of its innovation pathways, and what should it do about it? 

2

How do Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholars manage relations with the subjects of their studies?

3

Since around 2012, I have been developing a focus on security governance in biology, especially synthetic biology

4

Multilateral export controls for much of the Cold War centered on the Coordinating Committee (CoCom). I maintain a digital archive of the British versions of the CoCom lists from 1954-1994.

Publications

iGEM from above 2016 – Justin Knight

iGEM and Gene Drives: A Case Study for Governance

Less than a year after the first published paper on CRISPR-CAS9 gene drives, an undergraduate team in the international Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition were trying to create one for…
Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, 4th edition

Knowledge and Security

The new Handbook of Science and Technology Studies is now available, and I was lucky enough to work with a set of colleagues on a chapter about “Knowledge and Security”.…

News

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ABSA 1st Biosecurity Symposium Keynote

The American Biological Safety Association (ABSA) International is getting serious about biosecurity. Over the last several years, it has initiated the development of a biosecurity credential for biosafety professionals, and…

Review of Controls for Emerging Technology

The US Government is asking for advice on how to identify and define emerging technology of security concern. You have until 19 December 2018 to provide your comments.

Get in touch

You can also email me at sam at evansresearch.org