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Sam Weiss Evans

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 quantum.


Current Areas of Work

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


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


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


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.



When all research is dual use

It is a time for a change in the way we understand the relationship between science, security, and society. In my recent piece in Issues in Science and Technology, I…
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…


Social Construction

Ethics in the Lab Final Report

Over the course of the last 4 years, I have developed a set of experimental goverannce processes for changing the practice, policy, and pedagogy of science and engineering to better…
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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.

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