Dr. Clare Shelley-Egan obtained a BSc. Microbiology from University College Cork in 2003 and an MSc. Science Communication from Dublin City University in 2004. Clare worked as an Outreach and Communication Research Assistant at the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), National University of Ireland, Galway before undertaking an MSc. by Research in Science & Technology Studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2005. Following completion of the MSc. (R) in 2006, Clare joined STePS as a researcher on the European Commission - funded DEEPEN (Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies) project. Based on this project, she will work towards a PhD thesis, supervised by prof. dr. Arie Rip.
The DEEPEN project aims to establish an integrated understanding of the ethical issues posed by emerging nanotechnologies, to develop methodological tools for engaging civil society and the nanoscience community in ethical reflection and to develop recommendations for incorporating ethical understanding into research practices and governance structures.
As part of her work on the ‘Ethics in the Real World’ workpackage, Clare’s research will involve reconstructing and mapping de facto ethics which are embedded in the development of nanotechnology research practices and developing ways of enhancing ethical reflexivity within the nanoscience community.
Teaching instructor, 2nd Year European Studies Bachelor course - Project 3: EU and Climate Change. April 2009 – June 2009
D'Silva, J., Robinson, D.K.R. and Shelley-Egan, C. 2012. A game with rules in the making - how the high probability of waiting games in nanomedicine is being mitigated through distributed regulation and responsible innovation. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 26 (4), pp. 583-602.
Refereed scientific publications
Shelley-Egan, C. 2010. The Ambivalence of Promising Technology. NanoEthics, 4 (2), 183-189.
Shelley-Egan, C. 2009. Mapping Ethics in the Real World of Nanotechnology, pp. 147-155. IN: J. S. Ach and C. Weidemann (eds.) Size Matters. Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Nanobiotechnology and Nano-Medicine. LIT Verlag.
Rip, A. and Shelley-Egan, C. 2010. Positions and Responsibilities in the ‘Real’ World of Nanotechnology, pp. 31-38. IN: Von Schomberg. R. and Davies, S.R. (eds.) Understanding Public Debate on Nanotechnologies: Options for Framing Public Policy. Brussels: European Commission.
Reports of commissioned research
Rip, A. and Shelley-Egan, C. 2007. Review Statement: Ethics in the Real World. 45 pp. Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies (DEEPEN). A project funded by the European Commission.
Rip, A. and Shelley-Egan, C. 2008. Diagnosis Report: The Nature and Dynamics of De-Facto Ethics and the Possibilities of Enhancing Ethical Reflexivity in the Nano-World. 38pp. Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies (DEEPEN). A project funded by the European Commission.
Rip, A. and Shelley-Egan, C. 2009. Contributory Report: Enhancing Ethical Reflexivity in the Real World. 63 pp. Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies (DEEPEN). A project funded by the European Commission.
Selected paper presentations
Shelley-Egan, C. 2010. Positions and responsibilities in the world of nanotechnology. S.NET Conference, Darmstadt, 29 September – 2 October, 2010.
Shelley-Egan, C. 2009. The ethics of scientific promising in the development of nanotechnology. Expectation-building and innovation processes workshop, Zurich, 17-18 September, 2009.
Shelley-Egan, C. 2009. The articulation of responsible innovation by industrial actors in nanotechnology. S.NET Conference, Seattle, 8-11 September, 2009.
Rip, A. and Shelley-Egan, C. 2007. Deepening Ethical Engagement and Participation in Emerging Nanotechnologies. 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology Nanoethics Workgroup, Amersfoort, June 22, 2007.
Shelley-Egan, C. 2007. Patterns of moral argumentation in the reconstruction and mapping of de facto ethics in the nano-world. Summer School – ‘Nanobiotechnology & Nanomedicine – Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects’, Muenster, September 2007.
Shelley-Egan, C. 2009. Ethics and responsible development: companies in nanobiotechnology. EuroNanoBio WP4 Workshop Ancillary factors, Muenster, 8-9 June, 2009.
Other invited conference contributions
‘The Challenges in Bringing Innovation and Converging Technologies to the Consumer’ (Invited as an expert), European Commission, Brussels, 10th March, 2010.
‘Understanding Public Debate on Nanotechnologies’, (Invited as an expert), European Commission, Brussels, 9th March, 2010.
EuroNanoBio Roadmapping Workshop (Invited as an expert), Milan, 12 – 13 October, 2009.
Chair of Session 5c at the First Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies, Seattle, Washington, 8 – 11 September, 2009.
- Member of the Netherlands Graduate School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) former PhD representative on the Board of the WTMC Graduate Research School
- Affiliate member of the 3TU. Centre for Ethics and Technology
- Member of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)
- Member of the Society for Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET)
- Dutch language courses: achievement of CEF (Common European Framework) Level B2 (Independent user of the language)