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dr. Clare Shelley-Egan

Dr. C. Shelley Egan (Clare)
Post-doc researcher

General information

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



  • 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)

Other activities

  • Dutch language courses: achievement of CEF (Common European Framework) Level B2 (Independent user of the language)