School of Social and Political Science

Joyce Tait

Job Title

Director - Innogen Institute


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Old Surgeons' Hall

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High School Yards

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Research interests

Research interests

Synthetic biology, GM technologies, drug development, stratified medicine, Policy Analysis, risk assessment and regulation, Stakeholder Theory, sustainable development, strategic management, cell therapies, Regenerative Medicine


Joyce Tait CV 2015 (PDF 183kb)


Recent Appointments

  • 2015 – 2016: Member, US National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Committee on Re-programming Non-human Populations using “Gene Drives”: Recommendations for Responsible Conduct of Research
  • 2014 – 2015: Member, ESRC/Research Councils UK Working Group on “Antimicrobial Resistance – Setting the Social Science Agenda” and “Scoping Workshop on Antimicrobial Resistance”.
  • 2014 – ongoing: Member, John Innes Centre Science and Impact Advisory Board.
  • 2014 – ongoing: AcademiaNet, portal for excellent women scientists.
  • 2014 – 2015: Member, Regenerative Medicine Expert Group, Regulation and Licensing Subgroup.
  • 2013 – 2014: Member, Scottish Science Advisory Council Working Group on Synthetic Biology
  • 2012 – ongoing: Member, Governance Committee, Scottish Funding Council project Industrially generated red blood cells for transfusion.
  • 2012 – 2014: Member, TSB Stratified Medicine Public Engagement Oversight Group
  • 2012 – ongoing: Member, Synthetic Biology Leadership Council, UK Government Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
  • 2012 – 2014: Member, UK Department of Health Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee.
  • 2012 – 14: Adviser to Technology Strategy Board in development of its synthetic biology Responsible Innovation Framework
  • 2012: Participant by invitation in Road-mapping consultations organised by UK Research Councils and Technology Strategy Board on stratified medicine, synthetic biology and regenerative medicine.
  • 2009 – 2011: Chair, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Working Party on 'New Approaches to Biofuels'
  • 2008 – ongoing: Board member, Roslin Foundation Board
  • 2006 – 2008: Member of the Governing Council of the Roslin Institute
  • 2004 – 2011: Member of the Scientific and Technical Council of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), Geneva
  • 2004 – 2010: Member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council

Current projects

Joyce has an interdisciplinary background in natural and social sciences including risk assessment and regulation, policy analysis, technology management, strategic and operational decision making in companies and public bodies. She is involved in the following Innogen projects:


Recent book chapters
  • Tait, J., (2014) Bringing it all Together. In Annual Report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, 2014. Innovation: Managing Risk not Avoiding It. Evidence and Case Studies, pp 129-136 (accessed 2/1/15)
  • Tait, J. (2012) “Innovation, Policy, and Public Interactions in the Management of Infectious Diseases”. Institute on Science for Global Policy Conference Report – Emerging and Persistent Infectious Diseases: Focus on Mitigation. Edinburgh, Oct. 23-26, 2011. Tucson Arizona, USA,
  • Milne, C-P and Tait, J. (2009) Evolution along the Government-Governance Continuum: impacts on medicines innovation in the United States. In eds. C. Lyall, T. Papaioannou and J. Smith, Limits to Governance: challenges of policy making for the new life sciences. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, pp 107-132.
  • Tait, Joyce (2009) 'Governing Synthetic Biology: processes and outcomes' in Synthetic Biology: the technoscience and its societal consequences, Chapter 9, Springer.
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Policy reports and briefings

A full list of Professor Tait's publications can be found on her CV - please see