Elen is the City Solicitors’ Educational Trust Lecturer in Property Law at Cardiff Law School, and an associate member of the ESRC-funded BRASS Research Centre at Cardiff University. Previously, she held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship at Manchester University.
Elen’s research explores the ways in which the law mediates and manages risks and scientific uncertainties, particularly those associated with new technologies. Recent work of hers looks at the notion that emerging technologies tend to be born into an inherited regulatory environment, becoming subject not only to the scope and content of existing regulations but also to their operational, institutional and behavioural features. Elen is interested in the consequences of applying pre-existing measures to rapidly evolving fields, such as nanotechnology and synthetic biology, and hydraulic fracturing (‘fracking’) for shale gas.