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Prof Brian Balmer
  • Professor of Science Policy Studies
  • Dept of Science & Technology Studies
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences
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Research Summary

My research interests focus on the nature of scientific expertise, and the role of experts in science policy formation, particularly within the life sciences. My specific interests combine historical and sociological approaches and include: policies for biotechnology and genetics; military technology and arms limitation - particularly the history of chemical and biological warfare; the role of volunteers in biomedical research; science policy and the sociology of science.

For my full web-pages please go to: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/staff/balmer

Teaching Summary

For my full teaching duties and related responsibilities please see:

HPSC2001: Policy Issues in the Life Sciences

HPSC3002: Science, Warfare and Peace

Academic Background
1993 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Science and Technology Policy Studies University of Sussex
1990 MSc Master of Science – Science, Technology and Industrialisation University of Sussex
1987 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Pure and Applied Biology University of Oxford
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