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Prof Brian Balmer
Department of Science & Technology Studies
22 Gordon Square
Tel: 0207 679 3924
  • 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: military technology and arms limitation - particularly the history of chemical and biological warfare; policies for biotechnology and genetics; scientific migration and the 'brain drain'; 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

For my AHRC funded project on the historical context of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention go to:  https://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/historical-context-origins-biological-weapons-convention-bwc

Teaching Summary

For my full teaching duties and related responsibilities please see:

HPSC0012: Policy Issues in the Life Sciences

HPSC0039: Science, Warfare and Peace

HPSC0088: STS Perspectives on Security and War

I have supervised 18 PhD students on topics related to science policy and the sociology of science and technology.  Many of the topics related to understanding developments in the life sciences in their social, political and economic context.

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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