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(This page lists some of Prof Balmer's publications.)
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B. Balmer, Secrecy and Science: A Historical Sociology of Biological and Chemical Warfare (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2012)
B.Balmer, Britain and Biological Warfare: Expert Advice and Science Policy 1930-65 (Basingstoke:Palgrave, 2001).
A. Gómez, A.F. Canales, B. Balmer (eds), Science Policies and Twentieth Century Dictatorships: Spain, Italy and Argentina (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2015)
B. Rappert and B. Balmer (eds), Absence in Science, Security and Policy: From Research Agendas to Global Strategies (Basingstoke: Palgrave, in press)
History of Biological and Chemical Warfare Policy
B. Balmer, 'An Open Day for Secrets: Biological Warfare, Steganography and Hiding Things in Plain Sight' in B. Rappert and B. Balmer (eds), Absence in Science, Security and Policy: From Research Agendas to Global Strategies (Basingstoke: Palgrave, in press)
B. Balmer, 'The Social Dimension of Technology: The Control of Chemical and Biological Weapons' in Gonzalez, W.J. (ed) New Perspectives on Technology, Values and Ethics: Theoretical and Practical Discussions. Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science. (Dortrecht: Springer, in press).
J. Agar and B. Balmer, 'Defence Research and Genetic Engineering: Fears and Dissociation in the 1970s' in Sleigh, C and Leggett, D (eds) Scientific Governance in Britain, 1914-1979 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming)
B.Balmer, Secrecy and Science: A Historical Sociology of Biological and Chemical Warfare (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2012).
C.McLeish and B. Balmer, 'Discovery of the V-Series Nerve Agents' in Tucker, J (ed) Innovation, Dual-Use, and Security: Managing the Risks of Emerging Biological and Chemical Technologies (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2012).
B. Balmer (2010), "Keeping Nothing Secret: United Kingdom Chemical Warfare Policy in the 1960s", The Journal of Strategic Studies Vol 33 No 6 pp.871-893.
B. Balmer, ‘How Does Secrecy Work? Keeping and Disclosing Secrets in the History of the UK Biological Warfare Programme’, in Rappert, B and McLeish, C (eds), A Web of Prevention: Biological Weapons, Life Sciences and the Governance of Research (London: Earthscan, 2007) pp.173-188.
B.Balmer, ‘A Secret Formula, A Rogue Patent and Public Knowledge about Nerve Gas: Secrecy as a Spatial-Epistemic Tool’, Social Studies of Science, 36 (5) (2006) pp.691-722.
B.Balmer, 'The British Program' in, Wheelis, M, Rozsa, L and Dando, M (eds), Deadly Cultures: Biological Weapons Since 1945 (Cambridge Mass: Harvard University Press, 2006).
B.Balmer, ‘How Does an Accident Become an Experiment? Secret Science and the Exposure of the Public to Biological Warfare Agents’, Science as Culture Vol.13 (2) pp.197-228 (June 2004).
B.Balmer, 'Using the Population Body to Protect the National Body: Germ Warfare Tests in the UK after WWII', for Goodman, J, McElligott, A and Marks, L (eds.) Useful Bodies: Humans in the Service of Medical Science in the Twentieth. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press (2003).
B.Balmer, 'Killing "Without the Distressing Preliminaries": Scientists' Defence of the British Biological Warfare Programme', Minerva Vol.40 (2002), pp57-75.
B. Balmer, 'Biological Weapons: The Threat in Historical Perspective', Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Vol. 18 No. 2 (April-June 2002) pp120-137.
B. Balmer, Britain and Biological Warfare: Expert Advice and Science Policy 1930-65(Basingstoke:Palgrave, 2001).
G. Carter and B. Balmer, 'Chemical and Biological Warfare and Defence, 1945-90' in R. Bud and P. Gummett (eds.) Cold War, Hot Science: Applied Research in Britain's Defence Laboratories 1945-1990 (Harwood, 1999).
B.Balmer, 'The Drift of Biological Weapons Policy in the UK 1945-65' in The Journal of Strategic Studies Vol.20 No.4 (December 1997) pp.115-145.
Military Technologies, Security and Society
B.Rappert and B.Balmer, 'Ignorance is Strength? Intelligence, Security and National Secrets' in Gross, M and McGoey, L (eds), Routledge International Handbook of Ignorance Studies (London: Routledge, 2015).
B. Rappert, B. Balmer and J. Stone, ‘Science, Technology and the Military: Priorities, Preoccupations and Possibilities’, in Hackett, E et al (Eds), The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies (3rd Edition. Cambridge Mass: MIT Press, 2008).
B. Rappert and B. Balmer, ‘Rethinking “Secrecy” and “Disclosure” ’, in Rappert, B (ed), Technology and Security: Governing Threats in the New Millenium (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007).
Translated as ‘Replanteando el secreto y la revelación’ in Gómez Rodríguez, A and Canales Serrano, AF (eds) Ciencia y Fascismos: La Ciencia Espańola de Posguerra (Barcelona: Laertes 2009)
J. Agar and B. Balmer, 'British Scientists and the Cold War: The Defence Research Policy Committee and Information Networks, 1947-1963, Historical Studies in the Physical Sciences, vol. 28, no. 2, (1998), pp. 209-252.
Research Volunteers and The Subject-Researcher Relationship in Biomedical Research
N. Morris, V. Armstrong and B. Balmer, 'Constructing a Safe Research Environment: Technology Talk Between Researchers and Volunteer Research Subjects', Health, Risk & Society (2009) 11(2):99-116.
N. Morris and B. Balmer, ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably? Perspectives of the Researchers and the Researched on ‘being comfortable’, Accountability in Research, (2006) Vol 13 pp111-133.
N. Morris and B. Balmer, ‘Volunteer Human Subjects’ Understanding of their Participation in a Biomedical Research Experiment’, Social Science & Medicine, (2006), Vol 62 (4) pp 998-1008
B.Balmer, ‘Commentary on T.B. Newman’s The Power of Stories Over Statistics’ in Hurwitz, B, Greenhalgh, T and Skultans, V (eds), Narrative Research in Health and Illness (Oxford: Blackwell, BMJ Books. 2004) pp.273-75.
Norma Morris, Jeremy C. Hebden, Tara Bland, Brian Balmer, 'Role of patient feedback in the design and implementation of clinical trials of optical tomography of the breast' in David A. Boas (Ed.) Photon Migration and Diffuse-Light Imaging: Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 5138 pp.12-22, Oct 2003.
History of the 'Brain Drain' Debate in the UK
Balmer, B., Gregory, J., Godwin, M. (2013). La migración científica y el debate sobre la fuga de cerebros en el Reino Unido en los años sesenta. (Scientific Migration and the ‘Brain Drain’ debate in the UK in the 1960s). In Gómez Rodríguez, A., Canales, A. F. (Eds.). Estudios Políticos de la Ciencia: Políticas y Desarrollo Científico en el Siglo XX. Madrid: Plaza y Valdés. pp185-202.
Godwin, M, Gregory, J and Balmer, B (2009), 'The Anatomy of the Brain Drain Debate, 1950-1970s: Witness Seminar', Contemporary British History, Vol 1 pp35-60
Balmer, B, Godwin, M and Gregory, J (2009), 'The Royal Society and the 'Brain Drain': Natural Scientists Meet Social Science', Notes and Records of the Royal Society 63: 339-353.
Science Policy, Biotechnology and Genetics
J. Turney and B. Balmer, 'The Genetic Body' in R. Cooter and J. Pickstone, Medicine in the 20th Century (Harwood, 2000).
B. Balmer, R. Davidson, N. Morris, 'Funding Research through Directed Research Programmes: AIDS and the Human Genome Project in the UK', Science and Public Policy, vol. 25, no. 3 (June 1998), pp. 185-194.
B. Balmer, ‘Transitional Science and the Human Genome Mapping Project Resource Centre’ in Glasner, P and Rothman, H (eds), Genetic Imaginations: Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in Human Genome Research (Ashgate Publishing, 1998) pp.7-19.
B. Balmer, 'The Political Cartography of the Human Genome Project', Perspectives on Science Vol.4 No.3 (1996) pp.249-282.
B. Balmer, 'Managing Mapping in the Human Genome Project' in Social Studies of Science, Vol.26 (1996) pp.531-73.
B. Balmer, 'Gene Mapping and Policy Making: Australia and the Human Genome Project', Prometheus, Vol.12 No.1 (1994) pp.3-18.
B. Balmer and M. Sharp, 'The Battle for Biotechnology: Scientific and Technological Paradigms in the Management of Biotechnology in Britain in the 1980s', Research Policy, Vol. 22 (1993) pp.463-478.
B. Balmer and B.R. Martin, ‘Who’s Doing What in Human Genome Research?’, Scientometrics Vol. 22 No. 3 (1991), pp. 369-377.
B. Rappert and B. Balmer, 'Concluding Absences' in B. Rappert and B. Balmer (eds), Absence in Science, Security and Policy: From Research Agendas to Global Strategies (Basingstoke: Palgrave, in press)
A. Gómez, B. Balmer and A.F. Canales, 'Science policy under democracy and dictatorship: an introductory essay' in A. Gómez, A.F. Canales, B. Balmer (eds), Science Policies and Twentieth Century Dictatorships: Spain, Italy and Argentina (Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, 2015)
A. Gómez, and B. Balmer. 'Ciencia y política: una cuestión de fronteras'. In Gómez Rodríguez, A., Canales, A. F. (Eds.). Estudios Políticos de la Ciencia: Políticas y Desarrollo Científico en el Siglo XX. Madrid: Plaza y Valdés. 2013 pp15-34.
Davies,G., Balmer,B., Barker,K., Doubleday,R., Milne,R. (2008), Locating Technoscience: An on-line reader exploring the geographies of science and technology
S. Wyatt and B. Balmer, 'Home on the Range: What and Where is the Middle in Science and Technology Studies?' Introduction to special edition on Middle Range Theory in STS, Science, Technology & Human Values (2007) 32(6) pp619-626.
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