Science and Technology Studies


STS offers degrees at each university level: undergraduate, masters, and PhD


Prof Brian Balmer

Professor of Science Policy Studies

Dept of Science & Technology Studies

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Sep 1994

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


University of Sussex
DPhil, Science and Technology Policy Studies | 1993
University of Sussex
MSc, Science, Technology and Industrialisation | 1990
University of Oxford
BA Hons, Pure and Applied Biology | 1987