Brian Balmer is Professor in Science Policy Studies.
- HPSC 2001: Policy Issues in the Life Sciences
- HPSC 2023: Sociology of Science
- HPSCGA41 STS Perspectives on Security and War
DPhil and MSc in Science and Technology Policy Studies, University of Sussex.
BA (Hons) Pure & Applied Biology, University of Oxford
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; the role of volunteers in biomedical research; science policy and the sociology of science.
- History of chemical and biological warfare research and policy in the UK(Click here for details of AHRC funded Research Project on the History of the Biological Weapons Convention)
- The subject-researcher relationship in biomedical research
(Click here for details of ESRC funded Research Project)
- The history of the 'brain drain' debate in the UK (Click here for details of ESRC funded Research Project)
- Science policy and the Human Genome Mapping Project
I have supervised - and continue to supervise - a range of PhD students on topics related to science policy and sociology of science. This is a list of completed PhDs that I have supervised:
- Raquel Velho (2017) "Fixing the Gap: An Investigation into Wheelchair User's shaping of London Transport" (co-supervised with Catherine Holloway, Engineering/Computer Science)
- Samantha Vanderslott (2017) "Neglect in Policy Problems: The Case of Neglected Tropical Diseases" (co-supervised by Jack Stilgoe, STS)
- Sara Peres (2016), "Saving the Gene Pool: Genebanks and the Political Economy of Crop Germplasm Conservation" (co-supervised with Gail Davies and Sam Randalls, Geography)
- Kajsa-Stina Longuere (2015), "The Governance of Nanotechnologies and Nanoscience: Promotion vs. Regulation" (co-supervised with Steve Miller, STS).
- Eitan Buchlater (2014), "Ideas in Science: An Ethnographic Study" (co-supervised with David Napier, Anthropology)
- Nissen, Timothy (2014), "Designing for Socially Acceptable Security Technologies" (co-supervised with Alex Braithwaite, Politics)
- Shana Vijayan (2013), "Performance Anxiety: The Nature of Performance Management in the NHS Under New Labour" (co supervised with Graham Scambler, Dept of Infection & Population Health; Charles Thorpe, STS)
- Marta Entradas (2011), "Who's for the planets? - An analysis of the 'public for space exploration' and views of practitioners on their 'publics' and public communication" (co-supervised with Steve Miller, STS)
- Aicardi, Christine (2010). "Harnessing non-modernity: A case study in Artificial Life" (supervised with Joe Cain, STS)
- Milne, Richard (2009) "No natural home": Placing the promise of biopharming (supervised with Gail Davies, Geography)
- Riesch, Hauke (2008) Scientists' views on the scientific method (supervised with Hasok Chang, STS)
- Washer, Peter (2006) Representations of newly emerging and re-emerging diseases (supervised with Helene Joffe, Psychology)
- Stilgoe, Jack (2004) Mobile health risks: attempting a sociology of public science (supervised with Jon Turney, STS)
- Doubleday, Rob (2003) Corporate uses of "transparency" in GM food controversies (supervised with Gail Davies, Geography)
- Jane Calvert (2001) Goodbye blue skies? The concept of ‘basic research’ and its role in a changing funding environment (supervised with Ben Martin, SPRU)
- Hedgecoe, Adam (2000) Narratives of geneticization: cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and schizophrenia (supervised with Jon Turney, STS)
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
Doctor of Philosophy
Science and Technology Policy Studies
|University of Sussex|
Master of Science
Science, Technology and Industrialisation
|University of Sussex|
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Pure and Applied Biology
|University of Oxford|