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Dr. Peter Glasner

Cesagen Professorial Research Fellow


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Peter Glasner has undertaken research on current developments in post-genomics (particularly the rise of proteomics) and stem cell technologies in India and the UK. He has taught at a number of institutions in Britain, and was a foundation sociology lecturer at the Australian National University from 1971-1977. He has held visiting positions at the universities of Sussex, Bristol, and the West of England. He was a Morris Ginsberg Fellow at the London School of Economics in 1984, and an International Visiting Scholar at Griffith University, Queensland in 2009.

Peter Glasner’s longstanding interests are in the organisation and management of the new genetics, the development of innovative health technologies, and in public participation in techno-scientific decision-making. His research projects in this field have included the regulation of genetic engineering in Britain, the organization and management of the Human Genome Mapping Project, the public understanding of science, citizens’ juries, the development of proteomics, tissue engineering governance in Britain and Europe, embryonic stem cell research in India, and the UK Stem Cell Bank.

He has published twelve books, most recently (with Aditya Bharadwaj) Local Cells, Global Science: the Rise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in India and (co-edited with Paul Atkinson and Margaret Lock) Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era, both with Routledge in 2009. He is a founding editor of New Genetics and Society and Contemporary Social Science, and of the Routledge ‘Genetics and Society’ book series. He was President of the Association of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences (1992-5) and is an Academician (Fellow) of the Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



Atkinson, P., Glasner, P., and Lock, M. (eds). 2009. Handbook of Genetics and Society: Mapping the New Genomic Era. London: Routledge: xxvi + 539.

Bharadwaj, A., and Glasner, P. 2009. Local Cells, Global Science. The Rise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in India. London: Routledge: vii+137.

Atkinson, P., Glasner. P. and Greenslade, H. (eds). 2007. New Genetics, New Identities. London: Routledge: xii+196.

Glasner, P., Atkinson, P. and Greenslade, H. (eds). 2007. New Genetics, New Social Formations. London: Routledge: 2007. xiv+290.

Glasner, P. and Rothman, H. 2004. Splicing Life? The New Genetics and Society. Aldershot: Ashgate: vii+149

Glasner, P. (ed) 2004. Reconfiguring Nature. Issues and Debates in the New Genetics. Aldershot: Ashgate:xii+330.

Selected Journal Articles:

Glasner, P. ‘Cellular Division: Social and Political Complexity in Indian Stem Cell Research’ in H. Gottweis (ed) ‘Biopolitics in Asia’ Special Issue of New Genetics and Society, 28, 3, 2009, 283-296.

Stephens, N., Atkinson, P., and Glasner, P. 2008. ‘The UK Stem Cell Bank as Performative Architecture’, New Genetics and Society, 27, 1, 87-98.

Stephens, N., Atkinson, P., and Glasner, P. 2008. ‘The UK Stem Cell Bank: Securing the Past, Validating the Present, Protecting the Future’, Science as Culture, 17, 1, 43-56.

Glasner, P. 2007. ‘Cowboy cloners, mavericks and kings: a cautionary tale of a promissory science’. 21st Century Society: Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences. 3, 2, 2007, 265-274.

Glasner, P. and Rothman, H. 2007. ‘Ethics, Globalisation and the New Genetics’ Transformacie, 39 (40): 229-237.

Glasner, P. and Atkinson, P. 2006. ‘The Genome as Intermediary’, (Review Article), Body and Society, 12, 3, 123-6.

Calnan, M., Wainwright, D., Glasner, P., Newbury-Ecob, R., and Ferlie, E. 2006. ‘Medicine’s Next Goldmine? The Implications of the New Genetic Health Technologies for the Health Service’, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, 9, 33-41.

Glasner, P., ‘Banking on Immortality? Exploring the stem cell supply chain from embryo to therapeutic application’, in Current Sociology, 53 (2), 2005, 355-366.

Glasner, P. 2002. ‘Beyond the genome: reconstituting the new genetics’, New Genetics and Society 21, 3, 267-277.

Book Chapters:

Atkinson, P., Glasner, P., and Lock, M. 2009. ‘Genetics and Society: Perspectives from the Twenty-first Century’, in P. Atkinson, P Glasner and M Lock (eds) Handbook of Genetics and Society. London: Routledge: 1-14.

McNally R. & Glasner, P. 2007. ‘Survival of the Gene? 21 Century Visions from Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology’ in P Glasner, Paul Atkinson and Helen Greenslade (eds) New Genetics, New Social Formations, London: Routledge: 253-278.