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Dr. S.S. (Stuart) Blume

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Anthropology of Health, Care and the Body
Photographer: onbekend

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Postal address
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
Contact details
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    STUART BLUME was born in England, and educated at the University of Oxford. After a D.Phil in chemistry he moved into the fields of science policy and the sociology of science, working at the University of Sussex, the OECD in Paris, and in various British government departments. Between 1975 and 1977 he worked in the Cabinet Office (London) and from 1977 to 1980 as Research Secretary of the (government) committee on Social Inequalities in Health (the 'Black Committee'). That led to what has since been his principal research interest: in the development and introduction of new health care technologies. Starting at the London School of Economics, he continued that work after moving to a Chair of Science Dynamics at the University of Amsterdam, in 1982. The focus of this historical and sociological research has gradually shifted, from diagnostic imaging technologies, to cochlear implants, and (from 1997) to vaccines. Current research focuses on (1) the history and dynamics oftheglobal vaccine system and (2) the development and uses of techologies for and by people with disabilities. In 2000 he established the Innovia Foundation on Medicine Technology and Society as a virtual research institute concerned with user perspectives on new health care technologies.

    In 2007 Stuart Blume became Emeritus Professor. In 2009 he was appointed as expert advisor on bioethics to the World Federation of the Deaf, and from 2009- 2012 he was 'Professor 2' at the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Oslo (Norway).  In 2013-2014 he is spending part of his time as 'Prometeo' fellow at the University of Cuenca, Ecuador, and in September 2013 he is Visiting Professor at the Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Orebro University.

    Publications include

    Insight and Industry: The Dynamics of Technological Change in Medicine (Cambridge Mass. MIT Press, 1992)

    (with Pascale Lehoux) "Technology assessment and the sociopolitics of health technologies" Journal of Health Policy Politics and Law 25 2000 1083-1118

    (ed, with Virginia Berridge) Poor Health. Social Inequality before and after the Black Report (London, Frank Cass, 2002)

    (with Dale Rose) "Citizens as users of technology: an exploratory study of vaccines and vaccination" in N.J. Oudshoorn and T Pinch(eds) How Users Matter: The Co-construction of Users and Technologies (Cambridge, MIT Press 2004)

    "Lock in, the state, and vaccine development: lessons from the history of the polio vaccines" Research Policy (2005)

    (ed, with Addlakha, Devlieger,Nagase and Winance) Disability and Society: a Reader   (Delhi, Orient BlackSwan, 2009)

    The Artificial Ear: Cochlear Implants and the Culture of Deafness New Brunswick, NJ, Rutgers University Press, January 2010)

    (with S. Roalkvam, D. McNeill et al) Protecting the World's Children: Immunisation Policies and Practices  (Oxford University Press, June 2013)

    "Medical innovations: their diffusion, adoption, and critical interrogation" Sociology Compass 7/9 (2013) 726-737



  • Publications




    • Hagen Berg, A., & Blume, S. S. (2020). Reasonable Grounds? The Delayed Introduction of MMR Vaccine in Denmark and the Netherlands, 1977–87. Medical History, 64(3), 355-373. [details]


    • Blume, S. S. (2018). 두 얼굴의 백신. Sam & Parkers.


    • Blume, S. S. (2017). Immunization. How Vaccines became Controversial. Reaktion Books.
    • Huiracocha, L., Almeida, C., Huiracocha, K., Arteaga, J., Arteaga, A., & Blume, S. (2017). Parenting children with Down syndrome: Societal influences. Journal of Child Health Care, 21(4), 488-497. [details]



    • Blume, S., & Hiddinga, A. (2010). Disability Studies as an academic field: reflections on its development. Medische Antropologie, 22(2), 225-236. [details]
    • Blume, S., & Tump, J. (2010). Evidence and policymaking: the introduction of MMR vaccine in the Netherlands. Social Science & Medicine, 71(6), 1049-1055. [details]


    • Blume, S. (2009). The artificial ear: cochlear implants and the culture of deafness. New Brunswick NJ: Rutgers University Press. [details]
    • Blume, S. S. (2009). Assessing health technologies in a changing world. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 25(S1), 276-280. [details]


    • Blume, S. (2008). Towards a history of "the vaccine innovation system," 1950-2000. In C. Hannaway (Ed.), Biomedicine in the twentieth century: Practices, policies, and politics (pp. 255-286). (Biomedical and health research; No. 72). Amsterdam: IOS Press. [details]



    • Blume, S. S. (2010). Het global vaccines system: lessen van de geschiedenis. In J. van Steenbergen, & C. T. Bakker (Eds.), Het leeft onder de bevolking: maatschappelijke aspecten van infectieziektebestrijding vroeger en nu (pp. 129-140). Alphen a/d Rijn: Van Zuiden Communications.


    • Addlakha, R., Blume, S., Devlieger, P. J., Nagase, O., & Winance, M. (2009). Disability and society: a reader. New Delhi: Orient Blackswan. [details]
    • Gevers, I., Bleeker, M., Blume, S., M'Charek, A., van Rijsingen, M., & Schoonheim, J. (2009). Difference on display: diversity in art, science and society. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers. [details]
    • Gevers, I., Bleeker, M., Blume, S., M'Charek, A., van Rijsingen, M., & Schoonheim, J. (2009). Niet normaal: diversiteit in kunst, wetenschap & samenleving. Rotterdam: NAi Uitgevers. [details]


    • Blume, S. (2008). Empowering patient organizations through social science research: the case of Innovia Foundation for Medicine, Technology & Society. In M. Akrich, J. Nunes, F. Paterson, & V. Rabeharisoa (Eds.), The dynamics of patient organizations in Europe (pp. 211-220). (Collection Sciences sociales). Paris: Presses de l'École des mines. [details]


    • Blume, S. S. (2021). Book Review: Maya J. Goldenberg, Vaccine Hesitancy: Public Trust, Expertise and the War on Science, Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021. Pp. 264. $45.00. ISBN: 978-0-8229-4655-7. Social History of Medicine, [hkab070].
    • Blume, S. S. (2021). The original vaccine: Book review: Michael Bennett: War against smallpox. Edward Jenner and the global spread of vaccination. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020, xii + 424 pp. Metascience, 30, 297–299.



    • Blume, S. (2008). [Review of: J. Colgrove (2006) State of immunity: The politics of vaccination in twentieth-century America]. Medical History, 52(2), 287-288. [details]


    • Blume, S. S. (2009-2011). Expert Advisor on Bioethics, World Federation of the Deaf (WFD).
    • Blume, S. S. (2009-2011). Member of Scientific Advisory Committee, Programme on Disability, Caisse Nationale de Soldarité pour l’autonomie/MiRe, Ministere de la Santé France.
    • Blume, S. S. (2007-2009). reviewer, Sociology of Health & Illness.
    • Blume, S. S. (2007-2008). Member of working group on qualitative methods, Haute Autorité de Santé, France.
    • Blume, S. S. (2007-2009). Member of Working Group on Biosecurity, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.
    • Blume, S. S. (2007-2009). reviewer, Social Science & Medicine.
    • Blume, S. S. (2007-2009). reviewer, Science, Technology & Human Values.

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