Alex Rushforth, PhD
Alex Rushforth is a researcher at CWTS, Leiden University. He works in the areas of sociology of science, higher education, and organizational sociology. Whilst training at the Universities of Surrey and York in the United Kingdom, he has developed interests in the evolving governance of public sciences, and in particular its impact upon the research process itself. This interest was spawned through a PhD in organization studies comparing the impact of research policy reforms – specifically the shift in attention towards 'translational science' – on different domains of medical science in British universities. This comparative approach towards governance effects has continued into his current work with the EPIC working group at CWTS, which focuses on the impact of performance-based evaluation and metrics on biomedical research in Dutch and British academic medical schools.
Journal publications (4)
- De Rijcke, S., Wouters, P., Rushforth, A.D., Franssen, T.P., & Hammarfelt, B.M.S. (2016). Evaluation practices and effects of indicator use - A literature review. Research Evaluation. doi:10.1093/reseval/rvv038.
- De Rijcke, S., & Rushforth, A.D. (2015). To intervene, or not to intervene, is that the question? On the role of scientometrics in research evaluation. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 66(9), 1954-1958. doi:10.1002/asi.23382.
- Rushforth, A.D. (2015). Meeting pragmatism halfway: Making a pragmatic clinical trial protocol. Sociology of Health & Illness, 37(8), 1285-1298. doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12311.
- Rushforth, A.D., & De Rijcke, S. (2015). Accounting for impact? The journal impact factor and the making of biomedical research in the Netherlands. Minerva, 53(2), 117-139. doi:10.1007%2Fs11024-015-9274-5.