The Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) research group analyses the politics and practices of research evaluation in connection with contemporary forms of governance of research and scholarship. We use the concept of "governance" because it allows us to take into account the changing relationships between knowledge production processes and formal and informal steering efforts at multiple levels in the science system:
The work of the group has three main aims. First, we aim to develop a theoretical framework on the politics and practices of contemporary research evaluation. Second, we wish to gain a deeper empirical understanding of how formal and informal evaluation practices are re-shaping academic knowledge production. Third, we want to understand how changes in scholarly infrastructures interact with epistemic processes. A crucial societal mission of the group is to contribute to shaping contemporary debates on responsible research evaluation and metrics uses (including policy implications).
Part-time PhD candidate who also works as staff advisor at the UMC Utrecht and is involved in the Science in Transition initiative. He analyzes institutional policy-making processes that shape research evaluation practices.
Researcher. Guus’ research focuses on ways to foster responsible research in biomedicine and on the historical and institutional contexts in which ‘the incentive’ became an instrument to understand and govern human behavior.
Researcher. Thomas works on the intersection of valuation studies, sociology and STS. Previous research analyzed the constitutive effects of the rise of competitive project funding on the epistemic and organizational properties of research. His current interests are the history of scientometrics and valuation cultures in the humanities and its effects on knowledge production.
Researcher. Trained as an anthropologist Tjitske studies how evaluation gets done, what kind of resources and people they mobilize, and what kinds of practices, collectives and ideas of accountability, change and quality they make possible.
Researcher. Wolfgang focuses on a variety of topics in the area of evaluation studies, including the politics of quantification and the interpretation and use of academic CVs in peer review.
Senior researcher and co-leading the research theme on open scholarship. Thed's research focuses on the various aspects of open scholarship, as well as on the research assessment of scholarly activity in the social sciences, the humanities, and law. He is co-editor of the OUP journal Research Evaluation.
Postdoctoral researcher and member of the Science and Evaluation Studies research group. Philippe’s research interests include the relationship between evaluation practices and knowledge production, team science, and researchers’ data sharing and reuse behavior.
Professor of Science and Evaluation Studies and deputy director of CWTS, and coordinator of the Science and Evaluation Studies research group. Her research interests include academic valuation and evaluation processes, changing research cultures, knowledge infrastructures, and roles of research in and for society.
Researcher and member of the Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) working group. Clifford’s research is focused on Open Science in relation to emerging evaluation practices and research information systems.
Researcher. Govert works in the areas of science and technology studies, philosophy of technology, and political philosophy. He works on the project 'Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement'. The project is funded by ZonMw.
Professor of Scientometrics and director of CWTS. Paul is interested in how evaluation systems have developed and are creating new constraints for the development of knowledge. He is also interested in the history of science in general and the role of information systems in these histories in particular.
PhD candidate. Jochem is working on a PhD thesis that focuses on the formative effects of new incentive and reward systems in biomedicine within the Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) group.
Researcher. Stefan’s research interests are the relationship between science policy and academic research, focusing on societal impact and evaluation of academic research.
Endowed professor Evidence for Science Policy, CWTS, and Head of Research at the Rathenau Instituut. Barend’s research focuses on instruments of science policy making and the changes in the profession of science.