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).
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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.
PhD candidate in the Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) group as part of the Sarah de Rijcke’s Fluid Knowledge Project.
Senior 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.
Tjitske Holtrop is a senior researcher and director of culture and inclusion at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. She is a coordinator of the Engagement & Inclusions focal area and a member of the Evaluation & Culture focal area.
Wolfgang Kaltenbrunner is a senior researcher and director of research and education at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University. He is a coordinator of the Evaluation & Culture focal area.
Senior researcher at CWTS. Thed's research focuses on the relationships between (reforms of) research evaluation, open scholarship, and research integrity, 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.
Sarah de Rijcke is professor of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University and dean of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences. Her work examines the interactions between science governance and knowledge creation. Sarah is a member of the Engagement & Inclusion and Evaluation & Culture focal areas. Between 2019 and 2023, she served as scientific director of CWTS.
PhD candidate and member of the Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) research group. She studies new tools used in research evaluation, particularly those which aim to capture wider notions of research quality, excellence and impact.
Researcher. Focusing on Open Science in the context of Responsible Research Assessment. Member of the focal areas Information & Openness and Evaluation & Culture.
Researcher with the FluidKnowledge project. Her research examines how combining methods from science and technology studies (STS) with scientometrics can help study the relationship between (e)valuation and knowledge production in Ocean Science.
Paul Wouters is emeritus professor of scientometrics.. 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.
PhD candidate in the Science Based Business group at Leiden University. Her research focusses on the social and organisational dynamics of international scientific consortia.