MUSTS Colloquium with Sarah de Rijcke on research evaluation, research conduct and science-society relations

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 15:30-17:00

Attic (3rd floor)

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Grote Gracht 80-82


Bend until it breaks? On interactions between research evaluation, research conduct, and science-society relations


Sarah de Rijcke

Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University




In the past couple of decades, most European economies have dedicated significant resources to restructuring their science and innovation systems to meet global challenges. They have done so through concrete science policy interventions, including research evaluation and accountability dictates. Evaluation systems simultaneously reflect broader notions of the role of science in and for society, and affect and call on different scientific fields in different ways. In this talk I will share results from recent projects in which we analyzed interactions between evaluation and knowledge creation on the ‘shop-floor’ of academic research. I will also provide a ‘sneak preview’ into my new project FluidKnowledge: a multi-scale ethnography on how evaluation shapes ocean science.



Sarah de Rijcke is Professor of Science, Technology and Innovation Studies and Scientific Director at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University. Sarah specializes in social studies of research evaluation, which she considers in relation to epistemic cultures, knowledge infrastructures, valuation processes, and roles of research in and for society. She has developed a strong international public academic presence with outreach activities in science policy, speaking frequently on the topic of research evaluation and metrics uses. Sarah serves on the editorial boards of Science, Technology & Human Values (ST&HV), Palgrave Communications, and Science and Technology Studies. Her present research is funded by grants from the European Research Council (ERC), and from the The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw).