Prof. dr. Sarah de Rijcke

Prof. dr. Sarah de Rijcke


Sarah de Rijcke is Professor of Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies and Scientific Director at CWTS. Here, she chairs the Science and Evaluation Studies (SES) research group. She is also co-chair of the Research on Research Institute (RoRI), founded by Wellcome Trust, University of Sheffield, Leiden University, and Digital Science.

Sarah specialises in social studies of research evaluation, and has published widely on the topic of the relations between quality control mechanisms and knowledge production in different fields. She has also developed a strong international public academic presence with outreach activities in science policy, speaking frequently on the topic of research evaluation and metrics uses.

The work of her research group focuses on a) developing a theoretical framework on the politics of contemporary research assessment; b) gaining a deep empirical understanding on how formal and informal evaluation practices are re-shaping academic knowledge production; c) contributing to shaping contemporary debates on responsible research evaluation and metrics uses (including policy implications). This program is situated at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies and the sociology and anthropology of science.

Sarah is Editorial Board member of Palgrave Communications; Science, Technology & Human Values (ST&HV); The Global Epistemics Book Series; and Interdisciplinary Science Reviews. She is council member of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST), and board member of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC). As of 2020, she is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Munich Centre for Technology in Society (MCTS), and the Austrian Science Fund (FWF). She was elected as member of the Young Academy of Europe in 2016.

In 2019, she received a ZonMW-grant Fostering Responsible Research Practices grant for the project ‘Stimulating Academic Gatekeeper Engagement in responsible research assessment (SAGE)’ (together with Guus Dix). In 2018, she received an ERC Starting Grant for the project ‘FluidKnowledge – How evaluation shapes ocean science.’ (2019-2023). In February 2017, she received a ZonMw Fostering Responsible Research Practices grant for the project ‘Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement’.

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