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Laurens Hessels

Professor by special appointment Science and Technology Studies

Prof.dr. L.K. Hessels
+31 71 527 2727

Professor by special appointment at CWTS. Laurens conducts research into the processes and mechanisms of knowledge valorization and into methods and indicators for evaluating valorization.

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Laurens Hessels is a professor by special appointment of the societal value of science. This chair was established on the initiative of the Rathenau Instituut and is also funded by the Rathenau Instituut. Hessels’ research focuses on the best way for researchers to work with practitioners (co-creation) so that their research is of maximum benefit to society. He also investigates how research and innovation can help tackle major societal problems. In addition, he contributes to the development of methods for improving the evaluation of the societal value of research.

He also works as senior researcher at the Rathenau Instituut, where he carries out research on science and innovation policies. Laurens completed his PhD in 2010 at Utrecht University with a study into how university researchers deal with the practical applications of their work. He has also worked as a researcher with KWR Watercycle Research Institute and as a policy advisor at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Professor by special appointment Science and Technology Studies

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • CWTS

Work address

Willem Einthoven
Kolffpad 1
2333 BN Leiden



  • Rathenau Instituut senior researcher
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