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Robert Tijssen

Professor of Science and Innovation Studies

Prof.dr. R.J.W. Tijssen
+31 71 527 3960

Short CV

Prof. Robert Tijssen holds the Chair of Science and Innovation Studies at Leiden University. Robert is extraordinary professor at Stellenbosch University (South Africa), and board member of South Africa’s DST-NRF Center of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. He is a research fellow at Leiden University's Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, as well as the LDE Center for Frugal Innovation in Africa (an inter-university research consortium of Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam).

Robert is member of the editorial advisory board of 'Research Evaluation', an international peer-reviewed academic journal.

Most of his advisory and consultancy portfolio relates to monitoring and evaluation of university R&D performance. Performance metrics and indicators are important analytical tools. Research management issues related to quality assurance systems, reward and incentive systems, knowledge transfer mechanisms, and commercialisation of research are among this key topics of interest. Those activities include the 'Netherlands Review Committee on Higher Education'.

Robert is CWTS’ manager of 'U-Multirank', a European Commission supported transparency tool of higher education institutions worldwide, and sits on the 'U-Multirank' executive board. He is also board member of the 'European Network of Indicator Designers'.

He contributes to the CWTS 'Leiden Ranking', as well as the European Commission’s 'Innovation Union Scoreboard', the U21 'Ranking of National Higher Education Systems', and produces CWTS’ 'University-Industry Research Connections Scoreboard', a unique open-access web-based information source on public-private research collaboration within 750 universities.

Google Scholar Citations provides an overview of his academic research profile comprising almost 100 publications.


His interests and activities are at the nexus between science, innovation and higher education systems. The current research agenda includes quantitative studies of research cooperation, performance indicators for university rankings, university research and industrial R&D, socioeconomic impacts of science, the South African science system, and university-developed inclusive innovations in Africa.

Professor of Science and Innovation Studies

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • CWTS

Work address

Willem Einthoven
Kolffpad 1
2333 BN Leiden
Room number 5B22



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